A First-Rate Weathervane Show at the American Folk Art Museum

Archangel Gabriel, Gould and Hazlett, Charlestown, Mass., 1840. Gold leaf on iron and copper. 28 1/2 x 71 1/2 x 6 in. (Collection of Kendra and Allan Daniel. Photograph by George Kamper, www.gkamper.com)
American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds exhibition has the wind at its back in quality and fun.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he word “weathervane” once described a politician whose opinions changed depending on which way the wind blew. Politics always has lots of those, as well as sleazebags, drunks, and fools. Now, we’ve got a universe of pols and bureaucrats who actually think we mortals can control the weather, of all things. Academics parrot the party line as they drink from the grant-money trough. Big corporations live off subsidies. Then there’s what I kindly call the “impressionable youth.” They’re programmed to lose sleep because they think they’ll burn to a crisp before they get to go to their senior prom.

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