Death Panel for the Arts: Final Part

What happened during this nine-year battle is the interesting.  The NEA from 1982 to 1995 was granting individual artists in six different fields, “Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking/Drawing/Artist Books, Photography, Crafts, and Conceptual/ Performance/ New Genres.” (Dowley, p128)  But Congress, in upheaval from Mapplethorpe and Serrano eliminated funding for all visual and performance artists in 1995.  Section … Continue reading


Death Panel for the Arts: Part 3

This goes back to the debate about whether or not the government is a patron, and clearly, Cole finds that the government in this case cannot be a patron for the reasons previously stated.  However, the issue of the NEA panels is entirely different.  With the panels consisting of diverse artistic and cultural points of … Continue reading

Death Panel for the Arts: NEA v. Finley Part I

Long before the National Endowment for the Arts was even a glimmer in the eyes of the nation, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes was already establishing the great debate that would define its modern history.  In 1903, Justice Holmes stated, “It would be a dangerous undertaking for persons trained only to the law to constitute themselves … Continue reading