Safe art?

It's your call

April 28, 1992

In a speech in Baltimore, John E. Frohnmayer, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, called on museum officials to reject advice that they avoid presenting controversial art exhibits as a way to protect government funding for art. Displaying only "safe art" to mollify critics would violate the First Amendment and rob future generations of "an opportunity to discover" new ideas in art, Mr. Frohnmayer said.

The Evening Sun would like to know what you think. Should the government withhold funding for controversial art? Is the controversy an issue of controlling ideas rather than one of art?

To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) today through midnight. After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey on topical issues.

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