Wednesday, December 29, 2010

UPDATE: Galleries Across Country Show Video Removed from Smithsonian

After the Smithsonian backed down and removed the late artist David Wojnarowicz’s four-minute video "Fire in the Belly" from the National Portrait Gallery’s "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," the work is finding its way into other art institutions throughout the country, including Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art where the video is presently being shown.

The ICA is joining dozens of art institutions throughout the country in displaying the controversial work.

"We chose to show it as a way of not letting it become just a news story, a scandal,’’ said ICA chief curator Helen Molesworth told the Boston Globe yesterday. "We want to reclaim it as art, and to allow for the possibility of having an experience with it in a public museum.’’

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