Date/Time: 08/03/2004 12:00 am
monday night — 03.08.04 — Party
— IWD* — Woolworth LMCC + PS1 + ISP+ US
(please forward to friends you’d like to be with)
1. About this Monday Night
2. do I need to bring something or anything?
3. About International Women’s Day March 8th.
4. About next friday with Michelangelo Pistoletto
* IWD = International Women’s Day
1.About this Monday Night
What: party — get together — fun
When: 7:00pm, Monday march 8th, 2004
Where: 16 Beaver Street, 5th Floor (see below for instructions)
Who: All are invited
It started with Woolworth LMCC residents then expanded to PS1 and
whitney ISP programs, and of course to our dear list. let’s have some
fun, and celebrate International Women’s Day!
We will also celebrate Rosa’s birthday.
Rosa Luxemburg was born March 5th 1871.
Artists of the World Unite!
2.do I need to bring something or anything?
yes yes yes
Drinks are very much appreciated, whatever you desire.
Anyhow it would be kind anyways.
3.International Women’s Day March 8th.
International Women’s Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women’s
groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United
Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When
women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by
ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come
together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that
represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice,
peace and development.
International Women’s Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of
history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to
participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient Greece,
Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to end war;
during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for “liberty,
equality, fraternity” marched on Versailles to demand women’s suffrage.
The idea of an International Women’s Day first arose at the turn of the
century, which in the industrialized world was a period of expansion and
turbulence, booming population growth and radical ideologies. Following
is a brief chronology of the most important events:
In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the
first National Woman’s Day was observed across the United States on 28
February. Women continued to celebrate it on the last Sunday of that
month through 1913.
The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a
Women’s Day, international in character, to honour the movement for
women’s rights and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for women.
The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of
over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women
elected to the Finnish parliament. No fixed date was selected for the
As a result of the decision taken at Copenhagen the previous year,
International Women’s Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in
Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million
women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to
hold public office, they demanded the right to work, to vocational
training and to an end to discrimination on the job.
Less than a week later, on 25 March, the tragic Triangle Fire in New
York City took the lives of more than 140 working girls, most of them
Italian and Jewish immigrants. This event had a significant impact on
labour legislation in the United States, and the working conditions
leading up to the disaster were invoked during subsequent observances of
International Women’s Day.
As part of the peace movement brewing on the eve of World War I, Russian
women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday
in February 1913. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the
following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to
express solidarity with their sisters.
With 2 million Russian soldiers dead in the war, Russian women again
chose the last Sunday in February to strike for “bread and peace”.
Political leaders opposed the timing of the strike, but the women went
on anyway. The rest is history: Four days later the Czar was forced to
abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.
That historic Sunday fell on 23 February on the Julian calendar then in
use in Russia, but on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar in use
Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new
global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike.
The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened
by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the
commemoration a rallying point for coordinated efforts to demand women’s
rights and participation in the political and economic process.
Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress
made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and
determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in
the history of women’s rights.
4.About Michelangelo Pistoletto
We will send a better description of the evening later on this week.
meanwhile this is his Biography.
b. 1933, Biella, Italy
Michelangelo Pistoletto was born on June 23, 1933, in Biella, in the
Piedmont region of Italy. He worked under his father in Turin from 1947
to 1958 as a painting restorer. In the 1950s he made figurative
paintings, including many self-portraits. Pistoletto first participated
in the Biennale di San Marino in 1959. His first solo exhibition was
held the next year, at the Galleria Galatea, Turin. In his
self-portraits of 1960ˆ61, he covered his canvases with grounds of
metallic paint, and subsequently replaced the canvas completely with
polished steel. His photosilkscreened images of people, life-size, on
reflective steel were intended both to integrate the environment and the
viewer into his work and to question the nature of reality and
representation. Mirrored surfaces would recur throughout Pistoletto‚s
oeuvre. The Oggetti in meno (Minus Objects ) of 1965ˆ66 are among his
earliest sculptural works.
In 1966 his first solo exhibition in the United States was held at the
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. In 1967 he won a grand prize at the
Bienale of São Paulo and the Belgian Art Critics‚ Award. Also in 1967
Pistoletto began to pursue Performance [more ] art, an interest that
would expand over his career to encompass work in film, video, and
theater. With the Zoo group, which he founded, Pistoletto presented
collaborative “actions” from 1968 until 1970. Meant to unify art and
daily existence, these performances took place in his studio, in public
institutions such as schools and theaters, and on the streets of Turin
and other cities.
Pistoletto‚s employment of everyday materials˜as in the Venere degli
stracci (Venus of the Rags ) of 1967, a copy of a classical sculpture of
Venus set against a huge mound of old clothes and fabrics˜aligned him
with Arte Povera [more ]. Since 1967, when the term Arte Povera was
coined, Pistoletto‚s work has been included in gallery and museum
exhibitions devoted to that trend. He withdrew his work from the 1968
Venice Biennale in response to student demonstrations at the event,
which were among the countless protests that took place across Italy
that volatile year.
Pistoletto‚s book L‚uomo nero, il lato insopportabile was published in
1970 by Rumma Editore, Salerno. In 1974 he passed a ski instructor‚s
exam and was spending much of his time in the mountain town of San
Sicario. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he made sculpture that drew
from art-historical precedents, working, from the early 1980s, in
polyurethane and marble. In 1979ˆ80 he presented performance works in
Atlanta and Athens, Georgia, as well as in San Francisco. Among his
theater works are Opera Ah , presented in 1979 in the piazza of
Corniglia, and Anno uno (Year One ), performed in 1981 at Rome‚s Teatro
Retrospectives of Pistoletto‚s art have been presented at Palazzo
Grassi, Venice (1976), Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (1983), Forte di
Belvedere, Florence (1984), Galleria Nazionale d‚Arte Moderna, Rome
(1990), and Museu d‚Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2000). His work has
been included in major international exhibitions including the Venice
Biennale (1966, 1976, 1978, 1984, 1986, and 1993) and Documenta in
Kassel (1968, 1982, 1992, and 1997). Pistoletto announced the creation
of Progetto Arte in 1994, a program intended to unite the diverse
strands of human civilization through art. To further this goal, he
established Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto˜a center for the study
and promotion of creative activity˜in Biella in 1998.
Pistoletto lives and works in Turin.