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Intelligencer: August 1-15

Drawing Center questions war, again. Plus, Rocco DiSpirito's "boyfriend," Bio-Daryl Hannah makes a splash, and more.

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Drawing Fire at the Drawing Center.
Upcoming museum exhibit questions war, again.
The Drawing Center, under fire from Governor Pataki and others for displaying what the Daily News called “kooky and anti-American art,” threatened to abandon its Lower Manhattan Development Corporation– approved perch at ground zero last week in protest. Meanwhile, it’s forging ahead at its Soho location with programming that may stoke the flames. Its big fall exhibition is “Persistent Vestiges: Drawing From the American-Vietnam War,” marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. The show will include Martha Rosler’s photo-collage series “Bringing the War Home,” which drops wounded Vietnamese into scenes from interior-design magazines. (A similar series was exhibited at the Gorney Bravin + Lee gallery last year with an Iraq-war update.) Collages by veteran antiwar activist Nancy Spero and embroidered drawings by the Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê will also be featured. The curator, Drawing Center director Catherine de Zegher—who recently declared, “The LMDC knows that we would never be able to accept censorship”—was traveling in Asia and could not be reached for comment.
—Karen Rosenberg


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