Monday, January 31, 2011
David Wojnarowicz’s “A Fire in My Belly”
Students in Greg's discussion group should watch David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” (above) and read the following public statements and reports about the controversy it sparked at the Smithsonian. Then for our class on Feb. 7, write about the Smithsonian's decisions to remove Wojnarowicz's video but keep AA Bronson's photo in the "Hide/Seek" exhibit. Was the Smithsonian right, wrong, or somewhere in between? Back up your position by citing information in the readings.
June 2, 2010: Smithsonian: The National Portrait Gallery Presents “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture”
Nov. 30, 2010: Catholic League: Smithsonan Hosts Anti-Christian Exhibit
Nov. 30, 2010: New York Magazine: U.S. Representative John Boehner Is Now a Curator
Nov. 30, 21010: Smithsonian: Statement on “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture”
Dec. 6, 2010: L.A. Times: Smithsonian Institution fails to stand up to anti-gay bullies
Dec. 7, 2010: Smithsonian: Q&A Regarding the "Hide/Seek" Exhibition
Dec. 10, 2010: Washington Post: 'Fire' man: Wojnarowicz, censored by Smithsonian, sounded an alarm in dire times
Dec. 16, 2010: Modern Art Notes: Q&A with AA Bronson on ‘Hide/Seek,’ ‘Felix’
Dec. 16, 2010: Catholic League: The "American Taliban" Catholic League
Pictured: David Wojnarowicz’s “A Fire in My Belly” from ppow_gallery on Vimeo.