The art world has been up in arms regarding the Smithsonian's recent censorship of artist David Wojnarowicz's video "A Fire in My Belly." After the National Portrait Gallery was bullied by GOP members John Boehner and Eric Cantor to remove parts of the piece that included a crucifix covered in ants as a metaphor to AIDS, major backers threatened to pull funding in protest. As a result, Martin Sullivan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery has resigned.
The New Museum (as well as institutions around the country) has been showing the film in its lobby since the incident. This Sunday, December 19th, show your support for the film and its message by joining a protest from the Metropolitan Museum to Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt. The protest begins at 1pm at the MET and participants will be given a paper mask of artist David Wojnarowicz in hopes of raising awareness of the incident.
WATCH for yourself: