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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 01/18/2011

Museum of Censored Art Tallies Over 1500 Visitors So Far

By Jessica Dawson

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No sign of G. Wayne Clough yet.

But Hide/Seek co-curator David Ward and 1535 others have stopped by since Mike Dax Iacovone and Mike Blasenstein opened their Museum of Censored Art in front of the Portrait Gallery complex last Thursday.

Visitors to the faux wood-paneled trailer suffered through chills (interior temp on Saturday afternoon: 44 degrees) as they took in the banned video by David Wojnarowicz and read informational placards about the current controversy and the artist. One damning infographic was titled "Secretary of the Smithsonian G. Wayne Clough: Words Unmatched by Actions."

Some left notes in the guest book.

"Nothing is more important than people willing to fight back against injustice. Thank you for fighting," wrote Boris Willis of the District.

Visitor Joshua Fisher didn't designate a hometown but summed up the proceedings like this: "It's cold in here, but pretty cool."

The Museum remains opens daily through February 13.


By Jessica Dawson  | January 18, 2011; 9:40 AM ET
Categories:  Jessica Dawson, Museums, Smithsonian  
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