G. Wayne Clough, Smithsonian Institution Secretary

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Year: 2013

Date of Action: August 2021

Region: North America

Location: Smithsonian Museum

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion


Confronting Bodies: Smithsonian, G. Wayne Clough

Description of Artwork: This incident refers to the 30 minute video created by David Wojnarowicz in 1987. It was displated at a National Portrait Gallery exhibition.

The Incident: Smithsonian Chief G. Wayne Clough is remembered to have pulled a portion of a 30 minute 1987 video by David Wojnarowicz (this portion called "A Fire in My Belly") from a National Portrait Gallery exhibition in 2010. This portion showed a crucifix with ants crawling on it. The move caused critics, especially the Association of Art Museum Directors, to call his action one of censorship.

Results of Incident: Clough announced that he will resign from the Smithsonian in 2014.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-wayne-clough-smithsonian-chief-who-pulled-artwork-to-step-down-20130918, 0, 6986612.story