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Posted at 8:04 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Colbert donates his rally suit, and some opinions to the Smithsonian

By Jacqueline Trescott
Tip/Wag - Art Edition - Brent Glass

When your controversy reaches the hot lights of the late night comedians, you know everyone is talking.

And when Stephen Colbert is devoting an entire show to art, its creation and process, and then its acceptance and the marketplace, you know the discussions are not confined to museums, classrooms and established media showcases.

Before Colbert talked about the firestorm at the National Portrait Gallery, he had Steve Martin, Frank Stella, Shepard Fairey and Andres Serrano discuss a portrait of Colbert. Wicked to say the least.

Then the satirist launched into a tirade of multi-syllable, faux academic thoughts about the reaction to the Portrait Gallery removal of a video that had ants crawling over a crucifix. One thing was clear: Colbert thought Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) needed a better issue.

Another special guest was Brent Glass, the director of the National Museum of American History, who has been a foil of "The Colbert Report" in the past.

Colbert announced that the stars and stripes jumpsuit that he wore last October at the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" was being donated to the museum. It will be preserved in the museum's entertainment collection.

Glass gamely signed a deed of gift, which Colbert signed too.

Then Glass announced that Colbert's portrait, which he hounded the Smithsonian to accept and actually hung at the Portrait Gallery by the restrooms in 2008, was making a reappearance.

Starting Dec. 26 the original painting will hang by the freight elevator on the 3rd floor of the history museum. Expect a crowd.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | December 10, 2010; 8:04 AM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, TV  | Tags:  Brent Glass, National Museum of American History, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Stephen Colbert  
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I wonder if they were able to get the shoeprints off the rearend of his and Stewart's outfits from the butt kicking that was administered on November 2nd to the candidates they supported?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 10, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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