I've just finished reading an extraordinary book. It was hard to read the last pages because, as I had a half dozen times already, I was crying. Other people I know have wept repeatedly as they made their way through Cynthia Carr's Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz.
If it follows the advice of a committee, Smithsonian museums will be buried under a new layer of procedural requirements for public input whenever a cautious curator flags a proposed exhibition as "sensitive."
In making the decision to remove a controversial work of art from one of the Smithsonian's museums, Clough has shown that he cannot adequately uphold the mission and the legacy of this American institution.
How did Clough analyze the potential damage from the political, cultural and religious firestorm that erupted over his order to remove one work from the National Portrait Gallery's provocative, gay-themed "Hide/Seek" exhibition?
Is WikiLeaks art? I'm not sure that WikiLeaks or Assange would agree with me, but my answer is a definitive "yes." WikiLeaks calls itself "innovative," and I agree. This innovation reads to me as an Internet Age version of photomontage.