Smithsonian Bans Controversial Art—Giving It Worldwide Recognition

December 9, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—A video that was banned from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery after complaints from House Republican leader John Boehner is garnering attention across the world now that arts organizations are decrying the artwork’s censorship. David Wojinarowicz’s video “A Fire In My Belly” depicts Jesus covered in ants, and has been accused of being anti-Christian and described as a waste of taxpayer money, Huffington Post reports.

The video was originally intended to be part of a National Portrait Gallery exhibit that explored the role of gay identity in art, but after Boehner’s complaint, it was banned from the Smithsonian, Huffington Post notes. However, the video was subsequently displayed in the window of DC gallery Transformer, which coordinated protests against the Portrait Gallery’s censorship.

The video is now scheduled to show in several more galleries nationwide and even in London, giving it a potentially broader audience than it would have had if it had stayed at the Smithsonian, Huffington Post reports.


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