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Friday, January 21, 2000, Art and Politics:
John Malpede, LAPD; Jennifer Miller, "Circus Amok"; Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Coco Fusco, "The Couple in the Cage."

Don't know nothin bout politics
Don't know nothin bout economics
Don't know nothin bout the NEA
Don't know nothin bout George Jr. and cocaine,
But I do know that art and politics don't mix
But I do know that art and politics don't mix
What a wonderful world it would be if they did
What a wonderful world it would be if they did

Hi I'm Barbara Bush, George Jr.'s mother. Mixing art and politics is risky business, because artists often portray things politicians don't want to look at! At the same time, being a politician is more analagous to being a performance artist than anything else: Appearances count for everything. The difference is that the audience for politics is the world, whereas the audience for art is usually determined by how large the space is.

 

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