Posts Tagged ‘David Wojnarowicz’

Continuing a Dialogue . . . With Penny Starr

Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution G. Wayne Clough has pledged to continue a dialogue about censorship at the Smithsonian. (At least, come April, he will.) Another figure in this great debate, however, has remained notably absent: Penny Starr, the conservative activist-journalist whose story initially spurred Sec. Clough to pull David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My [...]

Arts Roundup: Sticky Edition

If you've ever wondered what it's like to fill your mouth with maraschino cherries and corn syrup while bathing yourself in Cool Whip for the sake of avant-garde photography, you're in luck. TBD's Maura Judkis recounted her experiences modeling as such for the photographer Victoria F. Gaitán, who lit up Fotoweek with her series of [...]

Clough Joins Censorship Debate With Pledge That Debate Will Continue

Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution G. Wayne Clough has emerged from the high castle towers to talk to The Washington Post's Jacqueline Trescott and The New York Times' Kate Taylor. If Clough's pledge that the Smithsonian will "continue a dialogue" is to be believed, it is a dialogue that will take pace at a glacial pace. Witness, [...]

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 [...]

iPad Protesters to Return to National Portrait Gallery With Trailer—and Permits

Michael Blasenstein and Michael Iacovone, who were detained and ejected from the National Portrait Gallery last month for displaying a censored video artwork inside the museum, are back to protest the Smithsonian Institution. They return with a format much larger than an iPad—plus the proper paperwork for their demonstration.
Blasenstein and Iacovone will park a trailer [...]

Reflections on D.C. Art in 2010

I'm not a fan of top tens. And because I just began covering art for the Washington City Paper in the middle of the year–with a fall hiatus–I don't feel qualified to give a list of "best shows." But, there are several things I'm ruminating about going into 2011.
The Washington Project of the Arts is [...]

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 [...]

Silence = Unprofessional: The Wojnarowicz Panel

During last night's panel at the Washington Jewish Community Center, National Portrait Gallery historian and "Hide/Seek" curator David Ward said that removing an important artwork from the show threatened to undermine the entire exhibit. He said that the work represented a fine example of the themes that the show's critics don't want to discuss. He [...]

International War Over Wojnarowicz Video Unlikely

As Tyler Green reported at ARTINFO, artist A.A. Bronson has asked that the National Portrait Gallery return his work, Felix, June 5, 1994, on view in the "Hide/Seek" exhibit. This is a notable development because Bronson's stark, large-scale print occupies a significant place in the exhibition layout. It's also noteworthy because the National Portrait Gallery [...]

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 [...]