There was an idea I wasn’t able to make fit into today’s piece on the art and life of David Wojnarowicz. When the controversy began last week, spurred by the Catholic League, there was considerable comment on the seemingly odd juxtaposition of the The Hide/Seek show of gay and lesbian … Continue Reading The American Art of Norman Rockwell…and David Wojnarowicz
I have a special fondness for the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, a small outpost of the big brand located a short drive from where I live. The museum used to have a running loop of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech as part of their main display, and … Continue Reading Afro-Mexican History
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
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
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?
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.