Stand By Your Artist (If No One Minds)

The Smithsonian canceled Foie Gras: A Gourmet's Passion last week after animal-rights activists--including John Gielgud and Bea Arthur--objected, saying the geese who provided the delicacy were force fed. Is it us, or have museums been easily spooked this year?

--Whitney Museum of American Art canceled the Great American Nude show, which had an installation by performance artist Karen Finley, below. The decision came days after the Supreme Court ruled against Finley, saying federal arts funding could be withheld on decency grounds. The Whitney cited "lack of funding." The show is now at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art.

--Mint Museum of...

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