Ralph Ginzburg, publisher, "Eros"
Date: 1951 - 1975
Region: North America
Subject: Explicit Sexuality
Medium: Print Journalism
Artist: Ralph Ginzburg
Confronting Bodies: US Supreme Court
Dates of Action: Unknown - but see below.
Location: Unknown - but see below.
Description of Artwork: Erotic art, unusual in that it wasn't "common smut", but rather poems, paintings, and the like.
The Incident: Ralph was tried under the usual anti-pornography laws, and found guilty. Court specifically ruled that material had "no redeeming social value", despite its obvious artistic content.
Results of Incident: Jail time for Mr. Ginzburg.
Source: Go purchase a copy of "Eros on Trial", which is available for sale on the web. This short booklet describes the incident in detail, including trial transcripts. It's very interesting reading.