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March 3, 2013

Over your cities grass will grow

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on March 3, 2013

Opening today at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Pantin, a suburb of Paris, is a group exhibit entitled: Disaster/The End of Days.

From the curator’s catalogue:

The word disaster comes from “disastro” (dis- and astrum, “bad star” or “star out of position,” thought to cause harm). It expresses the notion of catastrophe, decline and destruction, a wholly negative event. The theme of disaster has a rich iconography and set of interpretations, and continues to fascinate contemporary artists. This exhibition looks at current perceptions of disaster through a dialogue between artists from a variety of cultural and social backgrounds, working in media from painting to photography, video and installation.

Ezra Pound claimed that artists are the antennae of the race.   Long-incarcerated at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (now site of the supposedly or potentially permanent Department of Homeland Security headquarters), the poet also complained “the bullet headed many” do not pay attention to meaning transmitted by the antennae.  Contemporary artists are seldom optimistic.

One of the artists featured at today’s Paris opening is Anselm Kiefer.  The video clip is from a documentary on Kiefer.  MORE.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 3, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

Thanks Phil for this interesting post! DHS permanent HQ will IMO never be at St. Es but perhaps FEMA and Coast Guard will be there.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

March 3, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

Bill: You’re probably right. I have added qualifiers (to be heard with an ironic inflection).

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 4, 2013 @ 8:03 am

By the way FEMA spending $25M to knock down all walls on top three floors of 500 C St. SW. Includes the office of the Chief Counsel. NO MORE ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE? At one point in the Louis O. Guiffrida era [1981-1985] many offices phone tapped and lists maintained of who visited OGC and OIG!

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