New Deal for Artists

            I missed the opening of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “1934: A New Deal for Artists,” which displays art made with the first tranche of money directed at artists under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s short-lived Public Works of Art Project. When I finally made it to the show last … Continue Reading New Deal for Artists

Live Chat Today

I’ll be joining my Washington Post colleagues Blake Gopnik and Jacqueline Trescott for a live online chat about the Post‘s annual Museums section. It’s a free for all discussion. I’ll be taking questions on the profile I wrote of architect David Adjaye, who will design the Smithsonian’s new National Museum … Continue Reading Live Chat Today

Ants, and why not?

I don’t normally cover ants. But I am curious about the general tone and content level of exhibitions at the Smithsonian, including the National Museum of Natural History, one its most popular franchises. Readers responding to today’s story tended to favor hitting harder on the issue of the exhibition’s rather low educational … Continue Reading Ants, and why not?

No more fighting?

A link to my Sunday Washington Post piece, which argues we’ve enjoyed a curious ten-year lull in the business of major arts controversies.