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Topic - Blake Gopnik
Museum experts are weighing in on a censorship controversy at the Smithsonian Institution and what it means for publicly funded museums at a time when arts funding has been targeted for deep budget cuts.
In "Rules for Radicals," Saul Alinsky advises leftist organizers to antagonize opponents. "The real action is in the enemy's reaction," he writes in his 1971 classic strategy manual. "The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength."
"The reason it matters is that an artist's voice was silenced by removal of the piece while it was in the midst of speaking," he said. "This was a big deal because we desperately need to listen to artists in our society."
Newsweek art critic Blake Gopnik joined a panel and said the uproar was "gay bashing," not a real public controversy over the art.