Wow, folks!

Our old friend, Clyde Beswick (the original "Opinionated Old Fart and one of OCICBW...'s first friends) has hit the news, big time.


For Clyde Beswick, the upcoming screening of a video art piece removed last week from an exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is a protest against censorship, but it's also a way to show that Downtown galleries are serious about art.

Beswick's CB1 Gallery will play “A Fire in My Belly" (1987), a 13-minute film by the late David Wojnarowicz that was, until last week, a part of the Smithsonian's “Hide / Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” an exhibition on gay identity in art.
The short video was pulled after the Catholic League and members of Congress complained it was sacrilegious. 
“I think it's important for all to know that censorship is wrong and that artists deserve to be heard and seen,” said Beswick last night, moments after confirming that he could secure the video art.
"A Fire in My Belly" will be screened through the entranceway window in CB1's West Gallery space during Downtown Art Walk and through the weekend.

And, my goodness, isn't Clyde looking well.



  1. For quite a long time I have been trying to remember the name of an author of a book – all I could remember was it had an image of bison going off a cliff on the cover and I had lost it along the way…

    So here comes a post, MP, and I read and see the name…David Wojnarowicz…and I think “eureka” and sure enough he was the author.

    Order placed for a new copy of his book. Thanks.

  2. You know, I was not aware of this exhibit at the Smithsonian at all. I dare say most Americans were unaware. As is usual for this kind of thing, as soon as the Catholic church tries to censor this, or as soon as a public institution such as the Smithsonian buckles to the pressure of a small special interest group, they, ironically, make everyone aware. David Wojnarowicz’s art will now get more exposure that it ever would have gotten had they just ignored it. They seemed to have learned nothing from the days when “Banned in Boston” meant instant success for any book or film in this country.

    God bless you, Clyde Beswick. I wish I could be in Washington to view this work through your gallery window.

  3. Thanks Ellie and all for your kind comments. Yesterday we had about 700 people in the gallery and not one person objected to the video. Silence=Death!

    And Jonathan, I’d love to see you well up. I might even run the video at the gallery given half a chance.