Thursday, February 02, 2006
Peace Tower at the Whitney Museum: Day for Night, Opening in March 2006
We are proud to be showing new work on the Peace Tower, reconstructed now by the original designer, Mark di Suvero, as part of the Whitney Museum Biennial opening in March of 2006. On the original 1966 Artists Tower Against the War in Vietnam we were among the almost 400 New York artists who voiced our protest, and we do so now against this unscrupulous and cruel war on the people of Iraq.
In the Sixties, the Terrain Gallery showed where we stood: buttons saying "We Are Ashamed of What Our Country is Doing in Vietnam; exhibitions titled, "All Art Is For Life and Against the War in Vietnam, and printing more than 1000 copies of the poem by Martha Baird, "We Are Responsible." In 1967 together with hundreds of others, including our colleague film-maker Ken Kimmelman, we were part of the "Collage of Indignation" at the Loeb Student Center in NYU.
Ken Kimmelman's 2005 film based on Eli Siegel's famous poem "Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana," has been winning awards all over the US.and is being nationally televised over PBS; the poem and the film have the true democracy of poetry, a musical oneness of opposites asked for and needed by our world. The film is produced by Imagery Film, Ltd., and the poem is the title poem of the book, with an introductory letter by William Carlos Williams, published by Definition Press in New York City. Chaim and Dorothy Koppelman and Ken Kimmelman are on the faculty of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation website