Saturday, January 8, 2011

    A suggested donation of $5 at the door is requested for the AIDS Committee of Ottawa.
    In response to the recent removal of David Wojnarowicz’s film A Fire in My Belly from the Smithsonian’s groundbreaking exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture”, Gallery 101 and the Village are joining galleries and institutions around the world to protest the censorship of the film. Wojnarowicz was an important American artist and activist whose art addressed HIV/AIDS, the Gay Community and upholding the rights of artists against the misuse of their work. Curated by the National Portrait Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” is the first major exhibition of American art by artists in the LGBT community who focus on sexual difference in the making of portraiture. However, controversy began when several religious rights groups and organizations objected to an abridged version of the film shown in the exhibition. The Gallery pulled the film stating it didn’t want the controversy to overshadow the entire exhibition sparking outrage amongst the arts community. Gallery 101 will be showing the video in its entirety. Screenings will be at 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM