Smithsonian peacemaker

by Bill Davenport April 30, 2011

Lee Rosenbaum’s Culturegrrl blog reports that an unnamed conservative congressman went to bat for the Smithsonian’s right to show A Fire in My Belly by David Wojnarowicz, relieving some of the political pressure on the institution from right-wing Republicans hoping to make political hay out of the Smithsonian’s curatorial decisions. Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian’s under secretary for history, art and culture told of this shadowy figure who, though he hated the show, defended the Smithsonian’s overall program. Tellingly, the congressman remains anonymous, likely out of fear that his moderate, reasoned views might lose him votes back home!

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