The State of the Arts in 21st-Century America

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An image of an art piece creating the US states out of neon and televisions with the words "Smithsonian Second Opinion" over it

Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton is joined by a panel of artists, writers, and museum professionals to discuss the importance and function of art in society today.

“Rather than create one shared culture––which I think is a fallacy already––[museums should] encourage those dialogues, ask “why,” and talk about different points of view.” – Rebecca Rabinow

Dr. David J. Skorton: Hello everyone, and welcome to Smithsonian Second Opinion. Today we are gathered in the Luce Foundation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. to discuss the role art plays in the nation's success and identity.

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