"Beauty and the Bureaucracy have as much trouble coupling as all the rest of us. -Lucy R. Lippard, "Moving Targets, Moving Out." "Art does not have any more right to deeply offend people than people have to deeply offend people." The video (7 minutes) documents the actual installation "AstorialDreams of New York" at the Subway Center. The video was taken at different times on site and draws excerpts from the censorship and removal of the piece, interviews from Channel 7, NYC, and the interaction with the commuters when I was physically by my piece during rush hours after it was reinstalled. My project "AstoriaiDreams of New York" explores with photographs and text the current urban challenge to draw communities together and raises consciousness regarding urban experience. By using imagery and symbols of my own cultural background I want to address issues of social, political and economic polarization and alienation that we experience in our cities. My project also explores the public sphere with photography, not only as the factory of politics but photography and text as a means to produce a cultural space of democratic and active discourse. The censorship and removal of my work by the MTA officials as controversial, because some young commuters complained that I did not use black faces, seemed to enforce some views that I would like to discuss in my lecutre. The reviews which appeared in the mainstream press responded to the work within the context of censorship and of first amendment rights. One of the most disturbing aspects is that most recent arts controversies have involved multicultural issues and artists. The perception of multiculturalism and diversity from many of us have led to an organized backlash of cultural terrorism. The debate calls forth many of the aesthetic, social and legal questiohs. over what is appropriate for Public Art. What happens when public art is not about abstraction, introspection, minimalism, etc., but about issues, via images, and members of the community are horrified by this uncompromising confrontational aspects of the visual arts, especially photographs? I want to re-examine the public function of the arts today, and the relationships between the artist and the Public Arts agencies. I am interested in redefining Public versus Private, and defining, Who is the public? Through my project I want to address the question of culture and ethnicity and how it affects multicultural relations, and to what extent "political correctness" determines a piece of art's credibility or significance."