A controversial exhibit that was quickly pulled from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery last year is back – and this time it’s hitting the road on a bicoastal tour.
“Hide and Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” will open at the Brooklyn Museum in New York this November, and will include the controversial video clip of an ant-covered crucifixion scene that led to the exhibit being yanked from the Smithsonian. The exhibit will then travel to Tacoma, Wash., next March, where it can be viewed through summer of 2012 as part of a larger show.
The seven-minute crucifix clip — “Fire in My Belly”– by artist David Wojnarowicz, depicts a picture of ants crawling over a crucified Jesus. It was removed from the National Portrait Gallery less than 24 hours after members of Congress and the public objected, renewing a debate over taxpayer funding of controversial art projects.
The new exhibit will contain 90 of the original works, including the controversial video clip. Leaving the clip “was never a question,” according to Lisa McKeown, communications coordinator for the Tacoma Art Museum…