Sunday, January 16, 2011

Banned "A Fire in My Belly" at NOMA Friday Jan 21 @ 7PM

 
On Friday NOMA is presenting David Wojinarowicz’ A Fire in My Belly, a little known film that recently gained notoriety when the Smithsonian removed it from their Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture show at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. after complaints from the Catholic League and Representative John Boehner, ostensibly for its depiction of ants crawling over a crucifix. The meaning of this obscure bit of symbolism is left up to the viewer, but some groups such as the Catholic League (which has no formal ties to  the Roman Catholic Church) apparently viewed it darkly, and with the aid of the Boehner and House Whip Eric Cantor, successfully lobbied for its removal. Described as a "leading artist of the 1980s," Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) was deeply influenced by his dystopic childhood in New York and his battle with AIDS, which took his life at age 37. Other Friday NOMA events include:

Walk-through: Modern and Contemporary Art at NOMA. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658.4100. FREE with museum admission.12 p, Fri.

NOMA Book Club. This month’s reading “Dancing for Degas.” New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658.4100. Meets upstairs 6-7 p, Fri.

Exhibition Walk-through: Great Collectors/Great Donors. This will be the final walk-though of the opening centennial exhibition by Director Emeritus, E. John Bullard. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658.4100. FREE with museum admission. 6 p, Fri.

Music: vocalist Ruby Moon and piano man John Autin will play New Orleans jazz and blues standards in the Great Hall. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 5:30 p to 8:30 p. Fri.