- As I said on Twitter his morning: We’ve hit the point in the Smithsonian fiasco story that it’s pretty much impossible to keep track of all the developments on the story, particularly all the museums showing Wojnarowiczes (videos and more) in protest of the Smithsonian’s censorship. (The NYT ‘s Kate Taylor pegs the number of museums and commercial galleries showing the work at north of five dozen.) While I can’t chronicle everyone showing Wojnarowiczes, here are three that are notable: The Museum of Modern Art is showing a version of David Wojnarowicz’s Untitled (One day this kid…) in its second-floor galleries. The Seattle Art Museum is the latest ‘historical’ art museum to show Wojnarowicz. And the Henry Art Gallery isn’t just showing two versions/lengths of A Fire in My Belly, it’s also installed archival and documentary material related to the artist and the Smithsonian’s blunder. Good on all three. (And it’s extra nice to see so many museums picking up on this suggestion!)
- The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation is following the Warhol Foundation’s lead by cutting off all Smithsonian funding unless the Wojnarowicz is restored to “Hide/Seek.” I think this is a bad, short-sighted, threat/idea. Update: Kriston Capps reports that Mapplethorpe is leaving room for acquisition-funding. Good. Just because Warhol is being dogmatic doesn’t mean everyone needs to be.
- In a post earlier this week, I was too hard on Walker Art Center director (and former Hirshhorn director) Olga Viso. Yes, she got a key fact wrong in one place. Journos have done the same, including most recently the Boston Globe’s Sebastian Smee. Regardless, most of Viso’s take is spot-on. It’s especially notable that a director as conservative as Viso is willing to rip the Smithsonian. I should have made that clearer.
- If you’re in Washington, please join “Hide/Seek” co-curator David C. Ward, me and more for a public conversation on the controversy Monday night at the DCJCC.
Art-focused Journalism by Tyler Green