About the Project
Pledges of Allegiance is a serialized commission of sixteen flags, each created by an acclaimed artist. “We realized we needed a space to resist that was defined not in opposition to a symbol, but in support of one, and so we created a permanent space. The flag seemed an ideal form to build that space around both practically and symbolically,” says Creative Time Artistic Director Nato Thompson.
Each flag points to an issue the artist is passionate about, a cause they believe is worth fighting for, and speaks to how we might move forward collectively. Conceived in response to the current political climate, Pledges of Allegiance aims to inspire a sense of community among cultural institutions, and begin articulating the urgent response our political moment demands.
Participating artists include Marilyn Minter, Tania Bruguera, Alex Da Corte, Jeremy Deller, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ann Hamilton, Robert Longo, Josephine Meckseper, Vik Muniz, Jayson Musson, Ahmet Ögüt, Yoko Ono, Trevor Paglen, Pedro Reyes, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nari Ward.
Pledges of Allegiance officially launched on Flag Day, June 14th. Each month a new flag will be raised on a flagpole atop Creative Time’s headquarters at 59 East 4th Street. Creative Time is also reaching out to institutions nationwide to join us in raising upcoming Pledges of Allegiance flags.
Come by and see Marilyn Minter’s RESIST FLAG raised high for the rest of June. The best viewing angle is at the corner of E 4th Street and Bowery. Join this show of community by sharing your pic on social media with #PledgesOfAllegiance & tagging @CreativeTimeNYC.
Pledges of Allegiance was originally conceived by Alix Browne and developed in collaboration with Cian Browne, Fabienne Stephan, and Opening Ceremony.
Stay tuned for locations & more!
Support Pledges of Allegiance
Pledges of Allegiance flags will be auctioned through an exclusive online auction at Artsy, June 14 through June 28. The flag being auctioned is the original 4×6 hand appliqued artwork that inspired the project — an edition of two with the second being the artist copy. Place your bid here.
Opening Ceremony, who was honored at this year’s Creative Time Gala, has created a limited edition box set featuring nine t-shirts, two sweatshirts and one hoodie featuring the Pledges of Allegiance flags. The box-set is available at Opening Ceremony online here through June 30.
All proceeds from the sales of the auction and box set will directly support the project and the work of Creative Time.
Photographs by Guillaume Ziccarelli and Nicholas Prakas