Private Money and Personal Influence: Howard Klein and the Rockefeller Foundation's Funding of the Media Arts

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Journal Article


Afterimage, Visual Studies Workshop, Volume 14, Issue 6, Rochester, NY (1987)




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There are few names in the Western world that evoke as weighty an image as the name Rockefeller. Power, prestige, philanthropy, cultural imperialism, and the old-boy network all come to mind. This name sums up the raw power of capitalism before the days of government regulation, antitrust laws, and income tax. To most of the U.S. public, it represents an extended, family-based power structure of phenomenal influence. The Rockefeller Foundation, while no longer a family institution, symbolizes the power invested in those who choose to use their wealth to effect change in the world.