Meeting: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at the LGBT Center

Wednesday, Feb. 9th 7:30 PM

Location:
LGBT Center
208 W. 13th Street
(between 7th and 8th Ave. in the West Village)
New York, NY

Nearest subway stations – 14th St.

Check the schedule in the lobby for room number.

Join ART+ for an important meeting:

After boisterous public protests in New York City and Washington about the Smithsonian’s notorious censorship – what next for ART+…

Bring your ideas and outrage – it ain’t over yet!

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Direct Action Monday January 31, Washington, DC

PROTEST CENSORSHIP AT THE SMITHSONIAN -
MONDAY JANUARY 31st, 1PM IN WASHINGTON DC!

Tell the Board of Regents – Clough Must Go

Last November, Smithsonian Institution head G. Wayne Clough touched off a firestorm of controversy when he quickly capitulated to the complaints of right-wing politicians and an anti-gay religious group and ‘removed’ a video work by seminal gay artist David Wojnarowicz from the groundbreaking National Portrait Gallery show Hide/Seek.

His shocking and unconscionable decision to censor this exhibition triggered widespread condemnation – a New York Times editorial called it “an appalling act of political cowardice” and protesters marched in Washington, New York, and Los Angeles. Today, Clough still refuses to put the video back in the show, and has publicly defended his censorship, saying he would do it again “only handle it better.” He even went so far as to claim the piece should not have been in the show to begin with!

When the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents meets Monday, Jan. 31 in Washington they’ll be confronting this controversy and Clough’s action for the first time. They have the power to restore the video and fire Clough. We want to be there to let them know that his decision was wrong and it will not stand. Clough’s actions are a clear threat to this country’s largest cultural institution, the Smithsonian.

To put it simply: Clough Must Go!

Join us to protest –
Stand up for free expression,
for art and culture that challenges and provokes.

DETAILS:

Monday, January 31, 1:00 PM
Gather outside the
Smithsonian Metro station, the Mall entrance.
Then we’ll go to The Castle,
Smithsonian Headquarters
1000 Jefferson Dr. SW
Washington, DC
Google Map link:
http://goo.gl/maps/nPsr

If you’re coming from the NYC area,
e-mail us for travel and lodging info:
info@artpositive.org

Organized by ART+ www.artpositive.org
a New York City-based art action group
fighting censorship and homophobia.

With support from our Washington friends:

TRANSFORMER
a Washington, DC based non-profit
visual arts organization.
www.transformergallery.org

MUSEUM of CENSORED ART
Washington, DC
www.dontcensor.us

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Transportation information:

Bolt Bus
Tickets by phone 1-877-265-8287

Chinatown Bus
Questions 202 350-9395

Megabus
Customer service 1-877-462-6342

Greyhound/Peter Pan
Tickets by phone: 1-800-231-2222

Amtrak
Contact 1-800-872-7245

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Meeting: January 20, 2011 at Artists Space

Join ART+ for an important organizing meeting

Take collective action about the Smithsonian’s censorship of video by David Wojnarowicz –

Organizing meeting:
Thursday, January 20, 2011
6:30-8:30PM

Location: ARTISTS SPACE
38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
(between Broome & Grand in SoHo)

New York, NY 10013
Gallery phone: 212 226-3970
Nearest subway stations – Canal Street

Plans for a street protest in Washington, DC are in the works – to confront the Smithsonian’s governing body, the Board of Regents.

NYC actions also planned.

Bring your ideas and outrage!

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Meeting: January 11, 2011 at Exit Art

Join ART+ for an important organizing meeting

Take collective action about the Smithsonian’s censorship of video by David Wojnarowicz.

Organizing meeting:
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
6:30-8:30PM

Location: Exit Art
475 Tenth Ave at 36th St.
New York, NY 10018

Gallery phone: 212-966-7745
Nearest subway at Penn Station/34th St.

Bring your ideas and outrage!

ART+ hit NYC streets Dec. 19th, 500 strong marching on Fifth Avenue with a loud message for the Smithsonian – put the video back.

Keep up the momentum, please join us on Jan. 11th

When he died in 1992, David Wojnarowicz, artist and writer with AIDS, left a body of work about the disease that remains unrivaled for its power and beauty. On December 1, 2010 the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC celebrated World AIDS Day by capitulating to the demands of right-wing politicians and an anti-gay religious group and removing David’s volcanic video rant, A Fire in My Belly, from an important art exhibition that explores gender and gay and lesbian themes,
Hide/Seek.

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Meeting tonight, Tuesday January 4, 2011

Stop the Censorship

Join ART+ for an important organizing meeting

Take collective action about the Smithsonian’s
censorship of video by David Wojnarowicz –

Organizing meeting:
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
6:30-8:30PM

Location: Exit Art
475 Tenth Ave at 36th St.
New York, NY 10018
Gallery phone: 212-966-7745
Nearest subway at Penn Station/34th St.

Bring your ideas and outrage!

ART+ hit NYC streets Dec. 19th, 500 strong marching on Fifth Avenue with a loud message for the Smithsonian – put the video back.

Keep up the momentum, please join us on Jan. 4th

When he died in 1992, David Wojnarowicz, artist and writer with AIDS, left a body of work about the disease that remains unrivaled for its power and beauty. On December 1, 2010 the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC celebrated World AIDS Day by capitulating to the demands of right-wing politicians and an anti-gay religious group and removing David’s volcanic video rant, A Fire in My Belly, from an important art exhibition that explores gender and gay and lesbian themes, Hide/Seek.

ART+ is a NYC-based direct action group fighting censorship and homophobia.

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Hundreds March: Here’s the media response

Yesterday’s march brought 400-500 committed people to the Cooper-Hewitt to demand the reinstatement of “A Fire in My Belly”! Here’s what the various media outlets have had to say so far:

Protesters at Met Rally for Artwork | Wall Street Journal; Dec. 20, 2010
[Story also in the print edition with a photo --page 32 of the New York section]


NYC ‘cross’ walk, Protest march over art ‘censor’ | New York Post; Dec. 20, 2010

Hundreds Attend Wojnarowicz Censorship Protest in Manhattan | Hyperallergic; Dec. 19, 2010

New Yorkers Protest Smithsonian Censorship | Advocate.com; Dec. 20, 2010. [Story also in the print edition on page 3 with a photo]

Hundreds rally against censorship in New York | Xtra.ca; Dec. 20, 2010

Protest Outside Met Recalls 1980’s Culture Wars | DNAInfo.com; Dec. 19, 2010

Protests Over National Portrait Gallery Controversy Spread to New York | Media Bistro; Dec. 20, 2010

Hundreds March in NYC Against National Portrait Gallery Censorship of Gay-Themed Art Show | Towle Road; Dec. 20, 2010

Report from NY Protest Over Wojnarowicz Video Removal | Urban Art & Antique; Dec. 19, 2010

500 Protest Smithsonian in New York | Revel & Riot; December 20, 2010

teh fire in my b3lly | Seismologik; Dec. 19, 2010

Protesters Gather In New York To Object To Smithsonian Censorship | LezGetReal; Dec. 20.2010

Protesters decry Smithsonian’s removal of controversial video |LosAngelesTimes.com; Dec. 20, 2010

Smithsonian/Wojnarowicz censorship protest, NYC | jameswagner.com

SLIDE SHOWS:
Fire in Our Bellies, Ants in Our Pants | School of Visual Arts blog; Dec. 19, 2010

Wojnarowicz Supporters Protest Over Ants & Christ Statue | The Count; Dec. 19, 2010

Activists Protest Censorship Of Controversial David Wojnarowicz Art Piece | Getty Images; Dec. 19, 2010

Protest Over Censorship Of David Wojnarowicz Art Piece | Huffington Post; Dec. 20. 2010

NY Mobile News; Dec. 19, 2010

VIDEO:
NYC Protest Against Smithsonian Censorship of David Wojnarowicz Video | iReport;Dec. 19, 2010

[This article below is only in the paper’s print edition, not available online.]

Daily News [New York, NY]
December 20, 2010 Page 24

Protest vs. D.C. art censorship

Artists and activists bundled up against the cold yesterday and marched to protest censorship in art.

The march was s response to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery decision to pull the video, “A Fire in My Belly” by the late artist David Wojnarowicz.

The work at one point depicts ants crawling over a crucified Jesus. The video was part of the Washington exhibit “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” which explores sexual difference.

It was met with disapproval from members of Congress and William Donahue of the Catholic League, who wanted it removed. About 80 protesters, some chanting “Ants in my pants, fire in my belly,” marched from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum on E. 91st St., which is operated by the Smithsonian.

Performance artist Alexa Gruber of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wore a mask of the artist’s face and handed out flyers. “I feel a lot of anger,” she said. “I find it appalling that in the year 2010 they still censor gay art.”

The Smithsonian said it stands by the removal because the uproar was distracting from the overall exhibit.

-Cristina Merrill

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Protest in New York City – Sunday, December 19th, 1:00 PM

Stop the Censorship!

Put the Wojnarowicz video back!

Protest in New York City – Sunday, December 19th, 1:00 PM (details below)

Send a message to the Smithsonian Institution and all of its museums: Stop the Censorship.

Late in November the Smithsonian’s head, G. Wayne Clough, did something unconscionable and shocking – he ordered the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC to ‘remove’ a video by David Wojnarowicz from a museum show called Hide/Seek. Demand that the video be reinstalled now.

David Wojnarowicz “A Fire in My Belly” Original from ppow_gallery on Vimeo.

A month into the show’s run Clough capitulated to the complaints of right-wing politicians and an anti-gay religious group, and yanked the four-minute piece titled “A Fire in My Belly.”

A New York Times editorial assailed the Smithsonian’s “appalling act of political cowardice.”

Is this any way to run a museum?

The Hide/Seek show is an important, groundbreaking exhibit about sexual identity and we urge you to see what’s still on display.

When he died in 1992, Wojnarowicz, an artist and writer with AIDS, left a body of work about the disease that remains unrivaled for its power and beauty.

Demand the video be reinstalled now so the public can see the exhibition as the curators intended.

Stand up for free expression, for art that challenges and even pushes our buttons.

Protest Sunday, December 19 at 1 PM in New York City and take collective action for free expression.

PROTEST DETAILS

Sunday December 19, 1:00 PM

GATHER on the Metropolitan Museum steps Fifth Ave. & 82nd Street

Then MARCH to the Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian FIFTH Ave. & 91st Street

Wear your free expression best and be part of the message.

Art+ is a New York City-based art action group – fighting censorship and homophobia

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