WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

'Museum of Censored Art' Springs Up Next To Portrait Gallery

Play associated audio

Two protesters who object to the Smithsonian's removal of a video earlier this year began showing it Thursday in a trailer outside the gallery. They call the trailer the "Museum of Censored Art."

The video behind all of this -- and inside the trailer -- is called "A Fire in My Belly." It was made by the late artist David Wojnarowicz. It was part of the Smithsonian exhibit "Hide/Seek," the first major exhibit to explore gay themes in art history.

The video includes images of ants crawling on a crucifix, and that earned the ire of a Catholic organization and Congressional Republicans who called for it's removal, which the gallery then did.

The protesters say they will keep the Museum of Censored Art open through Feb. 13, when the Portrait Gallery exhibit closes. New York's Museum of Modern Art has acquired the video and is showing it as well.

NPR

Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

The master of magic realism was the region's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous events and characters; love and madness; wars, dreams and death. He died Thursday at 87.
NPR

Consider The Can: An Unlikely Twist On A Louisiana Dish

When Poppy Tooker was a kid, her favorite dish was her great-grandmother's Peas in a Roux. Only years later did Tooker discover that canned peas — not fresh or frozen — were the key to the recipe.
NPR

President Obama's Favorite County — At Least When it Comes to Giving Speeches

President Obama has visited Prince George's County, MD, four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African American majority, and also happens to be very close to the White House.
NPR

Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court

Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.