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Pledges of Allegiance: Art & Politics

By: Ellie Williams 
Pledges of Allegiance: Art & Politics

by Modern Spaceman

2 months ago

In early May, acclaimed artist Marilyn Minter posted a colorful flag reading “RESIST” outside of Aby Rosen’s Lever House in Midtown Manhattan. It was promptly removed less than 24 hours after its reveal, supposedly due to the positioning of the political flag next to the American flag, which is a violation of federal regulations. The removal may have also been affiliated with the presence of Trump in NYC at the same time the flag was revealed.

Minter’s flag was re-erected on Flag Day (June 14th) atop Creative Time’s headquarters in lower Manhattan. This day also happened to be Trump’s 71st birthday. With the organizational help of Creative Time, 16 artists were recruited to design flags to fly in this non-profit area, deemed a “permanent safe space” for artists to express their concerns and opinions regarding our current political climate and how we should move forward. The collection is called the Pledges of Allegiance, and the flag on display will change every month, addressing multiple issues and political ideas.

Some of the flag artists include Pedro Reyes (known for his political haunted house), Jeremy Deller (known for his humorous political signage), Yoko Ono (known for her peace motives), and many more. There is currently an auction for the original flag designs, as well as t-shirt and hoodie designs from several of the artists. Support personal beliefs and our freedom of speech!

Check out the rest of the flags here.



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