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.
Monday, January 31, 1:00 PM
Gather outside the
Smithsonian Metro station, the Mall entrance.
Then we’ll go to The Castle,
1000 Jefferson Dr. SW
Google Map link:
If you’re coming from the NYC area,
e-mail us for travel and lodging info:
Organized by ART+ www.artpositive.org
a New York City-based art action group
fighting censorship and homophobia.
With support from our Washington friends:
a Washington, DC based non-profit
visual arts organization.
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