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SIMMONS: Private gallery right for ‘Hide’
“A Fire in the Belly” is right where it should be, and if it travels the land, it should make the rounds of private boutiques and galleries in San Francisco, Soho and the like or elsewhere, as long as it doesn’t land in any - any - forum that suckles tax dollars.
Some of the passers-by interviewed on TV said the video should open up discussions. But discussions about what? HIV/AIDS?
How can we openly discuss the disease and its deadly consequences when people who have the virus are considered “victims.” People with diabetes or heart disease, prostate or breast cancer or measles or mumps, Tay-Sachs or sickle cell anemia aren’t considered victims.
That Mr. Sullivan had to explain the artist’s intentions suggests the museum’s curatorial process lacks traditional cultural sensibilities or, worse, that those sensibilities were ignored.
In the end, officials at the National Portrait Gallery did the right thing. But let the “Hide/Seek” controversy serve as a cultural wake-up call to the Smithsonian and other public-private cultural projects: The devil is in the details.
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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
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