MUSEUM OF CENSORED ART – Smithsonian Protesters Return with Permits

by Red Cell

Last month, Michael Blasenstein and Michael Iacovone were detained and banned for life from any Smithsonian Institution facility, including the National Portrait Gallery, for showing David Wojnarowicz’s banned video “A Fire in my Belly” on iPads at the entrance of the “Hide/Seek” GLBT exhibit, from which Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Wayne Clough removed the piece earlier this year. The two activists will now be returning to the Smithsonian Institution with the proper paperwork for their protest and an entirely different approach. Parking a trailer on the 700 block of F Street NW in two parking spaces outside the southern entrance, they will be opening their self-describe “Museum of Censored Art” this Thursday, and will be personally manning it, along with their volunteers, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until the “Hide/Seek” exhibit closes on Feb. 13. Not only will they be showing the banned video, but they “… will also have exhibits detailing the how the censorship happened, examining the roles of the pressure groups as well as the Smithsonian,” says Blasenstein.

“We haven’t said anything to NPG,” said Iacovone, “but I suspect they’re going to find out real soon.”

You can watch the banned video by clicking here.

The Museum of Censored Art is based in Washington, DC and is dedicated to the belief that everyone has the right to be seen and heard.

From their website:

Museum of Censored Art – Organizing Meeting Jan 8

Dear Friends,

We have been very busy with phase two of our National Portrait Gallery protest, and we are finally at a point where the “Museum of Censored Art” has become a reality. We have the permits, the trailer has been delivered, we have our fundraiser set, and we will be open from 11:30 am til 7 pm every day from next Thursday, 1/13 until the Hide/Seek show comes down on 2/13.

We know it’s short notice, but if you’d like to support this protest in any way, please come to our first organizing meeting on Saturday, January 8 at 4 PM at the Hamiltonian Gallery (1353 U St NW DC).

If you have any questions please email museumofcensoredart@gmail.com.

That info again is:

Museum of Censored Art organizing meeting
Saturday, January 8th at 4 PM
Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St NW, Washington DC
http://www.hamiltoniangallery.com/

FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS TO FRIENDS!

Thanks for your support over this last month — we’re looking forward to seeing you at the Hamiltonian!

Mike Iacovone
Mike Blasenstein

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