City Paper is not for tourists
By 1 p.m. today, Transformer will be showing an edited version of David Wojnarowicz‘s 1987 video artwork, A Fire in My Belly, in the nonprofit organization’s storefront window at 1404 P Street NW.
Transformer director Victoria Reis said that her organization did not support the decision by the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution to pull the artwork following scrutiny from the conservative press and incoming Republican leaders of the House.
Reis said that Transformer will be showing an edited version much like the 4-minute version that showed at the National Portrait Gallery until yesterday. Transformer board director James Alefantis is discussing the possibility of showing the full video with New York University’s Fales Library, which owns A Fire in My Belly and Wojnarowicz’s collected letters.
She said that one of her mentors, Patrick O’Connell, founder of the New York–based group Visual AIDS—which invented and designed the red AIDS ribbon—served as an inspiration to act on World AIDS Day as well as Day With(out) Art.
“We are merely following the footsteps of many many activists and art organizers who paved the way for us to follow,” said Reis.
Transformer has not yet decided how long the video installation will remain in its window.