WEXNER CENTER TO SCREEN “FIRE IN MY BELLY” TONIGHT

YOU TUBE OF A PROTEST AT THE SMITHSONIAN

HERE IS A LINK TO THE SMITHSONIAN’S EXPLANATION OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE

A FIRE IN MY BELLY:
Discussion and Screening

Thu, Dec 9 | 4:30 PM
Film/Video Theater
Free

Cultural politics collided with museum practice last week when political pressure was brought to bear on the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to remove a four-minute video clip from a group exhibition entitled HIDE/SEEK: DIFFERENCE AND DESIRE IN AMERICAN PORTRAITURE. The clip in question is by David Wojnarowicz, a gifted painter, writer and filmmaker who died of AIDS in 1992, and it contains imagery gathered by the artist for what would become his 1989 13-minute film,  A FIRE IN MY BELLY.  The Wexner Center, along with a number of other arts institutions across the country,  is hosting an impromptu gathering this week to give the public the opportunity to see the artist’s work for themselves and to engage in an informal discussion of the art and the issues surrounding it with Wexner Center staff members.

We’ll be screening Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly (13 minutes), along with the 7-minute short of related material provided by the Wojnarowicz Estate to the National Portrait Gallery and the four minutes of edited video that was initially  included in the Hide/Seek exhibition. A discussion will follow and a second screening will take place at 5.30

 

A LEAKED DOCUMENT FROM INSIDE THE SMITHSONIAN

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3 responses to “WEXNER CENTER TO SCREEN “FIRE IN MY BELLY” TONIGHT

  1. weedsteeler

    cool….wish i could make this.

  2. wes flexner

    i’m going most definately.

  3. KHW

    Don’t waste your time with this one. A word like “hackneyed” comes to mind.

    Something that might have been cutting-edge in the 1900 to 1915 time period is, one hundred years later, nothing more than a blunt instrument.

    Pity the museum professional staff, caught in a cold winter wind of the passé.

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