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If an art museum is publicly funded,how much should public opinion count when displaying potentially controversial art?

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LostInParadise's avatar

Could you give an example of controversial art?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Public funding is not tied to public opinion. Most museums have a few large benefactors and many many small donations.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@LostInParadise -Anything that riles people up.
An exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography caused an uproar back in the 80’s.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Tropical_Willie -No matter how big or how small, should the benefactors have a say so in what gets displayed or purchased?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

They have the say sometimes of who is the Director and Curators. They (Director and Curators) are the decision makers for exhibits and items to be hung or displayed. I’ve known a couple of curators.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Tropical_Willie – I wonder how much importance the benefactor’s opinions should be given?
If at all?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Interesting article about Henry Ford Museum. The article about Henry Ford’s antisemitism and Dearborn Mayor, This is sort of a reverse position, city publishes a quarterly magazine. Editor fired for article about Henry Ford antisemitism !

Darth_Algar's avatar

About as much say as I get when my tax dollars are spent on private prisons, concentration camps or implements of war.

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