Mar 7, 2012

"Hide/Seek" at Tacoma Art Museum Offers Difference and Desire

By Alec Clayton

Weekly Volcano

The internationally-acclaimed exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desirein American Portraiture caused a ruckus when it debuted at The Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery in 2010. David Wojnarowicz's unfinished film, A Fire in My Belly, was removed from the exhibition, sparking a national controversy, demonstrations and renewed discussions about censorship and artists' rights. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) called the exhibition "an outrageous use of taxpayer money," and a spokesperson for House Speaker John Boehner told The Hillnewspaper "Smithsonian officials should either acknowledge the mistake or be prepared to face tough scrutiny beginning in January."...

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