John Frohnmayer, a former lawyer and the Chairman of the NEA during the heart of the Culture Wars(1990’s) outlines four attitudes that underline the conservative view, advocated by Senator Helms and Congressman Dick Armey, that art should not offend:
(1) Art does not have utility; therefore it must be on good behavior to be tolerated at all.
(2) The government should not have its hands on art to begin with; it should be far too busy dealing with budgets and international issues to be bothered with art.
(3) People should not have to stretch for art, if it’s difficult, it should not be in public.
(4) Elected officials and the American public did not like to be confronted with tough issues.
Are these still the conservative views on art?
How did they get to these 4 points?