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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Ann Telnaes (b. 1960). For the New Year I've Decided to Give Up Smoking, Drinking, and My Civil Rights, October 28, 2001. Ink brush over pencil and graphite underdrawing with opaque white. Gift of the artist, 2004. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (032.00.00)
LC–DIG–ppmsca–04690 © Ann Telnaes
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No Big Deal

In a holiday party scene drawn with streamlined elegance, Ann Telnaes injects grave concern over post-9/11 loss of civil liberties. Among the most controversial proposals put forth in the name of strong anti-terrorism measures included plans to monitor conversations between detained suspects and their attorneys and to try non-citizens in military tribunals. Telnaes expected more protest, but observed that "People seemed to so easily say, we can just give a little bit of our freedom away, to make sure we're all safe."

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