After an Age of Rage, Museums Have Mastered the Display of Commotional Restraint

Great article from the Washington Post on the topic of controversy in art museums. Here's an excerpt:

"Art museums have two central roles they can serve when the world is going to hell in a handbasket," says Janet Landay, executive director of the Association of Art Museum Directors. First, she says, they show us the best of what mankind has created. And second, they offer consolation.

That doesn't mean that museums got out of the controversy business. Some museum leaders make a distinction between showing controversial material -- which they argue still happens -- and generating controversy, which seems not to happen as reliably as it once did.