Bruce Cole Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

Seeing a Donor’s Vision

Cognoscenti of Asian art as well as tourists to the National Mall will find joy, knowledge and instruction in the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries.

Smithsonian: Still in Shambles

Overall, the new galleries in the Smithsonian Museum of American History are as bulging and confusing as their older counterparts elsewhere in the building. Americans, many of whom know little about their country’s history, will be no better enlightened, educated, or inspired than they were before.

Balloonists & Cherry Blossoms

On “Clouds in a Bag” at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center & “Inventing Utamaro” at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Stormy Mood, Tempestuous Brushstrokes

Titian’s portrait of ‘Doge Andrea Gritti’ is in almost the same condition as the day it left the artist’s studio.

Jeff Koons’ Big Bunch of Banality

A proposed design for a memorial to victims of terrorism in Paris is contentless, ahistorical, lightweight, and just plain silly.

Ike Memorial No-Brainer

It’s time for the Republican congressional leadership to get something serious done.

The Museum as “Town Hall”

There are ongoing attempts to abandon curatorial authority, and quality, in order to turn museums into something between a town hall and a community center. And, amazingly, directors and curators themselves are leading these efforts.

Unabashed Elitism

The chief reason to buy The Spectacle of Skill, a new anthology of Robert Hughes’s writings, is for Hughes’s memoir, though everything in it is worth reading for the first or the fifth time.

Flood of Memories

Recalling a historic flood that swept through Florence in 1966 and destroyed many of the city’s cultural treasures.

The Museums We Deserve

On the distinguishing qualities of two of Washington’s most prominent art venues.