An economic doctrine bent on privatizing nearly every aspect of social life, neoliberalism has profoundly shaped the arts funding landscape of the ongoing culture wars. Its ideological dominance has also affected how artists and intellectual see themselves and their work. The responses collected in this section seek to understand the role that neoliberalism has played in cultural policy of the past thirty years; locate the contradictions and fault lines from which new models might emerge; and consider the types of affect and collectivity that can bring those new models to life.
- James McAnally, “Discontent Structures: or, How We Lost the Long Culture Wars”
- Cher Krause Knight, “The Public More Private, the Private More Public”
- Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Collective Arrangements”
- Nizan Shaked, “Museums and Privatization: Beyond the Survival Paradigm”
- Amy K. Hamlin, “Shaping the Change”
These essays are part of “Beyond Survival: Public Support for the Arts and Humanities,” a call for reflections on and provocation about the precarious state of arts funding after decades of neoliberal economics and the long culture wars.
Return to the project overview and introduction by Sarah Kanouse here.