- The Washington Post’s Jackie Trescott has a nice bit on how Washington’s Transformer Gallery will show the entire 30-minute David Wojnarowicz video A Fire in My Belly (1987). But she all but missed the day’s big news, news that directly contradicted her Tuesday reporting: The order to censor an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery came from the very top of the Smithsonian. That’s a pretty big deal — and will be much-discussed and analyzed in the weeks to come.
- The New York Times flat-out blew the story too. Its headline “Video Deemed Offensive Pulled by Portrait Gallery.” That is an error that should be corrected. (The error was repeated in the story itself. Remarkably, the NYT story never mentions Clough.) As Clough admitted in an email to Smithsonian staff late yesterday, he pulled the video, not the NPG.
- At the Washington City Paper, Kriston Capps asks the right question in the last sentence of this post.
- Kathy Stockman found a great link between Mapplethorpe, Wojnarowicz and non-scandal-stirrer Rep. John Boehner.
- If you have not read the vile, disgusting, bigoted Catholic League statement to which Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough effectively responded, you should. I don’t understand why the leader of our nation’s museum complex decided this tripe was worth distinguishing with censorship. He has yet to explain his decision in an interview.
Art-focused Journalism by Tyler Green