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Posted at 9:39 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Museum of Censored Art Readies for Opening Tomorrow

By Jessica Dawson

Dubbed the 'iPad protesters' by this and other news orgs, District artists Mike Dax Iacovone and Mike Blasenstein fielded questions and collected cash last night at a fundraiser happy hour held at the groovy American Ice Company; the event netted $1756 for the pair's soon-to-open Museum of Censored Art.

Freezing rain and a snowy forecast didn't stop supporters (Philippa Hughes, whose Pink Line Project was among the event supporters, artists Billy Friebele and Judy Byron) who arrived to collectively bemoan the Smithsonian Institution's November removal of David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire in My Belly" video from the exhibition "Hide/Seek."

Though most forked over cash, the folks at Mid-City Caffe offered the protesters gift cards for after-protest cappuccinos.

Mike and Mike will need all the caffeine they can get. Starting tomorrow and continuing daily through the Feb. 13 closing of "Hide/Seek", the artists will man the Museum of Censored Art --- a battery-powered trailer parked, with permits thankyouverymuch, on F Street, NW, at 7th St., outside the National Portrait Gallery entrance. The jerryrigged 'museum' will screen the banned video and educate the public on Wojnarowicz's oeuvre and the history of censorship. It'll be open 11:30- 7 daily -- same hours at the Portrait Gallery.

Those interested in supporting the group may visit their web site (don't miss the stroke of brilliance in the web page tab).

By Jessica Dawson  | January 12, 2011; 9:39 AM ET
Categories:  Jessica Dawson, Museums, Smithsonian, Washington artists  
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