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PROTEST & CELEBRATION: Community Murals of the 1970s & 1980s in Loisaida and on the Historic Lower East Side
April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
The Chilean poet and political activist Pablo Neruda wrote, “Murals are the people’s blackboard.” While NYC’s earliest community murals appeared in Harlem in the late 1960s, it was murals painted in the early 1970s—first below and then above Houston Street—that led to the Lower East Side being identified as the cradle of these collaborations between artists and neighborhood groups, with residents playing a significant role in determining mural themes and content. Beautifying their surroundings, the murals also addressed neighborhood concerns: the need for decent housing, education and health care; civil and women’s rights; the emergence of environmental awareness; and ethnic and cultural pride. Today, very few of these murals exist; the majority are only memories. The talk looks at the significance of these murals in the larger social, historical, and political context, and how their themes and aesthetic styles changed over time.
Jane Weissman, presenter
This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.