August 3, 1992 |
In a besieged atmosphere of high security and criticism, the National Council of the Arts met this weekend to discuss grants and its own future. The council, which is the presidentially appointed advisory body for the National Endowment for the Arts, appeared to be weary of the controversy that has dogged acting NEA chairwoman Anne-Imelda Radice since she assumed her position in May. Shortly after taking over from the deposed John E.
February 12, 1992 |
Should the United States establish a government agency to put the nation's artists, museums, theaters, concert halls and other arts organizations at the political service of the White House? Is the nation ready, in other words, to organize and support its very own Ministry of Culture? Well, fasten your seat belts because here it comes--ready or not. Two weeks ago, the National Council on the Arts took a giant step toward the creation of just such a politically controlled operation.
September 18, 1991 |
Documents unearthed in a year-old Los Angeles lawsuit against the National Endowment for the Arts indicate that the NEA's chairman may have rejected four performance artists' grants last year for fear of reprisals by politicians and conservative newspaper columnists, not for artistic reasons, plaintiffs charged Tuesday.
August 4, 1991 |
The National Council on the Arts approved grants Saturday for two controversial performance artists whose applications were rejected a year ago, a move that could reopen political debate over federal funding for potentially offensive works of art. The council voted to award the grants against the apparent wishes of John E. Frohnmayer, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who must make the politically sensitive decision to uphold or overturn the awards--perhaps as early as this week.
July 28, 1991 |
Just after 9 a.m. Friday, Washington time, in a drab meeting room notorious for acoustics that are marginal and air conditioning that is worse, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman John E. Frohnmayer will gavel to order the 109th meeting of what he likes to call "the greatest deliberative body on arts policy in the world."
April 17, 1991 |
The top lawyer for the National Endowment for the Arts has resigned, The Times learned Tuesday, possibly setting up a confrontation with senior White House officials, who are expected to try to place a conservative in the position. The resignation of Julianne Ross Davis, NEA general counsel since January, 1990, was disclosed in an April 12 memorandum signed by NEA Chairman John E. Frohnmayer. Davis, who practiced law with Frohnmayer in Portland, Ore.