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
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
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.