Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ryan Tebo

From Woody Allen’s Manhattan:

“-Has anybody read that Nazis are gonna march in New Jersey, you know?

-We should go there, get some guys together.

-Get some bricks and baseball bats and explain things to 'em.

-There was this devastating satirical piece on that in the Times.

-Well, a satirical piece in the Times is one thing, but bricks get right
to the point.


-But biting satire is better that physical force.

-No, physical force is better with Nazis. It's hard to satirize a guy
with shiny boots.”



Clearly Cantor and her PR machine is worried about being embarassed.
You know what’s more embarrassing than blog posting? A large group of
shouting protestors
marching from now until the end of Friday night, or
until Astria is reinstated as gallery director.



By the way, I am not stating in any way a literal or figural connection
between Cantor, SU admin or Mr. Hoone and Nazis (and, as a pacifist,
I am also clearly not
advocating violence). The point of using this
quote is to say that visible, physical protest is usually
more effective
than
intellectual argument, which distance has made me guilty of.


Ryan Tebo
Cambridge, MA

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree, in fact I've already suggested a Die In at either Lightwork or the Chancelor's office.

though also writing from afar, I feel helplessly distanced from such proposed action.

Anonymous said...

What's a Die In?

I also think a CMAC boycott sounds like a good idea.

jeremybailey said...

A die in is traditionally used for war protests. Protesters congregate in an area and lie down or "play dead".
more info.

I personally think this form of protest is perfect for a situation where a community feels powerless.



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BACKGROUND

Syracuse has lost one its greatest assets. Astria Suparak, Inaugural Director of The Warehouse Gallery of Syracuse University, was removed from her position as of Sept. 30th, 2007, despite widespread support from community members, students, faculty, and the international art community. This decision was made unilaterally by Jeffrey Hoone, Executive Director of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC).

At the time of Suparak's dismissal, Hoone also canceled her forthcoming exhibitions, including "Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men," due to open in November 2007.