The Smithsonian Goes Gay, Putin Hearts Animals, Style Wars: Daily Photo Feed 11/15

Posted by David Ozanich — 15 Nov 2010

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  • Weekend Edition tours "Hide/Seek" at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC which "marks the first time a major museum in the United States has dedicated an entire exhibition to gay and lesbian portraiture."

    [Co-Curator Jonathan] Katz came of age as an art historian in 1989, when the Corcoran Gallery of Art canceled a retrospective of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs. Their confrontational gay and S&M content stirred a furor in Congress. Since then, Katz says, major museums have basically blacklisted exhibitions focusing on gay sexuality.
    Check out a slideshow and listen to an interview with the curators here. That's Nan Goldin's 1991 photo "Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a Taxi, NYC" above. The show is open until Valentine's Day 2011.
  • Astral photographers take note: The Leonid meteor shower is on its way and "best viewing will be in the two to three hours before dawn on November 17 and 18," says Stardate magazine. They go on to say:


    There is always some uncertainty in the number of meteors the Leonid shower will produce, but viewers should expect to see at least 20 meteors per hour if they have clear skies. The nearly full Moon will set several hours before dawn, and therefore not wash out any meteors in the hours immediately before dawn.


    Leonid meteors appear to fall from the constellation Leo, the lion, but they are not associated with it. They are leftover debris from comet Tempel-Tuttle. As the comet orbits the Sun, it leaves a trail of debris. The Leonids meteors recur each year when Earth passes through the comet's debris trail.


  • Bill Cunningham considers the "Style Wars", or the battle for who's going to control fashion.

  • Winners of the 2010 National Historic Landmark Photo Contest have been announced.

  • Just because it's weird and it's Monday, here are the "24 Cutest Pictures of Vladamir Putin with Animals."


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