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January 12th, 2009 By Steven Rosen | Arts | Posted In: Visual Art

Where Are They Now?: Dennis Barrie

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Ever wonder what happened to Dennis Barrie, director of the Contemporary Arts Center when it showed Robert Mapplethorpe's The Perfect Moment in 1990, resulting in pornography charges that a Hamilton County jury rejected in a landmark local case?

He moved on to the Rock and Roll Hall of in Cleveland before moving on again. In Saturday's New York Times, he turns up as the creative director for the planned Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, informally known as "The Mob Museum." The city's mayor, Oscar Goodman, a museum proponent, wants to raise money ($50 million, according to The Times) and is asking for aid from any new federal stimulus package. The museum would occupy space in Las Vegas' first federal courthouse, which was one of the sites where Sen. Estes Kefauver held his 1950s hearings into organized crime.

 
 
 
 
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