A flag by artist Marilyn Minter reading “Resist” has found a home downtown after it was pulled from Midtown’s Lever House
A flag by artist Marilyn Minter reading “Resist” has found a home downtown after it was pulled from Midtown’s Lever House.
The work is part of Creative Time’s “Pledges of Allegiance” project for Flag Day for which 16 artists, including Yoko Ono, made flags with images and slogans like “Don’t Worry Be Angry.”
Minter’s “Resist” banner was reportedly removed after a few hours next to an American flag outside Lever House last month. Reports said permit issues were to blame, while art types rankled with rumors of censorship.
Either way, landlord and art mega-collector Aby Rosen’s building is known for hosting edgy exhibitions like a Damien Hirst show with 30 dead sheep, a dead shark and hundreds of sausages in the past.
Creative Time’s erected its own flagpole on E. 4th Street where it will hoist Minter’s banner Wednesday to fly for a month followed by the other flags in the series.
“We realized we needed a space to resist that was defined not in opposition to a symbol, but in support of one, and so we created a permanent safe space for our flags to fly,” said Nato Thompson, Creative Time Artistic Director.