The Arts: Compromising Position

Compromising Position

* John E. Frohnmayer, the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, learned something last week about the art of compromise. Earlier, Frohnmayer had announced that he was withdrawing a $10,000 grant to support "Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing," a planned New York City exhibition of artworks inspired by the AIDS crisis. The show was "political rather than artistic in nature," Frohnmayer said. He cited a catalog essay that denounced North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms and California Congressman William Dannemeyer, both vocal opponents of gay rights, and New York's John Cardinal O'Connor.

The decision followed last summer's dispute over two...

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