Tonight, the Smithsonian will begin a two-day forum on censorship in public museums. The forum comes as a (belated) response to the controversy that erupted after the Smithsonian removed a work of art from a National Portrait Gallery exhibition celebrating the gay and lesbian experience in American portraiture as a result of pressure from the religious right.
Here at PFAW, we’re thrilled that the Smithsonian is holding this sort of public forum, but we want to make sure that the Smithonian’s leaders are made to answer some tough questions. At the Huffington Post, PFAW’s Michael Keegan has come up with a few ideas to get the conversation started. Read them here.
And here’s the information on the forum if you’re in the DC area and want to ask some questions in person.