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Cultural London: Top Events and Exhibits This Autumn

George Hobica | Posted 08.14.2016 | Travel
George Hobica

Which of the world's museums is the most Googled? It's London's Science Museum. I recently spent an hour in the museum's permanent exhibit of information technology through the ages and I can see why.

ART PROTEST: Washington DC Gallery Protests Against Smithsonian | By the Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

A Washington art gallery pledged a round-the-clock protest Thursday against what it calls censorship by the Smithsonian Institution for removing a vid...

Smithsonian Stands Firm on Censorship, Congressional Checkbook Trumps Constitution

Jim Hedges | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Hedges

2011-01-11-self.jpgNearly two years ago, I was asked to lend an artwork entitled Self-Portrait by artist Jack Pierson to the National Portrait Gallery.

Top Ten Best And Top Ten Worst Art Moments Of The Decade (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

As 2010 winds down and we begin looking forward to 2011, we thought to look back at the highest highs and the lowest lows of the past 10 years. Two es...

WATCH: Protest Censorship Of 'A Fire In My Belly' This Sunday (EXPLICIT VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Grace Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The art world has been up in arms regarding the Smithsonian's recent censorship of artist David Wojnarowicz's video "A Fire in My Belly." After the N...

Chicago Arts Community Rallies Behind Controversial Video

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While late artist David Wojnarowicz's controversial video "A Fire In My Belly" didn't make House GOP Leader John Boehner cry, it certainly did make hi...

MOCA Blu Street Art Whitewash Is No Smithsonian-esque Censorship

Mat Gleason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Mat Gleason

The differences between the censorship controversy at the Smithsonian and the attempts to manufacture a censorship controversy at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art could not be more diametrically opposed.

CENSORSHIP: Warhol Foundation Pushes Back On Smithsonian Censorship

Jim Hedges | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Hedges

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, one of the nation's largest patrons of arts institutions, programs for arts education and artistic exp...

hide/seek exhibit

Jon O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

We at Catholics for Choice are very disappointed in your decision to remove David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire in My Belly." Censorship of the arts is the last thing that an art institution should be doing.

"Banned for Life": The Story of the National Portrait Gallery's iPad Activist

ARTINFO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Mike Blasenstein stood peacefully beside the entrance to the gallery containing the "Hide/Seek" show, displaying "A Fire in My Belly" on an iPad hung around his neck and holding a stack of fliers with text explaining his action.

Hide/Seek and Don't Ask Don't Tell

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Alison Teal

In today's Washington, we find ourselves looking to the Portrait Gallery for leadership, not our elected officials.

UNKNOWN ART: Writers Imagine The Lives Behind National Portrait Gallery's Unknown Portraits

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

We've all seen someone, whether in a painting or in person, that made us wonder what their story was - how did they get there, what did they do afterw...

PHOTOS: MUSEUM DAY: Save The Date For Free Entry to Museums Nationwide, September 25

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Over 1,300 museums are set to participate in this year's Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Started 6 years ago by Smithsonian Magazine to shed light o...

Photorealist Painting vs. Painterly Photography

Marina Cashdan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marina Cashdan

Every year, when the BP Portrait Award comes along I make a trip to the National Portrait Gallery in London to see it. And every year, the same discussion comes about with whomever I am perusing the exhibition with.