Last week, a little-
The known tradition of the inauguration of the modern president caused the holy.
Louis Museum of Art
Since Reagan took office for the second time in 1985, a painting in the United States has become the background of the inaugural luncheon, where members of Congress presided over the new president.
In January, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
20, George Caleb Binham's judgment of the people will be the selected painting, hanging on the partition wall behind the ceremonial head table in the Hall of the statue of the Capitol.
The painting was done in 1855 by an artist known for his Mississippi river scene, which polished the rough-and-
The West has fallen into a benign, mythical place to prepare for investment, development and full participation in American political life.
The people's verdict, part of a series of three large oil paintings created in the 1850 s, shows the result of a large group of people celebrating or mourning elections in a town in Missouri, every one is themed on the democratic self. governance.
These paintings have long lived in the HolyLouis;
All three companies have been in St since 2001.
Louis Museum of Art.
The art world is passionate about Trump, so two years agoLouis-
Local residents, art historian Ivy Cooper and artist Elaine Berman have launched an effort to prevent Binham's work from appearing at Trump's honorary lunch. A Change.
Org petition criticized "the use of the painting to suggest that Trump's election was the real 'people's verdicts, 'while in fact the majority of the votes. . .
Trump's opponent "has more than 3,000 signatures. The St.
The Louis Museum did not give up the promise to send the painting to Washington, and the effort to stop the painting was only a small preparation.
The election conflict will be a long, worrying and possibly unorganized boycott of the Trump administration by artists, academics and citizens who align with the arts and humanities.
The petition and the series of concerns it has caused, as the moment of the "stress test" of this national cultural institution, are important.
As Trump's opponents look to the next four years, they want to know how much cultural and moral capital is stored in the institutions they love.
Will museums, universities and art centers be challenged by confrontation, resistance and truth? telling?
Trump unexpectedly won the election in November. 8, the St.
The Louis Museum is in an awkward situation. In July, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo. )
Ask if the painting was used as an inaugural lunch.
As chairman of the Joint Committee for the inauguration ceremony of Congress, blunt prepared for the celebration on January without knowing who will be elected.
On September, the bipartisan committee formally requested that the painting be borrowed, although it was not officially approved by the museum committee until December.
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Brent R said the election decision was only one form.
Benjamin, curator of the museum. “When the U. S.
The Senate asked St.
"The Louis Museum of Art is part of the inauguration and we think it is an honor," said Benjamin . ".
There was no dispute over the decision, he said;
The museum is just to commemorate its front.
The election promise of a bipartisan congressional committee.
"We have no position on either a candidate for public office or an individual holding public office," he said . ".
The museum will not bear the cost of transporting and protecting the painting during its stay in Washington, although critics of the museum point out that the painting is particularly popular among local audiences and rarely travels, so, its absence is not without local influence. Cooper, who co-
The author of the petition notes that this is not an ordinary election, nor does it produce an ordinary president
Elected, although the request was made before the vote, complying with the request made the museum a conspiracy of Trump's bias for political purposes.
The painting and the Holy.
She said that the use of the Louis community at the first luncheon shows that the city --
Despite the government's support for Trump, it voted for Hillary Clinton. endorses him.
"We think the president
Elect is unprecedented and lacks full suitability and experience, it has a platform based on racism, gender discrimination and anti-racism
Cooper wrote in an email: "Democratic values.
"If there is time to revisit the role that tradition plays in the process of taking office, that's it.
"This tradition is actually a problem of representation.
After Reagan's first inauguration, the organizers decided to separate the dining set behind the presidential table to avoid confusion and distraction, explains Laura Kant, JCCIC's communications director.
A temporary partition wall was erected and hung there as a decoration, as Jasper Francis Croce's fall on the Hudson River for the next inaugural lunch.
Choose a picture every four years, sometimes borrowed from the outside. of-
A collection of towns used to decorate partitions.
However, this year's painting broke the precedent.
As in the past, it is not only a portrait of the famous founding father, but also an attractive landscape.
Instead, it is the political representative of one of the darkest moments in American history.
Although the title is "judgment of the people" and many of the characters in the picture seem happy, Binham represents a desperate moment in his national life, American politics.
"Binham, a Whig painter, used these images to portray a Democratic victory," said Adam Arenson, an associate professor of history at Manhattan College in New York and an expert in Missouri history.
As a Whig, Binham is.
Slavery, and the Democratic Party at that time was either a slave system or a conspiracy of identity --
Accept the status quo.
Just as Congress passed the disastrous Kansas, the people's verdict was portrayed --
In 1854, the NEAS Act put the future of slavery in Kansas into a referendum.
Mobs from Missouri crossed the border and attacked settlers who abolished the death penalty.
A senator from the state, David Johansson, called on his supporters to "kill every damn slave" if necessary to make sure Kansas becomes a slave state.
"Biningham was painted out of great fear of human democracy and Kansas --
"Nebraska act will lead to irreparable differences in the country," Nebraska son said . ".
"This is a time when democracy cannot handle the conflict in the country. ”A Dec.
JCCIC announced that the press release for Blunt's choice of the painting took a different view, calling it an "inclusive" image.
"Everyone is here --the well-to-
Farmers, labor, businessmen, Westerners, children, politicians, immigrants, veterans, women and African-Americans.
They are elated, frustrated, confused, arguing, happy and serious.
Melissa Wolfe, director of the American art gallery at the St. Louis Museum of Art, also believes the painting represents a broad group of voters.
But she also pointed out that the crowd in the picture is made up of an African-American slave on the left and a woman on the balcony on the right of the scene who may be holding a ban banner.
"Only those two constituencies are not represented," she said . ".
So Binham's painting is almost an ideal symbol for a president who came to power to promise "make America great again.
Blunt seems to see the painting as a reassuring sign that election politics in the United States has been chaotic and inactive.
But he chose one and actually painted one (likely)
The candidate who supported slavery won in the name of a United States that not only denied full voting rights to its African-Americans, but also their basic human rights and constitutional freedoms.
The use of the painting at the inauguration also highlights the question the opponents of the new president will face again and again: is there a way in the seemingly simple impetuous cultural ignorance?
Casual reviews and off-is there a design in therethe-
What seems to be a deliberate provocation of cuff observation?
At a time when the new president can lie with impunity, despite immediate documentary evidence to the contrary, focus on age
The old problem of misreading a picture is not easy.
But there is good news in this special story. The St.
The Louis Museum of Art is responsive to questions raised by Cooper and Berman.
Benjamin, the curator of the museum, promised to meet them, and Cooper said in an email, "I don't want the loan to be canceled, but I'm very happy that the museum is open to our concerns.
"This provides a roadmap for other art institutions at this difficult time.
Finally, the painting itself has the opportunity to speak to the wider public.
Blunt may not know what's going on in the image, but its short-lived notoriety invites others to participate in a skeptical thinking process that requires regular exercise and wider practice.
America has never had a golden age that we should aspire to return;
Like the moment captured in this painting, we often remember that harmless America is innocent.