Thank you, Derrick Cartwright. SAM, in the past, has been circumspect to the point of irrelevance and disengagement, and this is a step in a new direction. You signal to us that you believe that museums live in the world, despite their literally rarefied environment.
From me to you, and on behalf of many others, too, I say: thanks. SAM will now be showing the video it believes is important enough to discuss. An informed populace on national issues—that's what SAM is helping to create in Seattle. It's not necessarily an easy thing to do. But standing with the late artist, as I wrote in this week's paper, and as Jerry Saltz wrote today, is akin to saying, "I am Spartacus."
In the days since this issue has gained momentum, I’ve listened to my colleagues at this museum and at others. I’ve talked with artists, trustees, journalists, gallerists, members, friends, and my family. Virtually everyone I’ve spoken with agrees that SAM should do something to help the public better understand this complex problem. Next week, SAM will put three works by David Wojnarowicz on view, including “A Fire in My Belly” (one of these works was previously shown here in 2002) along with a curatorial text that outlines the controversy for members of the public. I will participate in a public program that the Henry is hosting on January 9th. Precise time will follow. The fact that we can have a civil discourse about tough issues is what makes us a truly great community. I am interested in hearing your thoughts on this issue and welcome your comments.
Here's his whole post on SAM's blog.