Posts Tagged ‘Hide/Seek’

Martin Sullivan, Former National Portrait Gallery Director, Dies at 70

Former National Portrait Gallery director Martin Sullivan has died, the Associated Press reports.
During Sullivan's tenure as director, the museum extended the purview of its commissioned portraits beyond those of American presidents and first ladies to include such figures as Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Alice Waters. Perhaps more importantly, under Sullivan's leadership, the National Portrait Gallery expanded the range of its [...]

Wayne’s World: Should G. Wayne Clough Be Remembered as a Technocrat, a Censor, or Both?

Best of Both Worlds is a funny coda to G. Wayne Clough’s six-year stint as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. His recent e-book, released in August, is a treatise on museums, a subject that would seem to tap his experience as governor along the National Mall. Yet it also draws attention to his greatest failure [...]

Smithsonian Sticking With Secretary G. Wayne Clough

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough won't be leaving his position anytime soon, top Smithsonian executives announced after a meeting of the institution's Board of Regents today. Clough was first appointed in July 2008—and contrary to what some outlets have reported, he's not at the end of a five-year term.
"I serve at the pleasure of the Board of [...]

Penny Starr Returns With New Attack on Gays, National Portrait Gallery

Is Penny Starr losing her touch?
The activist-slash-journalist who launched the campaign that got a queer-themed artwork removed from the National Portrait Gallery is back—with, well, the exact same complaint about the same museum. But this year, her timing is off.
In late November 2010, Starr penned a complaint about "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," [...]

Arts Roundup: Belly Ablaze Edition

Seek and You Shall Find: "Hide/Seek," the exhibition of queer-themed artwork that was censored by the Smithsonian's secretary last year, has opened a year later at the Brooklyn Museum, more or less without incident—a fact that says a lot about rapidly evolving cultural attitudes toward gay and lesbian art, writes Philip Kennicott in the Washington [...]

Arts Roundup: Public Shaming Edition

"Hope You've Seen the Pandas, Adrian": Smithsonian secretary G. Wayne Clough tried to finally address the public last night about the manufactured controversy over the short film A Fire in My Belly that was briefly part of the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek" exhibit last winter. His statements weren't satisfactory for some in the crowd, TBD's Maura Judkis reports. Adrian Parsons, [...]

Arts Roundup: Laugh at Themselves or at Someone Else Edition

Culture War Council: A symposium on art and censorship took place at the Corcoran on Saturday, with lots of art-worlders weighing in on L'Affaire Wojnarowicz. Although there were plenty of protests last fall and lots of media coverage following the Smithsonian's removal of a work of video art by the late David Wojnarowicz from its [...]

Arts Roundup: Constant (“Hide/Seek”) Comment Edition

Morning, D.C.
The National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek"—which, you know, people were talking about late last year for some reason—closes after Sunday. WaPo's Jacqueline Trescott collects some of the comments visitors to the show have left, while Maura Judkis has a piece on What It All Means.
It has a very short run, so don't look for a [...]

Arts Roundup: Heroic Hashtags Edition

If it's Wednesday, there must be a wintry mix on the ground. Seriously, this has happened a few times now. The Jersey Shore freaks get a trip to Italy and we're stuck with this icy, slushy crap?
On TBD, Maura Judkis talks to a pair of San Francisco curators working on a compendium of all blog [...]

Tomorrow, Museum of Censored Art Trails Into NPG’s Shadow

Step outside the southern entrance of the National Portrait Gallery tomorrow, and you'll encounter another establishment set up for your viewing pleasure: The Museum of Censored Art.
Staffed by D.C.-based artists Michael Blasenstein and Michael Iacovone, who initially protested the Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough's censorship of the Hide/Seek exhibit with iPads, and volunteers, the "Museum" is [...]