Bruce Cole Publications

Monuments Men

The Weekly Standard | Published on February 10, 2014

By Bruce Cole

During World War II, an improbable little band of museum directors, curators, art historians, and artists worked to rescue Europe’s treasures from the Nazis.

The MLA’s Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy is a Symptom of the Academy’s Decline

Daily Caller | Published on January 20, 2014

By Bruce Cole and Michael Poliakoff

The boycott of Israel by the MLA and ASA shows that those organizations are little more than thinly-disguised political pressure groups.

Bursting the Hirshhorn’s Bubble

The New Criterion | Published on December 1, 2013

By Bruce Cole

A former Hirshhorn director’s ill-advised attempt to install an inflatable bubble atop the museum has damaged the institution’s reputation and its financial standing.

Stilling the Pulse of Time

Wall Street Journal | Published on November 8, 2013

By Bruce Cole

The stark, somber, unadorned form of the Cenotaph is a fitting memorial to Britain’s World War I dead.

The Sunken Treasures of the Arabia

Wall Street Journal | Published on September 4, 2013

By Bruce Cole

The steamboat Arabia sank in 1856 near Kansas City, and it lay buried in the mud until it was unearthed in 1988. Its 220 tons of perfectly preserved cargo are now on display in a remarkable museum.