On October 6, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City will feature a three-month long exhibit called “Art and China after 1989.” Married couple Peng Yu and Sun Yuan’s feature is a seven-minute video showing four pairs of American pit bulls tethered to eight treadmills. The dogs face each other as they are forced to run on the wooden machines at a high speed. Although they never touch each other, the close ups of the dogs’ faces that were trained to fight is disturbing and ultimately presents another unfavorable opinion of the most misunderstood breed in the United States.
According to the New York Times, the museum has been trying to tamp down the resistance and ire of animal lovers everywhere, however a statement on their website reinforces their position:
“We recognize that the work may be upsetting,” the Guggenheim said in a statement on its website. “The curators of the exhibition hope that viewers will consider why the artists produced it and what they may be saying about the social conditions of globalization and the complex nature of the world we share.”
Contrary to what many people against the exhibit have stated, the museum denies any dog fighting ever occurred. Yu and Yuan defended their art stating the dogs were never abused and these “dogs are naturally pugnacious.” The couple argued their artwork shared the same message as the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 – the purpose of the sporting event was “the conversion of actual fighting into regulated competition.”
The New York Bully Crew, an animal rescue organization in Patchogue, New York says the exhibits promotes animal cruelty. Dog fighting is a felony in the United States –
A petition to promote cruelty free exhibits at the museum can be read and signed here.
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(Photo screenshot via Guggenheim Museum)
Check out some of the photos on YouTube. Do you think this promotes animal cruelty?