Why Was Beyonce Not Cool Enough for the Smithsonian’s New “Cool” Exhibit?

When two scholars decided to pick 100 of the coolest Americans, it got dicey; here’s why

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Lady Gaga

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"Early on, Lady Gaga came up a lot among my students. But that’s an easy one, because she’s a derivative of Madonna. She has no original artistic vision."

Note: Lady Gaga is not officially part of the"American Cool" Alt. 100 List.

About Kirstin Fawcett
Kirstin Fawcett

Kirstin Fawcett reports on the collections, exhibitions, new research and other happenings around the Smithsonian Institution.

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