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Arts Attrition at Ground Zero
March 29th, 2007

After the International Freedom Center and the Drawing Center were chased out of the plans for Ground Zero for being insufficiently patriotic, the Times reported earlier this week that the Signature Theater Company will not be included due to issues surrounding “cost and complicated logistics.”

Today the Times laments the loss of another cultural institution at the site.

“The only momentum for the arts at ground zero is the momentum of attrition, a long downward spiral from a moment of genuine, and perhaps foolish, optimism.”

By on March 29, 2007, 6:37 am
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3 Responses to “Arts Attrition at Ground Zero”

  1. Ed Fass Says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    The New York Times editorial board is more concerned about these relatively minor issues, instead of expressing opinions in detail about the lousy construction planned for WTC site. Maybe the new governor should call all the shots at GZ like the old governor, and decide which dance companies should perform there. I hope Spitzer likes the trees Pataki picked out. Such great plans!

  2. j Roy Says:
    March 30th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    The times is pathetic. For years they have sanctioned creating a $500 mm memorial to our “grief” and then complain that the all site will be about mourning. They were the ones saying that the Koening Sphere and the Tower facades shouldn’t be moved back to the site, that the American flag didn’t need to be at the site, that it was okay to put the museum below ground-more room for art centers at street level. The Times and some downtown residents want the site remade, on the public dole, into their own design regardless of what we the taxpayer want. If downtown residents want arts at the site, let them pay for it themselves. I for one don’t care to pay for a dance theatre at the site where approx 347 firefighters were killed fighting a terrorist attack. I would rather see their names engraved properly (by unit and rank) on a beautiful memorial that includes the Sphere, the facade, an American flag and a street level museum!!!

  3. Michael Burke Says:
    April 1st, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Nothing like objective reporting. The IFC and the Drawing Center were “chased off” for not being “sufficiently patriotic?” As one of the main “chasers” I didn’t know that. The reason we wanted them off was because they meant to exploit the site to impose the values of a handful on visitors. Here’s what would be IFC founder Tom Bernstein said: “We’re not here to tell people what to think; we’re here to make them think.” Thanks, Tom. So, those thousands who have gone to the site just stare like empty headed cattle, I guess, waiting for Tom and his handpicked intellectuals from a mountain top in Colorado to guide them to the truth. Iddonno; maybe it’s me, but I do not recall seeing any tributes to Buddist monks or Sudanese dissidents in the people’s memorials to 9/11. But, hey, that’s just the common mass; you going to trust them to confront 9/11 on their own? Except, of course, to respond to terrorist attacks. And tell me, what chance is there for any political art to appear in the Drawing Center if it’s not sufficiently anti-American?

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