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Crowd logs in to virtual hearing on definition of ‘Truth’


KINDERHOOK—About 190 people attended the Village Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing Monday, January 25, held on Zoom. The board was holding a public hearing on an application from the Jack Shainman Gallery/The School on Broad Street for an interpretation of a ruling by the village Code Enforcement Office Peter Bujanow.

The issue concerns a temporary exhibit on the facade of the gallery—“Truth Be Told” by artist Nick Cave. Mr. Bujanow denied the gallery’s application for the project, saying in a letter to The School that the proposal was not in compliance with Kinderhook Village Code. Mr. Shainman is asking the ZBA to overturn Mr. Bujanow’s ruling on the basis that the artwork is not a “sign,” which was one of the listed reasons for the denial.

ZBA Chairman Jerome Callahan announced at the start of the meeting that the board would hold a special meeting on February 2 to discuss the application. The meeting on January 25 was just for public comment. Over 40 people spoke at the hearing, which lasted over three hours. Mr. Bujanow and Mr. Shainman’s lawyer, William Better, give opening and closing statements.

The meeting on February 2 at 7 p.m. will also be on Zoom. Information about how to attend that meeting will be on village website at

As for the words, which were attached to the gallery’s facade, last week Mr. Cave changed “Truth Be Told” to just “Truth.” According to an article in The New York Times, The Brooklyn Museum plans to install the artwork on the outdoor plaza near its entrance, this spring.

For more details of the controversy, see the January 21, 2021 issue of The Columbia Paper (“K’hook village ZBA zooms in on what’s art” Page 1).

To contact reporter Emilia Teasdale email

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