Creative Time presents Mark Tribe’s
PORT HURON PROJECT 6: LET ANOTHER WORLD BE BORN
MOVED TO: Sunday, Sept 7: 5 to 7 pm
East 43rd Street at Tudor City Place (One block East of 2nd Avenue)
Creative Time with LACE presents Mark Tribe’s
PORT HURON PROJECT 4: WE ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE
EXPOSITION PARK, LOS ANGELES, CA: JULY 19
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Creative Time with the Oakland Museum of California presents Mark Tribe’s
PORT HURON PROJECT 5: THE LIBERATION OF OUR PEOPLE
DEFREMERY PARK, OAKLAND, CA: AUGUST 2
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(June 30, 2008 New York, NY) This summer, historic speeches from the heated New Left movements of the 1960s and 70s will be reenacted in artist Mark Tribe’s Port Huron Project, presented by Creative Time as part of its national public art initiative Democracy in America: The National Campaign. Drawing upon the traditions of political demonstration, protest, and public address, the project restages radical speeches selected by the artist to a public audience. The speeches will be presented in the same locations they were first heard roughly four decades ago. Though the texts make direct reference to the Vietnam War and concurrent Civil Rights movements, each was selected for its contemporary relevance—they contain arguments, declarations, and calls to action that are equally evocative and vital today. “The goal was to use the speeches not just as historical ready-mades or conceptual-art explorations of context,” Tribe says, “but also as a genuine form of protest, to point out with the help of art how much has changed, yet how much remains the same.”
This national project kicks off on July 19. The first speech, by César Chávez and originally given in Los Angeles in 1971, encouraging underprivileged farm workers to fight for economic change rather than against the poor in other countries. In Oakland, CA, Tribe will reenact Angela Davis’ 1969 speech connecting domestic civil liberties to the constraints on human rights in occupied nations. Finally, in early September in the shadow of the Union Nations building, a speech by Stokely Carmichael originally given in 1967 at the “Spring Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam” will call for Civil Rights organizations to rally against exploitation, racism, and genocide—both in US foreign policy and in the streets of New York.
The Port Huron Project is named after the manifesto written by the Students for a Democratic Society in 1962. Creative Time will present the last three segments of this six-part project, including reenactments of speeches by the foremost activists and spokespeople of the prime decades of social change.
Documentation from the Port Huron Project reenactments will be featured in a room-sized installation at the Democracy in America Convergence Center at the Park Avenue Armory from September 21 to 27, and selections from the Port Huron Project will be shown in early fall at 44½, MTV’s gilded, outdoor HD screen in the heart of Times Square.
Photo: Davis Jung.