Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott Pen Letter Against Pop América Exhibit

After seeing artwork featuring the Marxist leader, Ché Guevara,  in the traveling exhibition, Pop América, 1965-1975, Florida Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott wrote a letter of complaint to the National Endowment of the Arts. In the letter, they questioned if taxpayer dollars should support an exhibition featuring the contested Marxist leader. They further inquired about the NEA’s guidelines for funding traveling exhibitions of this nature.

Duke’s newspaper, The Chronicle, covers this story, explaining how the senators’ letter misquoted the Nasher Museum of Art’s description of the exhibition on their website.

Pop América, 1965-1975 is organized by the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. It has traveled to Duke University’s Nasher Art Museum and is now at The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. It features almost 100 works of art by Latin American pop artists.


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