Location: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: 1988

There was a massive scandal in 1990, the year following the death of the widely celebrated photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In a retrospective of his highly homoerotic work at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, seven of the 175 photographs were considered un-viewable. As a result, the museum was sued for obscenity, the first time in the history of the nation such a thing had happened. The museum was found not guilty because of First Amendment rights.