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Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 12/10/2010

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

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  |  08:04 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  Brent Glass, National Museum of American History, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Stephen Colbert

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