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NPG commissioner resigns to protest removal

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Only on MAN: MAN has learned that National Portrait Gallery commissioner James T. Bartlett has resigned in protest of the Smithsonian’s removal of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly from the “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” exhibition. Bartlett is the former board president of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The commission functions as a kind of board of directors for the gallery.

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  1. [...] quit his seat on the Portrait Gallery’s advisory panel over the decision to pull the video, Modern Art Notes says. The Los Angeles Times reports that several galleries and arts institutions, including [...]

  2. [...] related news: the National Portrait Gallery’s commissioner resigned to protest the removal of  Wojnarowicz’s video. In addition, NYT columnist Frank Rich takes [...]

  3. [...] It appears that National Portrait Gallery commissioner James T. Bartlett has resigned in protest over the decision to remove the late David Wojnarowicz’ “A Fire in My Belly” from the “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.” The decision was made after Republican leaders learned that they were suppose to be outraged at the exhibit from their lords and masters at the Catholic League (and affiliated organizations). The clip that supposedly was so offensive had to do with a figure of Jesus crawling with ants. The clip in the video was intended to show the solitary suffering of AIDS victims in the same manner that Jesus suffered solitarily on the cross. [...]

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