The Culture Wars

Event has passed (Wed Jun 12, 2013 - Wed Jun 12, 2013)
Gallery 16 (Sixteen)


As part of their 20th Anniversary Conversation series,
Gallery 16 is proud to present a rare opportunity to
hear about events that led to the turbulent period
called the Culture Wars from those at the center of
the debate. This is a unique opportunity to learn
about the political, legislative and cultural maneuvering
that led to the battle over Federal arts funding and
the removal of Richard Serra’s Tiltled Arc. As well as
the ongoing argument over of Federal support of the

Their panel will include former US Congressman Pat
Williams, artist and former Director of the NEA Visual
Arts program Jim Melchert and Renny Pritikin, Former
Director of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Lovers of the arts today may not recall the perilous
future the National Endowment For The Arts faced
back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but it was close
to extinction. Today we are reminded that the forces
that sought to dismantle the NEA in the 90’s are still
at work. This past November, a condensed version
of David Wojanrowitz film A Fire in My Belly was
removed from the exhibit Hide/Seek: Difference and
Desire in American Portraiture” at the Smithsonian’s
National Portrait Gallery in response to complaints
from Representative John Boehner, who had neither
seen the video or the exhibition.

Event is free.

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