MoMA Slams Smithsonian by Acquiring David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly

01/13/2011 12:52 PM |

Still from David Wojnarowiczs A Fire in My Belly

We’ve told you about a few of the many galleries and institutions that, in reaction to the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery removing David Wojnarowicz’s short film A Fire in My Belly from their exhibition Hide/Seek, have put the piece on view for free (PPOW Gallery and the New Museum among them), but today MoMA took it a step further by announcing that Wojnarowicz’s censored short had been acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.

MoMA has acquired both the full 13-minute version, and the shorter 7-minute edit made by Wojnarowicz himself. The Modern is the first museum to acquire the film, which also goes on public display today as part of the ongoing, permanent collection-culling exhibition Contemporary Art from the Collection. A Fire in My Belly is the 13th work by Wojnarowicz in the MoMA collection. It is also on Vimeo, so:

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  • Thanks for the link to this vid. if you go def check out Sharits’ “Ray Gun Virus” which will change your vision if you sit there and focus for long enough. also Vito Acconci “Seedbed” and Yoko Ono at MoMA vid (from 1971?). On a side note- why no checklist for this exhibition at MoMA website, come on people, you have a website put a checklist in there, what the hell!