Disturbing Innocence, was a group exhibition curated by artist Eric Fischl, on view at the Flag Art Foundation from October 25, 2014 – January 31, 2015. Disturbing Innocence featured over 50 historical and contemporary artists whose use of dolls, toys, mannequins, robots, and other surrogates formed a deep and powerfully expressive genre. The exhibition posed profound questions surrounding social constructs of youth, beauty, transformation, violence, sexuality, gender, identity, and loneliness. Inspired by Fischl’s own childhood in suburban Long Island, NY, and his early career as an artist working in New York City in the 1980s, Disturbing Innocence presents a subversive and escapist world at odds with the values and pretensions of polite society. Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated catalogue with an original text by James Frey, ‘A Real Doll’ by A.M. Homes, and a conversation featuring Eric Fischl, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, and Laurie Simmons, moderated by FLAG Founder Glenn Fuhrman.