Thursday, December 9, 2010 | Categories: Q Blog
(Ellen DeGeneres by Annie Leibovitz, taken from Hide/Seek)
Today, we spoke to Jonathan Katz, the co-curator of Washington's National Portrait Gallery's new exhibit, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. It's a historical show about gay and lesbian art and identity -- a first of its kind in the U.S.
But recently, on World AIDS Day, the Smithsonian removed a piece of art from the show -- a video by the late David Wojnarowicz -- after complaints from Republican politicians and the Catholic League.
His 1987 video, Fire In My Belly, includes 11 seconds of ants crawling on a decaying crucifix, which was perceived by some to be anti-Christian. Now, many are outraged by what they see as a major museum caving to political pressure.
We want to know what you think. What do you make of the Smithsonian acting so quickly to remove the piece?