Orthodox Jewish Group Supports New York Mayor Giuliani in Art Controversy

October 10, 1999

Source: New York Daily News

On October 10, 1999, the Daily News reported that Agudath Israel of America, a national Orthodox Jewish organization, will file a brief with Brooklyn Federal Judge Nina Gershon in support of New York City's decision to revoke funding for the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The museum has come under controversy for displaying an exhibit called "Sensation," a collection of works by young British artists that includes a portrait of the Madonna with elephant dung and pornographic cutouts. Agudath Israel's brief, dated October 7th, states that the exhibit has a "substantial adverse impact on communities like ours. It will, for one thing, effectively preclude our constituents from going to the museum to enjoy the very displays their own taxpayer dollars are helping fund."