St. Louis Art Museum Faces Criticism Over Loan to Trump Inauguration

January 6th, 2017

The St. Louis Art Museum is facing criticism for its loan of a George Caleb Bingham to serve as the backdrop for Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony.  “We object to the painting’s use as an inaugural backdrop and an implicit endorsement of the Trump presidency and his expressed values of hatred, misogyny, racism and xenophobia,” a petition by art historian Ivy Cooper reads. “We reject the use of the painting to suggest that Trump’s election was truly the ‘verdict of the people,’ when in fact the majority of votes — by a margin of over three million — were cast for Trump’s opponent.”

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