Ah, I've been waiting for this. Jonathan D. Katz, co-curator of the National Portrait Gallery's Hide/Seek exhibition, has responded to the Smithsonian's capitulation to the GOP and the religious right. His statement includes email addresses to which you may send your concerns. One note: in my opinion, the NPG should be congratulated for putting on the excellent, brave show in the first place, so perhaps that would be a good thing to include as well. Here is Dr. Katz' statement (via The Stranger):
The Christian Right has attacked my Hide/Seek exhibition and fearing that the whole show would be closed by Republicans in Congress, the Director tossed the fascists a bone and removed a David Wojnarowicz video. See http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/11/30/ant-covered-jesus-exhibition-sparks-call-congressional-probe/. We are effectively back in the dark days of 1989 when the Mapplethorpe exhibition was censored. This a dangerous precedent and flies in the face of everything the exhibition was structured to overturn. Once the newly ascendant right tastes blood in the water—and now thanks to the Smithsonian they have—we will all be targets. Please write to express your displeasure to Wayne Clough, the Secretary of the Smithsonian, at Cloughw@si.edu, to Richard Kurin the undersecretary for the arts and humanities at KurinR@si.edu and to the director of the museum Martin Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the judge who ruled against Rudy Giuliani in the Brooklyn Museum case put it:
"There is no federal constitutional issue more grave than the effort by government officials to censor works of expression and to threaten the vitality of a major cultural institution as punishment for failing to abide by governmental demands for orthodoxy.''
Jonathan D. Katz
Director, Visual Studies Doctoral Program
University at Buffalo
(Image via Animal Planet)