Opening: Wednesday, October 16 from 6pm to 8pm
It was Martin Pearl’s lonely vigil, standing, as he does, two or three hours every day, in front of the White House with a placard reading “Hate won’t make America great,” that inspired this Call for Art and the exhibition that will follow.
It was the No!Art movement, which Boris Lurie co-founded in 1960 in New York to protest the commercialization of Art; threat of nuclear war at the height of the Cold War; and the pretentions and hypocrisy of American society in the ’50s, that inspired the title for this exhibition.
And it was the impact of Jerzy Janiszewski’s logo for Lech Walesa’s Solidarity movement in Poland in 1980, which became the symbol of freedom from Russian domination and communism in Poland and throughout Central Europe in 1989, that made us think that We the People could use a symbol to rally around now.
It would be worn by Americans of good will who reject hate as a political tactic and exclusion, xenophobia and self-enrichment as a philosophy of governance; to let others know who we are, and how many of us there are, as we approach an election in 2020 that may decide the future of our country for much of the rest of the 21st century.
The Center for Contemporary Political Art is located at 916 G Street NW, a block from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and seven blocks from the White House.