Sign in  |  Register

The New Criterion

The New Criterion is probably more consistently worth reading than any other magazine in English.
- The Times Literary Supplement

Features

December 2012

The sad & sorry Smithsonian

by Bruce Cole

On the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.


The National Museum of American History

There it sits, rusting away on a base of weed-infested gravel, dwarfed by tall trees masking its silhouette and blocking any view from afar. A worse setting would be hard to imagine. Adding insult to injury, it’s filthy, strewn with trash, defaced with graffiti, and colonized by bird nests.

Alexander Calder’s Gwenfritz (named after its socialite patron Gwendolyn Cafritz) was designed for the Constitution Avenue entrance of the Washington’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). Moved years ago from its original location to an obscure corner of the museum’s grounds, the thirty-five-ton sculpture has morphed over time into a metaphor for the museum itself: dis ...

This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase

Subscribe to TNC (Print and Online editions)

Subscribe to TNC (Online only)

Purchase article credit and clip this article

If you already have an account login first

Bruce Cole is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


more from this author

This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 December 2012, on page 19

Copyright © 2016 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.com

http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-sad---sorry-Smithsonian-7497

E-mail to friend


The New Criterion

By the author

Hiram Powers’s “Greek Slave”

by Bruce Cole

On “Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Beach bums

by Bruce Cole

On "BEACH" at the National Building Museum, the Eisenhower Memorial, and the end of James Billington's tenure as Librarian of Congress.

Too cool in the capital

by Bruce Cole

On “Recent Acquisitions” and “Elaine de Kooning: Portraits” at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., and an update on plans for an Eisenhower Memorial in the capital.

You might also enjoy

Confucian confusions

by Eric Ormsby

On A. David Moody’s Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume III: The Tragic Years 1939–1972.

The globalist legal agenda

by Andrew C. McCarthy

On The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities, by Stephen Breyer

The master off duty

by Bruce Bawer

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway 1926-1929, edited by Rena Sanderson, Sandra Spanier, and Robert W. Trogdon

Most popular

view more >

Subscribe to our newsletter!

* indicates required

Events

March 29 2016

Friends and Young Friends Event: The Climate Surprise


Webcasts

The Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity
On May 5, 2014, The New Criterion and PJ Media presented the second Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity. The award is given to highlight egregious examples of dishonest reporting. Also awarded this year was the Rather, a new award for lifetime achievement in mendacious journalism.
The Duranty Prize is named after Walter Duranty, the New York Times Moscow corresponded in the 1920s and 1930s who whitewashed Joseph Stalin’s forced starvation of the Ukrainians (the Holodomor) and many other aspects of Soviet oppression. Duranty was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his efforts. It has never been revoked.
Audio copyright Ed Driscoll, www.eddriscoll.com.


Introduction to The Kennedy Phenomenon
Roger Kimball introduces The Kennedy Phenomenon, a conference presented by The New Criterion on Tuesday, November 19.


The Kennedy Phenomenon: "Watching the Kennedy Train-Wreck"
Roger Kimball reads Peter Collier’s paper on oft-overlooked unsavory details of the Kennedys' lives. Much of the paper is drawn from Collier’s book, coauthored with David Horowitz, The Kennedys: An American Drama.