New York Times
June 16, 1991

Culture in the Capital

To the Editor:

The greatest virtue of Michael Kimmelman's article is that he actually took the time to see the exhibition and read its catalogue. Typically, most Washington pontificators about the show appear to have done neither. Even a modest tour of the galleries makes apparent how overblown, intolerant or merely silly are most of their claims. As ever in Washington, culture is strictly a brief refresher from politics. Thus the great innovation of the exhibit is not that it is "politically correct" but that it does not hew to the "correctly apolitical" mode preferred by most art museums here.

Frederick N. Bohrer
Assistant Professor of Art,
Hood College
Frederick, Md.