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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...

'Hide/Seek: Difference And Desire In American Portraiture' Journeys West (PHOTOS)

David C. Ward | Posted 05.25.2012 | Gay Voices
David C. Ward

The story of how "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" came to Tacoma is an unusual and interesting one, one that says something about the importance of the exhibition and its place in contemporary cultural, and museum, politics.

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...

"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."

The Battle Over the Smithsonian and the Right's New Culture Wars

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Keegan

The bigger fight that the Smithsonian debate represented -- over the efforts of a small and vocal group on the right to define American values for us all -- is just beginning.

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...

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.

'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...

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.

Censorship: Toys in the Nation's Attic

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

God knows, Christianity will carry on, despite this minuscule, alleged affront of the Wojnarowicz video.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell": A Useful Policy for the "Hide/Seek" Show at National Portrait Gallery

Lee Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lee Rosenbaum

Politicians who know relatively little about art and museums should adhere to the "don't ask" admonition: They should refrain from asking the NPG to take down works that, in professional curators' judgment, belong in the show.

The Smithsonian, The Cross And David Wojnarowicz

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The Smithsonian should realize that there are many ways to interpret art and religious respect. The National Portrait Gallery should re-instate "Fire In My Belly" as an act of righteousness and courage -- and make the exhibit whole again.

"Hide/Seek" Gamesmanship: National Portrait Gallery Is Wrong Target

Lee Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lee Rosenbaum

Monday's news that the Andy Warhol Foundation may pull the plug on all future support for Smithsonian exhibitions is just the latest example of out-of-proportion responses by defenders of artist David Wojnarowicz's work.

First Nighter: Tim Miller's Fiery Anti-Prop 8 "Lay of the Land"

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

It looks as if Tim Miller has chosen -- for better or worse (not worse, you hope) -- a long career for himself. Miller is one of the quartet of pe...

The Video John Boehner Doesn't Want You To See

Mother Jones | Stephanie Mencimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, incoming House Speaker John Boehner and incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor were acting like they'd received a gift from above. On N...

Nobody's Gonna Spoil Our Christmas -- Not While We've Got Leadership in Congress!

Norman Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Norman Lear

With all the joblessness, foreclosures, homelessness, an exploding deficit and a couple of wars we are fighting, the new Republican leadership is battling to keep a piece of art from spoiling their Christmas season.

Republican Congressman Calls For Congressional Investigation Of Controversial Artwork

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A GOP lawmaker from Georgia is breaking ground on the party's ambitious new agenda by calling for a congressional investigation into a recently remove...