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The Secretary of the Smithsonian, David J. Skorton, M.D., asks: In a world that seems to be perpetually in crisis, do the arts still have a place in society today? What role does art play in feeding our collective soul, and how can it help us handle – even shed light on – the struggles of the modern era?


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Rebecca Rabinow

Director of the Menil Collection

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Peter Schjeldahl

Senior art critic at The New Yorker

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María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Cuban-born artist

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David Marcus

Theater artist and a senior contributor to The Federalist

Smithsonian Perspectives



(Banner image: Nam June Paik, "Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii" Smithsonian American Art Museum, © Nam June Paik Estate, Gift of the artist)