Re Dan Rottenberg’s review of Windy City at the Walnut Street Theatre—
Call me a sap, but I did care about Hildy and his lame girlfriend. It was really a sweet story. Who cares??I do it was a fun night. Dancing on the wobbly table did get old, but there was a certain excitement waiting for it to crash!
Sept. 21, 2006
Re "The Arts and 9/11" by Gresham Riley—
Professor Riley’s fresh restatement of traditional humanism belies his given name, Gresham. For by his example, good ideas are driving out the bad currency. Modernism, the covert theology which dominated the 20th Century, is dead. A billion humans are barely living on a dollar day while the other five-sixths are suffering an obesity epidemic. Was there ever a more unegalitarian moment in the history of the human race?
We need a politics of distribution, beginning with minimum wage legislation and executive salary ceilings in developed economies and realistic philanthropies of the Gates/Buffett kind for the undeveloped. Come on, humans, get together before we all die-- whether of malnutrition or boredom.
Patrick D. Hazard
September 11, 2006
Immediately following 9/11, ArtForms Gallery, a wonderful artist-run cooperative of which I was director, replaced its next scheduled exhibition with a salon-style multi-artist exhibition with people from all over contributing paintings, sculpture, photography and even poetry and prose about the experience. It was a happening with thousands of people attending. The Inquirer failed to even mention it.
The exhibition traveled to a gallery in Brooklyn and then to a university in New Jersey. Again, thousands of visitors came to see it. Again the Inquirer failed to even mention it.
Perhaps there is a profound reaction to 9/11 in the artist community. But how would we know unless we ask the artists? But unless they are the darlings of a select few city galleries, again— how would we know?
I had a solo exhibition about the war in Iraq in Philadelphia. Hundreds of people came and commented. The Inquirer failed to mention it. It was noted when it traveled to California. The work appeared in an exhibition at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, along with the work of other artists but I didn’t see that mentioned either. So again, how would we know?
Joan Myerson Shrager
September 11, 2006
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