Posts Tagged ‘g. wayne clough’

Never Change, Transformer: Logan Circle’s Tiniest Gallery Toasts to 10 Years of Hard-to-Sell Art

When Transformer marks its 10th anniversary this Friday, some of D.C.’s best artists will be among the revelers. And so will some of its worst.
That’s the way it should be. The art organization’s annual silent art auction has for nearly a decade served as an informal art prom, where artists, dealers, and collectors—with and without gallery [...]

National Portrait Gallery Director to Step Down

National Portrait Gallery Director Martin Sullivan, who weathered a political storm after Secretary of the Smithsonian G. Wayne Clough censored an artwork on display in the museum's "Hide/Seek" show in late 2010, is stepping down for health reasons. The museum's curator of prints and drawings, Wendy Wick Reaves, will serve as acting director while a [...]

Penny Starr Returns With New Attack on Gays, National Portrait Gallery

Is Penny Starr losing her touch?
The activist-slash-journalist who launched the campaign that got a queer-themed artwork removed from the National Portrait Gallery is back—with, well, the exact same complaint about the same museum. But this year, her timing is off.
In late November 2010, Starr penned a complaint about "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," [...]

Museum of Censored Art Founders Win 2011 ALA Award for Intellectual Freedom

The American Library Association has named Mike Blasenstein and Michael Dax Iacovone the winners of the 2011 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for intellectual freedom. Earlier this year, Blasenstein and Iacovone established and maintained the Museum of Censored Art, a mobile protest center they parked outside the National Portrait Gallery from Jan. 13 to Feb. [...]

What We Learned at Film Forward

The Washington stop of the Sundance Institute’s Film Forward began with a diplomatic slip-up—Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador, was unable to attend the press breakfast at his own embassy. It fell to one of the ambassador’s underlings to introduce the actress Kerry Washington.
“Really great films allow you to step outside yourself and see another’s experience,” [...]

Strong Curatorial Programming for Some, Miniature American Flags for Others

Alyssa Rosenberg continues to push for the Smithsonian American Art Museum's "Art of Video Games" exhibit today in a post over at Matthew Yglesias' place. I think that she—like the Smithsonian American Art Museum—is plainly ignoring the fact that many if not most of these games are products of Japan. The genre is overwhelmingly linked to [...]

Arts Roundup: Public Shaming Edition

"Hope You've Seen the Pandas, Adrian": Smithsonian secretary G. Wayne Clough tried to finally address the public last night about the manufactured controversy over the short film A Fire in My Belly that was briefly part of the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek" exhibit last winter. His statements weren't satisfactory for some in the crowd, TBD's Maura Judkis reports. Adrian Parsons, [...]

Arts Roundup: This Is Evil Edition

G. Wayne's World: G. Wayne Clough testifies on Capitol Hill this week about the $861.5 million the President's budget allocates for the Smithsonian, and The New York Times has a profile of the institution's secretary which doubles as a pretty lengthy account of last fall's "Hide/Seek" debacle. According to the article, Clough met with Smithsonian [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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