By - November 30, 2010

Taxpayer Funded Christian Bashing Art For Christmas

The Christmas Season is upon us and many families are searching for new annual family outings during this Advent Season.  I usually like to take the family to the local museum to view its awe inspiring Christmas Tree, but why do that when I can go to an event supported by my tax dollars.

The federally funded National Portrait Gallery, one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently showing an exhibition “Hide/Seek” that features images of an ant-covered Jesus, male genitals, naked brothers kissing, men in chains, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a painting the Smithsonian itself describes in the shows catalog as “homoerotic.”

A spokesperson for the gallery’s external affairs office said the cost to mount the “Hide/Seek” exhibit is $750,000, the most expensive exhibition to date at the National Portrait Gallery.

The exhibit, “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” opened on Oct. 30 and will run throughout the Christmas Season.

Nothing says “Christmas” like a good Christian and family bashing art exhibit.

Normally when I think of great acts of recent art, I think of such accomplished artists as, Norman Rockwell,Terry Redlin, and Thomas Kinkade.  Any one of these could depict better Christmas scenes and didn’t need government assistance to display their works.   I have never seen the value of abstract art (paint splatters on a canvass, which look like a four year old sneezed  the paint they just ate onto the canvass) or pictures of events that would normally constitute a trip to the psychiatrist for the person who snapped the picture.

“Art” has a broad meaning in recent history, now to include multiple venues for which the creator tries to depict his/her psychopathic thoughts with the financial aid of the US government….you and me.

Obama just announced that he will become fiscally responsible and to prove that he is freezing pay increases for federal employees for the next two years (not too bad considering the average federal employee makes $150,000, I would be agreeable to a pay freeze at that average).  If Obama was really serious about spending cuts, he would make actual cuts and the National Endowments for the Arts is a good place to start.

I think I will skip the Smithsonian’s exhibit this Christmas and stick to the wonderful Christmas tree at the Durham Western Heritage Museum.

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  1. Ryan says:

    To be clear, the Smithsonian does receive some 55 percent of its operating budget from the federal government, which I think is fair because it is a national educational facility with 19 museums, 9 research centers and over 140 affiliate museums around the world. Education is a good cause which deserves funding because it makes our country stronger as a whole.

    This exhibit you mention may be housed in the Smithsonian, but the exhibit itself is privately funded, that’s including the $750,000 it cost to mount it. Admittedly, it probably wasn’t the wisest choice for the Smithsonian to accept this exhibit, due to the controversial nature of its content, but it is by no means reason to demand funds to be pulled from this educational institution.

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