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David Wojnarowicz

The American Rimbaud

Steve Turtell | Posted 10.20.2012 | Books
Steve Turtell

I've just finished reading an extraordinary book. It was hard to read the last pages because, as I had a half dozen times already, I was crying. Other people I know have wept repeatedly as they made their way through Cynthia Carr's Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz.

The Life And Times Of David Wojnarowicz

Posted 07.17.2012 | Arts

"Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz" is paying tribute to the artist, writer and AIDS activist whose name entered headlines in...

Artists We Lost To AIDS

Posted 06.27.2012 | Arts

Today is National HIV Testing Day, so we want to reflect on the history of AIDS and its impact on the Arts. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (A...

One Thing of Which I Am Certain

Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson | Posted 01.30.2012 | Arts
Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson

In my years as a curator of contemporary art, the question I have most frequently been asked is how I make the choices I make, how and why I select the artists that I do.

The Culture Wars, Redux

Michael Keegan | Posted 01.17.2012 | Arts
Michael Keegan

One year ago, we were all struck by a severe sense of déjà vu when the Smithsonian became mired in a disturbingly retro culture war. The controversy...

Controversial Crucifix Film Moves To NY After Being Kicked Out Of Smithsonian

AP | Posted 01.09.2012 | Home

The Associated Press NEW YORK -- A major exhibition of gay-themed art that includes a film of ants crawling on a crucifix is opening at the Brookly...

America's Children: Victims of Adult Vices

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 09.20.2011 | Arts
Lisa Kaas Boyle

"The Children, Victims of Adult Vices" is effective public art that forces us to confront our vices and how they jeopardize the future of humanity. T...

Censorship at Many Levels

Robert Glenn Ketchum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Robert Glenn Ketchum

David Wojnarowicz is not the first incidence of censorship by the Smithsonian. As an artist whose work has been the subject of a Smithsonian censorship attempt, allow me to provide a brief history.

"Hide/Seek" Fallout: Interference Institutionalized at the Smithsonian

Lee Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lee Rosenbaum

If it follows the advice of a committee, Smithsonian museums will be buried under a new layer of procedural requirements for public input whenever a cautious curator flags a proposed exhibition as "sensitive."

LA Gallery To Show Controversial Art Censored By Smithsonian

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A gallery in downtown Los Angeles is planning to show a video by the late artist David Wojnarowicz that is currently at the center of a censorship deb...

Critics Wary Of New Smithsonian Review Policy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Critics who raised objections to a video at a Smithsonian exhibit that showed ants crawling...

ART PROTEST: Washington DC Gallery Protests Against Smithsonian

npr.org | By the Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

A Washington art gallery pledged a round-the-clock protest Thursday against what it calls censorship by the Smithsonian Institution for removing a vid...

Bill Donohue Wary Of New Smithsonian Review Policy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Critics who raised objections to a video at a Smithsonian exhibit that showed ants crawling...

For the Smithsonian's Sake, Clough Should Step Down

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Keegan

In making the decision to remove a controversial work of art from one of the Smithsonian's museums, Clough has shown that he cannot adequately uphold the mission and the legacy of this American institution.

Protests Against Censorship At Smithsonian Secrectary's Speech In L.A.

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

The few protesters outside the Biltmore Hotel Thursday with a poster-board cross and a casket weren't exactly sure what to do. They had come to prote...

'Hide/Seek' Portrait Defended By Smithsonian Chief In Wake Of Controversy

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LOS ANGELES — After complaints prompted him to cut a 4-minute video from an exhibition about gay contributions to art, the secretary of the Smit...

'Hide/Seek' Interview: Smithsonian Secretary Clough 'Can Do the Math' (But Miscalculates)

Lee Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lee Rosenbaum

How did Clough analyze the potential damage from the political, cultural and religious firestorm that erupted over his order to remove one work from the National Portrait Gallery's provocative, gay-themed "Hide/Seek" exhibition?

Smithsonian Secretary Defends Decision To Remove Wojnarowicz's Controversial Video

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

On Tuesday, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough defended his decision to remove David Wojnarowicz's controversial video Fire In My Belly. The video, wh...

Misreading the Signs: How the Visual Illiteracy of Sarah Palin and The Smithsonian Re-ignite the Culture Wars

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

2011-01-19-gkjf.jpgIt's arguable that all conflicts begin with miscommunication.

PLAN ForYourArt: January 13-19

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

There has never been more worldwide attention to the creative culture of Los Angeles.

WikiLeaks and David Wojnarowicz: A Perspective from Berlin

Merrill Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Merrill Cole

Is WikiLeaks art? I'm not sure that WikiLeaks or Assange would agree with me, but my answer is a definitive "yes." WikiLeaks calls itself "innovative," and I agree. This innovation reads to me as an Internet Age version of photomontage.

Smithsonian Stands Firm on Censorship, Congressional Checkbook Trumps Constitution

Jim Hedges | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Hedges

2011-01-11-self.jpgNearly two years ago, I was asked to lend an artwork entitled Self-Portrait by artist Jack Pierson to the National Portrait Gallery.

Art, Censorship, and the Scandal of the Cross

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

The recent censorship by the Smithsonian Institution of a controversial video clip by the late gay artist David Wojnarowicz - which contained images o...

Smithsonian: Just Put the Art Back

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Keegan

Everyone makes mistakes under pressure. But the Smithsonian's leaders have the rare opportunity to correct the damage done by their error of removing David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly exhibit.

The Return Of The Religious In Contemporary Art

Matthew Milliner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matthew Milliner

While the Smithsonian controversy made it seem like art and religion could never be more distanced, the truth is that religion has become an increasing point of artistic concern.