posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 02:10 AM
"On June 15 a federal grand jury will consider bioterrorism charges against Steve Kurtz, a Buffalo, N.Y. university professor who was working on an
exhibit for Mass MoCA and belongs to the internationally acclaimed Critical Art Ensemble. The exhibit included the use of simple biology equipment,
such as Petri dishes."
"An FBI agent from Buffalo handed subpoenas to two of four ensemble artists, Beatriz da Costa and Steve Barnes, on May 30 outside the Holiday Inn in
North Adams while the duo was in town for the opening of Mass MoCA's latest season, said Nato Thompson, associate curator. Both da Costa and Barnes
are scheduled to testify."
"Because materials intended for the art project were seized, an empty space and a sign explaining the situation stand in Mass MoCA where the exhibit
would have been."
"Unfortunately, it's hit home, it's hit here," said City Councilor Gailanne Cariddi. "I think perhaps we can turn a sharper attention to the
ramifications of what's going on in this country."