New York’s Guggenheim Museum said it will not include three works in an upcoming exhibition after they sparked the ire of animal rights groups. The exhibition, “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” included three works that critics said promoted cruelty to animals–including one called “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other,” which reportedly included footage of pit bulls on treadmills.
I don’t know if this is the terrible abusive footage, or some other footage of the dogs that run on treadmills, but the dogs don’t seem abused.
The museum initially defended showing the works, saying it valued freedom of expression, but it said in a statement yesterday that threats of violence have forced it to reconsider out of concern for the safety of its visitors. It added that it is “dismayed” over having to basically self-censor its exhibition…
People magazine used this headline:
After Extreme Backlash, Guggenheim Museum Decides Against Showing Art Exhibit Featuring Dogs Strapped to Treadmills Trying to Fight Each Other
I think they just wanted to sniff. It’s what they do.
The “artwork” was not removed out of concern for the dogs, but because of violent threats from the left, against people.