A local Boston arts television segment was pulled from its regular evening time slot due to its content covering a local art exhibition that represented the nude form.
Art 617, produced by B Roll Films, is broadcast by Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN), a community cable television network run by Boston Community Access and Programming Foundation, which broadcasts on RCN 83 and Comcast 23. Episode 4 of Art 617 – Builders, Pitbulls and Nudes, featured which a November Exhibit of at Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston “Nudes” Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston. The show, curated by Rob Clifford, featured painting, sculpture, and photography. Due to the theme of the show and what was represented in artworks, BNN had deemed the Episode 4 of Art 617 as “possibly offensive” and moved the airing to Monday’s at 11:00 and 11:30 pm. Also featured in Episode 4 of Art 617 also featured Mario Nicosia, SoWa developer; “American Pitbull” by photographer Mario Nicosia at Bernard Toale Gallery.
Those representing B Roll Films have argued that this marginalized access to arts coverage, whatever the content, can be seen as censorship. They have asked the Boston arts community for their continued support and recognize their First Amendment rights to information.