New York City officials criticize Brooklyn museum work

November 16, 2011 5:04:18 AM PST
Seven New York officials are asking the Brooklyn Museum not to show a film depicting ants crawling on a crucifix.

Their letter to museum Director Arnold Lehman objects to a work called "A Fire in My Belly" by the late David Wojnarowicz.

They call it "Christianity-bashing."

It's among 100 pieces in a show that opens Friday. Its title is: "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture."

The exhibition explores gender and sexual identity in American art.

The film was pulled from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., when the exhibition was shown there last year.

The letter is signed by Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and six others.

The museum said it encourages anyone with concerns about the work to view it in person.