Two men who were ejected and banned for life from the Smithsonian last month for protesting the censorship of a video piece from a gay exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery say they plan to set up a “Museum of Censored Art” in a trailer parked outside the building.
Michael Blasenstein and Michael Iacovone have a permit to park the trailer on the 700 block of F Street NW in two parking spaces outside the museum, according to the Washington City Paper.The two men were kicked out of the gallery after they displayed Wojnarowicz's "A Fire in My Belly"on an iPad. The video piece was removed from gallery’s “Hide/Seek” exhibit in December amid pressure from conservatives led by then House Speaker-elect John Boehner and incoming House majority leader Eric Cantor.
That piece is one of many that will appear inside the trailer.
"The goal of course is to hold the Smithsonian accountable," says Blasenstein. "If this gallery on their doorstep doesn't convince them to do the right thing and restore the video, then the only other way we can think of to hold the Smithsonian accountable is to call for [Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution] Wayne Clough to answer for his actions in a public forum."