Dennis Barrie

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Dennis Barrie (born 1947) is a museum director responsible for the curation of American pop-culture. He was the Director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center from 1983-1992. In 1990 Barrie and the gallery were indicted on pornography charges stemming from an exhibit of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe entitled The Perfect Moment.[1] At trial, a Cincinnati jury acquitted Barrie and the Center. The controversy was later chronicled in a TV movie titled "Dirty Pictures".

Barrie went on to become a co-creator of Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he served as an executive director from 1993-1998.[2]

From 1998 to 2005 Barrie served as president of the Malrite Company where he oversaw the opening of the International Spy Museum, in Washington DC.


  1. ^ "Mapplethorpe battle changed art world". 2000-05-21. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  2. ^ Tom NugentPhotos by Gary Yasaki. "Oberlin Alumni Magazine - Fall 2003". Retrieved 2013-06-09.