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Monday, July 16, 2007

Speaking of Art and Politics

posted by on July 16 at 14:30 PM

Last Thursday, I was invited to take part in a conversation on KUOW about art and politics. The same day, The Art Newspaper reported a story called “Can US museums help win the war on terror?” (thank you, ArtsJournal). It’s about a new program from the US State Department (in conjunction with the American Association of Museum) that will fund museums that promote US foreign policy.

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I love this administration's Goebbels-esque appreciation of the arts. Following the disastrous foray into Arabic TV stations, this is guaranteed to backfire and end up funding something satirical or outright anti-American but over-the-head of the chimp who'll be willing to be in charge of the purse strings. Again, $400 Edwards haircuts are controversial, but not this waste of taxpayer money.

Posted by vegetable lasagna | July 16, 2007 2:45 PM

I think we should, in the interest of international brotherhood and solidarity, send the Fremont Lenin statue on a worldwide tour. It should have a personal amanuensis that follows it everywhere (me! me!), photographing it in its environment. Sort of a Big American version of the lawn gnome in that classic cheese-eating film, Amélie.

Posted by Big and Bronze | July 16, 2007 2:53 PM

I've been meaning to ask - why is KUOW listed under "Enemies of SLOG"?

Posted by joe | July 16, 2007 3:08 PM

I wonder if Savage can find a way to get some of this money?

Posted by Frank | July 16, 2007 3:09 PM

Been meaning to ask - what was the reason for KUOW ending up on the "Enemies of SLOG" list?

Posted by joe | July 16, 2007 3:10 PM

the downtown seattle chamber of commerce had a very similar idea--it's called Pigs on Parade.

Posted by bing | July 16, 2007 3:20 PM

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