Skip to comments.The Guggenheim just yanked three animal-related artworks after receiving threats
Posted on 09/27/2017 7:24:36 AM PDT by Red Badger
New Yorks Guggenheim Museum said it will not include three works in an upcoming exhibition after they sparked the ire of animal rights groups. The exhibition, Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, included three works that critics said promoted cruelty to animalsincluding one called Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other, which reportedly included footage of pit bulls on treadmills.
The museum initially defended showing the works, saying it valued freedom of expression, but it said in a statement yesterday that threats of violence have forced it to reconsider out of concern for the safety of its visitors. It added that it is dismayed over having to basically self-censor its exhibition:
Out of concern for the safety of its staff, visitors, and participating artists, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has decided against showing the art works Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other (2003), Theater of the World (1993), and A Case Study of Transference (1994) in its upcoming exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. Although these works have been exhibited in museums in Asia, Europe, and the United States, the Guggenheim regrets that explicit and repeated threats of violence have made our decision necessary. As an arts institution committed to presenting a multiplicity of voices, we are dismayed that we must withhold works of art. Freedom of expression has always been and will remain a paramount value of the Guggenheim.
An online petition denouncing the museum attracted more than 600,000 supporters as of today. You can learn more about the controversial works here. But as of now, you cant actually see them at the Guggenheim.
I guess they don’t value freedom of expression unless it is politically correct—figured...
Oh noes! Dogs on treadmills!
The museum is just being cautious. These animal rights people are insane.........................
Its a family affair.
Leftist brownshirts against Leftist elitists.
PETA got upset about this?
People do this all the time to exercise their animals when conditions outside prohibit normal dog walking.
They make special treadmills just for dogs!
Forced to choose between animal rights freaks and “art”. Ugh.
Animal lovers, people haters.
Those crazy, peaceful libs.
PETA is a fraud. They are just another socialist front that pretends to care. The irony is that they fight for more “rights” of an animal than humans,especially the unborn like ALL leftist scum.
They are scum, but they are dangerous scum.................
Animal cruelty? NO! Christ submerged in a jar of urine? YES!
Used to be that people couldn’t just go around threatening violence.
The left shows their communist colors more everyday.
Threatening violence by an organization for some ‘cause’ used to be called ‘TERRORISM’......................
It ain’t dog fighting.
Most modern art today is sick, depraved, obscene or unfathomable, anyhow...so I couldn't care less either way.
"Pit Bulls on a Treadmill" is "ART", dahling, deserving of being in an art show or gallery.
Actually, the only ones who are affected by this flap are the liberal snooty New York City elites who run the Museum and the liberal snooty New York City elites who go to see these modern "art" shows.
They will LOVE the controversy as it gives them more fodder to talk about at their snooty New York City elite cocktail parties....and they'll blame it all on Trump.
The “snooty New York City elite cocktail parties” died a while ago.........
“and they’ll blame it all on Trump.”