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Race, politics, sex, gender, religion, violence, or simply the unfamiliar?  Here are some samples of works that have crossed a boundary of what was acceptable in their time.  Flashpoints
Visual Arts
The Armory Show
The Comic Book Code
Gustave Courbet's A Burial at Ornans
Michelangelo's David
Diego Rivera's Man at the Crossroads
Edouard Manet's Olympia
Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Richard Serra's Tilted Arc
Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
Xu Bing's A Book from the Sky

Music and Dance
Elvis Presley
Early Jazz
Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring
The Tango
Brazilian Tropicalia

Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels
Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita
Pramoedya Ananta Toer's Buru Quartet
Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses
James Joyce's Ulysses

Theater, Film, and Video
D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation
Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange
The Federal Theater Project's The Cradle Will Rock
Deepa Mehta's Fire
Howard Hawks' Scarface and the Hollywood Production Code
Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ
Mae West
American' Playhouse'sTales of the City
The Wooster Group's Route 1 and 9 (The Last Act)
Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto

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