Read SMART TACTICS: Curating Difficult Content

22 January 2021


It is pre-emptive self-censorship that presents the greatest challenge to a truly diverse and lively cultural sphere.

Thanks to the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), CIMAM is pleased to offer its members exclusive access to the online version of the book SMART TACTICS: Curating Difficult Content for a limited number of days: 25 – 29 January 2021.

→ Starting on Sunday 24 at 7 pm EST until Friday 29 January 2021. Download the PDF version in the Members Only section or send us an email to


High-profile art controversies today come at a frequency unseen since the 1990s Culture Wars. But those who work in art institutions know that headlines and hashtags are just a fraction of the real story.


The National Coalition Against Censorship has conducted a wide-reaching qualitative and quantitative study on the many forms art censorship can take in cultural institutions.

SMART TACTICS: Curating Difficult Content examines the internal and external pressures curators must navigate when considering potentially controversial material. Combining decades of advocacy experience with extensive interviews and curatorial surveys, this volume includes both a report on what happens behind the scenes in art institutions and a handbook for confronting the challenges of curating difficult content.

About the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)

For almost 50 years, NCAC has acted as a first responder to protect freedom of expression, which is both a fundamental human right and a keystone of democracy in the ever-changing American nation. We promote freedom of thought and inquiry and oppose censorship. When controversy occurs, we encourage and facilitate dialogue between divergent voices and perspectives, including those that have historically been silenced.

We envision an American society that understands, values, defends, and vigorously exercises free expression in a just, egalitarian, diverse, and inclusive democracy.

National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)