Colbert Institutionalized?

Hello! I’m being given a trial run by the Powers Who Control Metroblogging, so forgive me if I get all geekified. I figured I’d just jump right on in here…

So a few weeks after the flap about W. Richard West, Jr’s self-commissioned portrait and possible inappropriate spending – which followed on last year’s major stories of poor spending habits of other SI executives – the Smithsonian finally did something right.

Enter Stephen Colbert’s portrait hanging at the National Portrait Gallery. Now, SI officials won’t come out and say it, but I’ll bet this “going along with the joke” is more a PR ploy to help boost the Institution’s sagging image than anything else.

And hey, I agree! At least it shows there are a lot more smart-thinking people over there than ones out to misappropriate money.

Best of all? I love the location. It’s a limited “six-week showing in what the museum considers an ‘appropriate place’ – right between the bathrooms near the ‘America’s Presidents’ exhibit.”

Sheer awesomeness.

5 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

    Oh please tell me there are photos of that! If not, it may be time to dispatch a photographer…


  2. GhostBear (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

    Oh, there is – the WaPo has a great slideshow on the article page (linked above). Just not savvy enough here to get that posted, or get one myself.


  3. Leon (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

    http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/colbert.htm

    The National Portrait Gallery has their own Flickr page as well:
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/533594@N25/
    http://www.flickr.com/search/groups/?q=colbert&w=533594%40N25&m=pool

    We went by this past weekend and there was a line of people stretching down the hall waiting to take a picture of the Colbert portrait! :)


  4. Jackie (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

    I only wish I could be there to see it!!! I watch the show religiously!! You have to take a pic of it for me bro!! I’ll be tryin to catch your stuff on here too!


  5. Jackie (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

    I only wish I could be there to see it!!! I watch the show religiously!! You have to take a pic of it for me bro!! I’ll be tryin to catch your stuff on here too!



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