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Houston crowds defy censorship

The CAMH-sponsored screening and discussion of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly well attended by a crowd of angry Houston art lovers at the MFAH’s Freed Auditorum. Curators Bill Arning, director of the CAMH; Anne Tucker, curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; and James Harithas, founding director of the Station Museum put the current controversy in context, decrying the political cynicism behind the denouncement of the piece, and congratulating Houston for having  little trouble with censorship (or at least none that reached the national press!) Just this year, I’ve run news bits about the  TSU mural whitewash, the TX Film Commission’s non-funding for "Machete" for bad thoughts about Texas, the removal of SFA gallery director Christian Cutler for political missteps, and the curtailment of Austin’s Cathedral of Junk, and the city-forced removal of Michael Kleinman’s junk car art sign in San Marcos, but who’s counting?)

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