Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

NoVa’s Cartoonists Rights Network International Advocates for Political Artists in Trouble

Like an Amnesty International for editorial cartoonists, CRNI raises global support for jailed or punished artists.

Local Artist’s Mural Censored at American University

"Fucking," but with a black bar over it

Wayne’s World: Should G. Wayne Clough Be Remembered as a Technocrat, a Censor, or Both?

Best of Both Worlds is a funny coda to G. Wayne Clough’s six-year stint as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. His recent e-book, released in August, is a treatise on museums, a subject that would seem to tap his experience as governor along the National Mall. Yet it also draws attention to his greatest failure [...]

Smithsonian Sticking With Secretary G. Wayne Clough

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough won't be leaving his position anytime soon, top Smithsonian executives announced after a meeting of the institution's Board of Regents today. Clough was first appointed in July 2008—and contrary to what some outlets have reported, he's not at the end of a five-year term.
"I serve at the pleasure of the Board of [...]

Meet a Visiting Cartoonist: A Chat With Nick Bertozzi

Nick Bertozzi has been working in comics for just over a decade, starting with his self-published, Xeric-grant-financed, map-formatted Boswash in 2000. I thought The Salon, a ghost and murder mystery featuring Cubists like Picasso and Braque, was one of the best graphic novels of 2007, but his nude drawings of Picasso (specifically his penis) led to [...]

Clough Releases Statement on Wojnarowicz Controversy. But Why Call It a Controversy?

Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution G. Wayne Clough released a statement today addressing his decision last month to pull a video from the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek" exhibit. Read the full statement below.
But first, some notes! My persistent position on this issue is that it was not a controversy. There were not two sides engaged [...]

Acquiring Censored Wojnarowicz Video, MoMA Is Late to the Party

Tyler Green reports that the Museum of Modern Art has acquired David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly. [UPDATE: In fact it was the New York Times's Kate Taylor who got the story first.] I don't know that I follow how that is the "strongest institutional response" yet to the censorship of the work by [...]

Should Smithsonian Secretary Clough Go?

Philip Kennicott says yes. In an impassioned essay for the Washington Post, Kennicott calls for the resignation of Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Wayne Clough, arguing that his official decision to remove a video work by David Wojnarowicz from the National Portrait Gallery earlier this month rolled back on the progress of Smithsonian museums and [...]

Smithsonian Unmoved by Warhol Foundation Threats To Cut Funding

Earlier this afternoon, the Andy Warhol Foundation sent Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Wayne Clough a letter threatening to cut future Foundation funding for Smithsonian exhibits unless the Smithsonian reinstated David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly to the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek" exhibit.
The Warhol Foundation raised the stakes—and the Smithsonian called them on [...]

Patti Smith to Stick With Scheduled National Portrait Gallery Talk

If Patti Smith is bothered by the National Portrait Gallery controversy, she isn't saying.
The rock legend and recent author is speaking on Saturday at the museum in support of Just Kids, her National Book Award–winning memoir about her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, with whom she shared an address at the Chelsea Hotel for many [...]