Transformer's Response to Censorship of David Wojnarowicz's "Fire in My Belly"


Transformer was the first organization to present "A Fire in My Belly" in a direct and immediate response to the Smithsonian's censorship of a 4-minute edited version pulled from the Hide/Seek exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Screened on a continual loop in Transformer's store-front window space on Dec. 1-2, 2010, and in honor of World AIDS Day & Day With(out) Art, Transformer is proud to have initiated early further dialogue around this work and its censoring.
In addition to the initial screening of A Fire in My Belly, Transformer continued its efforts to promote dialogue around these events:

December 2, 2010

December 3, 2010

  • Transformer began showing the entire thirty-minute Wojnarowicz work in progress  with unique permission from his Estate, and continued screening through February 4, 2011. Displayed on Transformer's storefront was the Day With(out) Art symbol and the following text:
    A Fire in My Belly
    Video by David Wojnarowicz (1954 – 1992)
    Created in 1987, Censored by the Smithsonian Institution 2010

December 20, 2010

  • In collaboration with writer/activist Catherine V. Dawson and Transformer, the Washington DC JCC hosted hide/SPEAK a conversation with Hide/Seek co-curator David C, Ward and others, to discuss the events that led up to the Smithsonian's removal of David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly video from the exhibition and the social and political implications of the situation. Click here for video of the event.

January. 28, 2011

January 31, 2011

  • Art+, with support from Transformer and the Museum of Censored Art, organized a protest at the Smithsonian Castle during the Board of Regents meeting, calling on the Smithsonian to remove Secretary Clough from office.

Action March 26, 2011 - Culture Wars: Then and Now