Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Clough’

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Fire in Her Belly: Penny Starr, the Conservative Activist Who Punked the Smithsonian

A number of heroes and villains have emerged in the controversy following the Smithsonian Institution’s decision to remove a video work by David Wojnarowicz on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Victoria Reis, director of scrappy D.C. nonprofit Transformer, quickly showed A Fire in My Belly after it was taken down last week. On the [...]

Banned in D.C.: Activists Detained at National Portrait Gallery, Banned From Smithsonian

National Portrait Gallery Protest from Michael Dax Iacovone on Vimeo.
Two activists were detained by police on Saturday at the National Portrait Gallery after showing David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly on an iPad inside the museum. Both activists were ejected and subsequently banned for life from any Smithsonian Institution facility.
D.C. residents Mike Blasenstein, 37, [...]

A Letter to Wayne Clough from Transformer

Transformer Gallery just issued an open letter to Wayne Clough, calling for the reinstatement of David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly in the "Hide/Seek" exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.
UPDATE, 5:11 P.M.: The Washington Project for the Arts also issue a statement calling for the Smithsonian to reinstate A Fire in My Belly.
Washington [...]

Another Summer, Another Search for a Museum Director

Corcoran director Paul Greenhalgh resigned yesterday, and if Corcoran employees want to commiserate, they should look no further than their neighbors on the Mall. In the past few years, the District's art museums and organizations have experienced a high rate of turnover for their top jobs, especially at high-profile institutions like the Hirshhorn and the [...]