getting the general idea...or not
Read the actual text of Bronson's e-mail to NPG Director Martin Sullivan on Hyperallergic here.
Bronson's closing line: "To edit queer history in this way is hurtful and disrespectful."
Felix is a death portrait of Felix Partz, Bronson's 25-year collaborator in the Canadian General Idea collective, a group known for media satire and AIDS activism. It's possibly the most moving, heartbreaking piece in the entire show; losing it would be a blow to the exhibition and the museum, and a significant loss for the museum-going public.
The Smithsonian didn't blink when the Warhol Foundation threatened to withhold a few hundred thousand dollars of their funding. Let's see what happens if the actual art itself starts leaving the building.
UPDATE: Looks like Bronson's piece isn't going anywhere, as far as the NPG is concerned.
Pictured: A. A. Bronson, Felix, June 5, 1994, lacquer on vinyl, 84" X 168"