Mattress Factory Screening David Wojnarowicz’s Video "A Fire in My Belly"

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PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Mattress Factory Museum is currently screening David Wojnarowicz’s “A Fire in My Belly.” The video is now on view in the Mattress Factory lobby through February 13, 2011. On November 30, 2010, the artwork was removed from the National Portrait Gallery’s “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” exhibition in response to pressure from well-known political and religious figures who threatened to end funding to this gallery administered by the Smithsonian Institution. Currently, in Pittsburgh, the Mattress Factory Museum, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Wood Street Galleries have all chosen to screen “A Fire in My Belly.” These Pittsburgh arts organizations are joining others nationwide, including The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Pacific Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; The New Museum, New York; International