Fresh Paint
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Artist Arrested Under (un)Patriot Act
Holy Shit!
Feds Unable to Distinguish Art from Bioterrorism
Grieving Artist Denied Access to Deceased Wife's Body

Steve Kurtz was already suffering from one tragedy when he called 911 early in the morning to tell them his wife had suffered a cardiac arrest and died in her sleep. The police arrived and, cranked up on the rhetoric of the "War on Terror," decided Kurtz's art supplies were actually bioterrorism weapons.
This is an Associate Professor at SUNY Buffalo, my old alma mater. This story is amazing but true (via Russ Kick of Memory Hole via Boing Boing).

More, and link to his defense fund is here. You many not like his art, but he is serious about what he and his group are doing, and much respected at the borders of art. On top of all this, the poor man hasn't been allowed to grieve over his wife. Illinois's own Buzz Spector (now at Cornell) and David Jones of Anchor Graphics were both guest lecturers in the Visual Studies Speaker Series with Dr. Kurtz this past year. Such terrorists!

This government has got to go.

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