Giuliani2 - Summary The New York Times article by Dan Barry...

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Summary The New York Times article by Dan Barry and Carol Vogel, “Giuliani Vows to Cut Subsidy over ‘Sick’ Art”, is about Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York City wanting to cut the funding to the Brooklyn museum due to an art exhibit that they are planning to display that is considered to be too offensive for a government funded museum. Some of the pieces of art in question consist of “a shark suspended in a tank of formaldehyde, a bust of a man made from his own frozen blood and a portrait of the Virgin Mary stained with a clump of elephant dung” (560). What appears to have been the most offensive piece to the Mayor is the Virgin Mary portrait, possibly due to his strong Catholic beliefs. According to the article, the Brooklyn museum receives almost one-third of their funding from the government, which is about $7 million a year (561). The exhibit, which has been previously featured throughout Europe, has received both positive and negative reviews. Because of the intense nature of the exhibit, all advertisements for it come along with something similar to a Surgeon General’s warning on a pack of cigarettes, stating that people may experience “shock, vomiting, confusion, panic, euphoria and anxiety”, and that like an R-rated film children under the age of 17 would not be admitted unless with an adult (561). Mayor Giuliani says that he has no problem with the exhibit being
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