Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed joined last night’s Occupy Museums demonstration at Lincoln Center, held to coincide with the final performance of Glass’s “Satyagraha” at the Metropolitan Opera. Hyperallergic was there and has a report: “The three-act opera, part of Glass’s sprawling Portrait Trilogy that also includes “Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten,” is inspired by Gandhi’s time in South Africa, which was influential in developing his belief in non-violence. The goal of the protest was, as stated in a press release, to stand against “the anti-democratic policies of Lincoln Center and Bloomberg.”
From the release:
“Previously, Occupy Museums and other OWS groups came to Lincoln Center to protest the “generous philanthropy” of David H. Koch, the funder of the Tea Party and of anti-global warming research, who uses philanthropic contributions to the former New York State Theater to whitewash his misanthropic reputation and write off his taxes. We will return again to Lincoln Center, where ‘Satyagraha’ has inspired us to once again challenge the ruthless nexus of power and wealth and reclaim our public space and common dignity.”
As the opera’s audience exited from the theater into the unusually empty plaza, some people joined the protesters who chanted “off the stage, into the streets,” while others paused to take a photograph or followed the barricades to the crosswalk away from the sidewalk protest.
Philip Glass himself soon came out into the plaza and walked through to the crowd (he had been at the opera’s final performance), giving a statement of support for Occupy Wall Street. As he talked through the people’s mic, the crowd on the plaza side of the barricade, composed of audience members, became just as dense as the crowd on the sidewalk, the barrier in between disappearing. The short statement he made was more of a poem than a speech:
“When righteousness withers away and evil rules the land, we come into being, age after age, and take physical shape, and move, a man among men, for the protection of good, thrusting back evil, and setting virtue on her seat again.”
Philip Glass’s statement to the General Assembly at Occupy Lincoln Center
The whole story and more images at Hyperallergic
- Alex Ross: The Satyagraha protest (updated)
Video by Alex Ross: Philip Glass at Occupy Wall Street protest
Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson addressed the crowd after midnight, with Reed stating:
“I’m a musician in New York. I’ve played all over. I was born in Brooklyn, but I’ve never been more ashamed than to see the barricades tonight. The police are our army. I want to be friends with them, and I want to occupy Wall Street. I support it in each and every way. I’m proud to be part of this.”
12.01.11 Occupy Lincoln Center – Lou Reed Supports Occupy Wall Street
Of course there is a Facebook page for Occupy Museums and Paddy Johnson has more updates.
In the meantime: Art Basel Prepares For Possible Occupation . Go to www.occupyartbasel.com for updates on that one.
So, everybody expected the Occupy movement to give up by the end of the year, but instead it’s still getting bigger. Journalist Rachel Maddow already pointed out why in her touching monologue from November 15 2011 which you find below. It’s a history lesson very worthwile checking out to understand what’s going on in the US of A.
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By now the first documentary has arrived as well:
The Unlikely Occupation: Occupy Wall Street and the birth of a movement
On September 17, 2011 an unlikely bunch of activists marched onto the international stage with the audacious aim to occupy the center of American finance. They drew their inspiration from the Arab Spring and similar movements in Europe. Few believed they would occupy Wall St. for more than a few minutes. This film is tells the story of the 2 month occupation that followed and the movement that promises to change America forever.