I can't wait for this public conversation about the Smithsonian's censorship of David Wojnarowicz's video A Fire in My Belly:
Topics may include: the politicization of the work of gay artists by conservative activists, the silencing of artists through censorship, the specter of renewed culture wars, and the roles and responsibilities of museums as discursive spaces.
From 2 to 4 pm Sunday (admission is free), Seattle's best and most powerful art thinkers will explore the issues that have arisen in the wake of the D.C. debacle. The Henry Art Gallery, where the event is being hosted, has sent out a reminder that there's construction on 15th Avenue, but the UW parking garage under the Henry is still open.
Here's a list of who's involved:
Participating Art Museum Directors:
Sylvia Wolf, Henry Art Gallery
Derrick Cartwright, Seattle Art Museum
Stephanie Stebich, Tacoma Art Museum
Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Frye Art Museum
Panelists, Discussion Leaders, and Contributors:
Rock Hushka, Elizabeth Brown, Michelle Dunn Marsh, Sara Krajewski, Stefano Catalani, Joey Veltkamp, Wynn Greenwood, Lauren LeClaire, Whitney Ford-Terry, and YOU.
And the latest news about the situation is that Martin Clough, the Smithsonian secretary who made the decision to remove the video, has finally announced he'll talk to the public and the press (in Los Angeles). That will happen January 20; stay tuned. Meanwhile, the two protesters who were kicked out of the museum for bringing the banned video back on an iPad hanging around one of their necks are now parking a protest trailer they're calling The Museum of Censored Art outside the museum. And this time they have permits.
You can see the video at the Henry, SAM, or Greg Kucera Gallery locally.