After heat from religious groups and Republicans in Congress including Virginia Representative Eric Cantor, the Smithsonian removed David Wojnarowiczs 1987 video Fire In My Belly from the current exhibit of gay portraiture. The Catholic League raised debate over the use of public funding to “assault religion.”
The Catholic League released a statement from their president Bill Donahue regarding the MOMA move.
“We really do live in a time when anything can be hailed as a work of art. This has naturally led to a proliferation of pretentious and often pathological nonsense in the art world.” Those words were penned ten years ago by noted art critic Roger Kimball. As evidenced by the reaction to this “artwork” by the artistic community, nothing has changed.
Unlike the Smithsonian, which is federally funded, MoMA is largely supported by fat cats like Glenn D. Lowry, the museum’s director, thus alleviating some of our objections. Lowry makes over $2 million a year and lives for free in a $6 million condo atop the museum. Unlike the rest of us, he pays no income tax on his housing.
The art world has also been offended by the censoring of the Smithsonian show with one of the featured artists, AA Bronson, requesting his work be removed from the gallery in protest.
The Smithsonian is slated to open the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Sept. 24, which will feature 11 inaugural exhibits and thousands of artifacts centered around African American history and culture. One of the most notable, will be the inclusion of contributions made by the African American LGBTQ community. [...]