To the dismay and outrage of the Left, President Donald Trump’s proposed tax budget calls for big cuts to a wide array of domestic programs — among them, the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
On Sept. 29, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Foundation on the Arts (NEA) and the Humanities (NEH) Act of 1965.
The act’s basic goals were to:
– Create a national theatre to bring ancient and modern classics of the theatre to audiences all over America
– Support a national opera and ballet company
– Create an American film institute, bringing together leading artists of the film industry, outstanding educators, and young men and women who wish to pursue the 20th century art form as their life’s work
– Commission new works of music by American composers
– Support symphony orchestras
– Bring more great artists to our schools and universities by creating grants for their time in residence
I do not believe that the bill intended for taxpayers to fund a so-called art exhibit where two pit bulls are about to fight each other.
The Free Beacon reports:
A controversial new art exhibit at the Guggenheim that staged two pit bulls about to fight each other was funded by the taxpayers.
The new show “Art and China After 1989,” which opens Oct. 6, received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities during the last year of the Obama administration.
The New York Times reports the exhibit is causing controversy even before it opens for its video depiction of the mock dogfight.
“Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other” was filmed in 2003 during a museum exhibit in Beijing and features two aggressive pit bulls constrained on treadmills facing each other only several inches apart.
The Guggenheim is defending the exhibit as “intentionally challenging and provocative artwork that seeks to examine and critique systems of power and control.”
“The work is a seven-minute video of a performance that was staged at a museum in Beijing in 2003, during which dogs were placed on non-motorized treadmills facing one another and prevented from making contact,” the museum said in a statement. “Contrary to some reports, no fighting occurred in the original performance and the presentation at the Guggenheim is in video format only; it is not a live event.”
“We recognize that the work may be upsetting,” the museum said. “The curators of the exhibition hope that viewers will consider why the artists produced it and what they may be saying about the social conditions of globalization and the complex nature of the world we share.”
Video from the upcoming exhibition Art and China after 1989 at the Guggenheim Museum.
Social media users swiftly denounced the piece, describing it as ‘disgusting’ abusive towards animals.
The spending outline is what White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calls a “hard-power budget,” with spending increases for defense and homeland security at the expense of many other programs in the discretionary part of the budget, NPR reported.
Mulvaney appeared on MSNBC in March to defend the proposal.
“Can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs?” he asked. “The answer was no. We can ask them to pay for defense and we will, but we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”
The Guggenheim received a $300,000 grant from the NEH [taxpayer money] for “Art and China After 1989” in March 2016.
The two endowment agencies each receive about $148 million a year from taxpayers.
President Trump is right – with the debt exceeding $20 trillion, the American people should not be funding ‘art’ exhibits like this.
A petition that was started with change.org to stop the event already has 149,486 supporters, you can SIGN Petition to Promote Cruelty-Free Exhibits at the Guggenheim