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Apart from funds given to artists and organizations through its cultural exchange programs, in the early 1960s the United States stood out as the only industrialized nation that did not provide some financial support for the arts. No Help from the Government. Grant organizations The Government Steps In. S. president once remarked, but during the 1960s the business of America, both in the private and public sectors, became increasingly involved with art. 34 A M E R I C A N D E C A D E S : 1960-1969 Congressional subcommittee began investigating the financial situations of musical organizations and musicians.

J. " • Ten-year retrospectives are held featuring the work of pop artists Claes Oldenburg (at the Museum of Modern Art) and Roy Lichtenstein (at the Guggenheim Museum). ARTS • Twenty-five writers at Newsday, convinced that they could write a bestselling sex novel of the type popular at the time, create Naked Came the Stranger by "Penelope Ashe" — which indeed became a best-seller. • In response to the new MPAA ratings system, many newspapers either refuse to advertise X-rated movies or list only the title, rating, and theater for such films.

ART EVERYWHERE: AN EXPLOSION OF ART MOVEMENTS Growing Museums, Growing Audiences. Increased funding for the arts and humanities led to increased public exposure to art and ideas during the 1960s. In addition to regional theaters and public radio and television — the most obvious results of this funding — new museums and new programs in existing museums attracted a larger audience. For example, the new Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, New York, which opened in 1960, included a baby-sitting service and an art room for children in an effort to attract families.

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