The Arts of Democracy

Written by some of the most respected and accomplished scholars working in their fields, this volume illuminates the often contradictory impulses that have shaped the historical intersection of the arts, public culture, and the state in modern America.

The Arts of Democracy
Art, Public Culture, and the State

Casey Nelson Blake, Editor

2007 | 384 pages | Cloth $49.95 | Paper $26.50
American History | Cultural Studies | Public Policy
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Public Culture Reconsidered

PART I. COMMERCIAL CULTURE AS PUBLIC CULTURE
1. Festival Culture, American Style
—Neil Harris
2. Norman Rockwell, Public Artis
—Michele H. Bogart

PART II. CULTURAL POLICY AND THE STATE
3. Culture and the State in America
—Michael Kammen
4. The Happy Few—en Masse: Franco-American Comparisons in Cultural Democratization
—Vera L. Zolberg
5. Exporting America: The U.S. Propaganda Offensive, 1945-1959
—Laura A. Belmonte
6. The Goodwill Ambassador: Duke Ellington and Black Worldliness
—Penny M. Von Eschen
7. A Modernist Vision: The Origins and Early Years of the National Endowment for the Arts' Visual Arts Program
—Donna M. Binkiewicz
8. Between Civics and Politics: The Modernist Moment in Federal Public Art
—Casey Nelson Blake

PART III. THE ARTS AND CIVIC CULTURE AFTER MODERNISM
9. The Swirl of Image and Sound: On the Latest Version of Antirealism
—Kenneth Cmiel
10. Public Attitudes toward Cultural Authority and Cultural Diversity in Higher Education and the Arts
—Paul DiMaggio and Bethany Bryson
11. "Subtle, Intangible, and Non-Quantifiable": Aesthetics, Law, and Speech in Public Space
—Leslie Prosterman
12. The Public Display of Religion
—Sally M. Promey

Contributors
Index