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Museum of Censored Art opens next to Smithsonian

on Friday,January 14,2011 21:01

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Recently, David Wojnarowicz's 13-minute video, "Fire in My Belly," found a new home at the Museum of Modern Art after being removed from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. For individuals who can not make it to New York to view the piece, art enthusiast Mike Blasenstein is providing a new chance to see the spectacle just feet away from the Smithsonian museum in which it was banned.

Alongside other protesters, Blasenstein has raised more than $6,000 to earn a permit to park a mobile office trailer next to the National Portrait Gallery. The mobile trailer has been named the Museum of Censored Art.

The Wojnarowicz piece was removed from the "Hide/Seek" exhibit after receiving criticism from conservatives from the a national Catholic group. The protesters who set up shop next to the Smithsonian museum will showcase the video until the exhibit ends on February 13.

"I believe that this sends ripples through the entire art world and that we're going to be sent right back to 1980s conservative realm where things like this happened all the time," protester Mike Iacovone told NBC.

Employment of artists is projected to increase by 12 percent over the next seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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