In a post for the First Amendment Center, Haynes reports that in late November the so-called Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights helped spark hysteria over a portion of the exhibit, a video by the late David Wojnarowicz that included "an 11-second image of a crucifix with ants crawling on it." The religious right organization, as Haynes, notes said the video amounted to so-called hate speech, and rallied conservative lawmakers in Congress to call for the Smithsonian to remove the video. Predictably, conservative lawmakers loudly demanded removal of the art work, and threatened the national museum's funding.
The National Portrait Gallery describes the exhibit, called "Hide/Seek," as "the first major museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in the making of modern American portraiture." The exhibit also includes works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin and Keith Haring.