It hasn’t even opened yet, but a new art exhibit which depicts dog fighting at New York City’s Guggenheim is causing animal lovers to be outraged.
And once they find out that the new show, called “Art and China After 1989,” was funded through a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2016, during the Obama administration, taxpayers will be outraged, too.
Set to open on Oct. 6, the exhibit features a video depiction of a mock dogfight.
According to a report in The Washington Free Beacon, the video, titled, “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other”, was filmed in 2003 during a museum exhibit in Beijing and features two aggressive pit bulls constrained on treadmills facing each other only several inches apart.
The Guggenheim is defending the new display as “intentionally challenging and provocative artwork that seeks to examine and critique systems of power and control.”
“The work is a seven-minute video of a performance that was staged at a museum in Beijing in 2003, during which dogs were placed on non-motorized treadmills facing one another and prevented from making contact,” the museum said in a statement. “Contrary to some reports, no fighting occurred in the original performance and the presentation at the Guggenheim is in video format only; it is not a live event.”
“We recognize that the work may be upsetting,” the museum added, noting, “The curators of the exhibition hope that viewers will consider why the artists produced it and what they may be saying about the social conditions of globalization and the complex nature of the world we share.”
Other pieces of “experimental art” by the exhibit’s creators Sun Yuan and Peng Yu include “live insects and reptiles scurrying under an overhead lamp,” the Times reports. The newspaper then adds a bizarre footnote, stating, “In 2000, their transfused blood was injected into the corpse of conjoined babies in the performance piece ‘Body Link.'”
Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are “two of China’s most controversial artists, renown for working with extreme materials such as human fat tissue, live animals, and baby cadavers to deal with issues of perception, death, and the human condition.”
They also created a piece called “Old Persons Home,” which featured a number of elderly men dressed up as world leaders while they staged a slow-motion bumper cars battle in wheelchairs.
The Guggenheim received a $300,000 grant from the NEH for “Art and China After 1989” in March 2016.
The museum has $175 million in total assets, according to an oversight report on highly financed museums that still receive taxpayer funding released by OpenTheBooks.com earlier this year.
this is promoting animal cruelty and dog fighting…..
This is sick and disgusting and is NOT art in any shape or… https://t.co/R0Ai4vqOFq
— Laura (@LauraButler76) September 21, 2017
Dog fighting is the lowest of a low that a human can sink to; I’m not educated in art, but I absolutely DO NOT find the “art” in this.
— Ryan (@ryanfleck) September 22, 2017
Since when is dog fighting art? Cancelling my visit. @Guggenheim
— MJ Zander (@MjZander) September 22, 2017
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