The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, June 18, 2018

Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego Presents David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly

SAN DIEGO, CA.- The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego joins dozens of arts organizations and universities across the United States in protesting the Smithsonian Institution’s decision to remove a video by David Wojnarowicz from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Through Feb. 13, MCASD will feature two versions of Wojnarowicz’s 1987 video A Fire in My Belly. They will be screened as part of the ongoing exhibition Home Bodies: Selections from the Permanent Collection in the galleries.

On November 30, 2010, administrators of the Smithsonian Institute ordered that Wojnarowicz’s 1987 video, A Fire in My Belly, be removed from the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, an exhibition which focuses on sexual difference in the making of modern portraiture. This decision was made in direct response to protests from conservative groups who were offended by an 11-second segment of the video depicting ants crawling on a crucifix.

The two versions of A Fire in My Belly presented in the galleries at MCASD were created from footage taken during the artist’s journey to Mexico in the 1980s. A sense of magic realism permeates the images, which range from shots of Aztec ruins, rooster fights, and street footage to portraits of the artist performing symbolic gestures meant to convey Wojnarowicz’s sense of powerlessness over the purposeful indifference of the American government and public to the AIDS epidemic.

David Wojnarowicz was a seminal artist, filmmaker, writer and activist working in New York in the late 1970s and the 1980s. Wojnarowicz’s work has been shown in such venerable institutions as The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, where his work was included in the 1985 Whitney Biennial. He was an activist who, in 1990, won a historic Supreme Court case: David Wojnarowicz v. American Family Association. The courts sided with Wojnarowicz after he filed suit against Donald Wildmon and the American Family Association, who copied, distorted, and disseminated the artist's images in a pamphlet to speak out against the National Endowment for the Arts' funding of exhibitions that included art works of Wojnarowicz and other artists. Wojnarowicz died of AIDS-related complications in 1992 at the age of 37.

Today's News

January 6, 2011

Collector Jane Batten Donates Nine American Masterpieces to the Chrysler Museum of Art

Sotheby's to Host the First-Ever London Exhibition of a Major Collection of 20th Century British Art

Art Fund and National Trust Campaign to Save Brueghel Reaches £2.7 Million Target

Hitler Exhibit in Berlin's German Historical Museum Extended Due to Popularity

Fragmented Narratives: Todd Hido's Second Solo Show with the Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Sale of Important Old Master Paintings & Sculptures Announced at Sotheby's in New York

A Selection of Over Forty Photographs by Ray K. Metzker at Laurence Miller Gallery

Jeff Gibson Presents Two Video Projections and Two Light Boxes at the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg Florida Receives Major Donation of Photographs

Rare Opportunity to Explore French Impressionist Monet at the Portland Art Museum

Churchill, The Windsors and 420 Million Year Old Tree Trunk Star in Bonhams Gentleman's Library Sale

High Hosts Second Annual Collectors' Evening to Help Build the Museum's Collection

Norman Rockwell Museum Shares Decade-Long Digitization Project With Worldwide Audience

A&F Markets in Paris Presents Art Exchange, the First Stock Exchange for Art

New Book on The Moche of Ancient Peru in the Peabody Museum Collection Series

Glasgow Museum's Scotland Street School Museum Exhibits Toy Stories

Mozambican Artist Malangatana Ngwenya Dead at 74

New Installation of Fluorescent Minerals Collection Opens at the University of Richmond Museums

New Edition of Mark Twain's Books will Try to Hold True after Removing 'Offensive' Words

Nearly 3,000 Calligraphers in Japanese Break Out the Brushes for Annual New Year's Ritual

Dennis Hopper Art Collection Up for Auction Next Week at Christie's in New York

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Presents Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens

The Circus Leaves Town this Weekend, Final Days to Clown Around at the Bruce Museum

Miraculous Hudson River Splashdown Plane Headed for North Carolina Museum

Heritage Auctions Adds Up More Than $677 Million in Overall Gross Sales in 2010

PAFA Strengthens Its Renowned Collection of American Art

Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego Presents David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly

Unprecedented $13 Million Gift from the Otis Booth Foundation to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful