ARMISTICE DAY, 2018

 A partner exhibition between Frontline arts and puffin cultural forum

CURATED BY WALT NYGARD, JAN BARRY, AND RON ERICKSON

EXHIBITION WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT PUFFIN CULTURAL FORUM

IN TEANECK, NEW JERSEY FROM

NOVEMBER 10, 2018 THRU JANUARY 18, 2019

Opening Reception: November 10, 2018 from 4-8pm

Puffin Cultural Forum

20 Puffin Way

Teaneck, NJ 07666


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Image derived from Unsplash.com, where all photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash. Image from Unsplash was modified by Frontline Arts interns for use in our Armistice Day, 2018 publications.

ARMISTICE DAY, 2018

On November 11th, 2018, the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the day the guns fell silent on the Western Front and the fighting ended in the War to End All Wars.

This November, Puffin Cultural Forum and Frontline Arts will commemorate that date in all its bitter irony: the sorrow and pity of the War, the hundred bloody years it spawned, and the early hopes for world peace.

For the United States, the world leadership first earned on the fields of France, then solidified in North Africa, Europe, and the Pacific islands, endowed us not with wisdom and sharing, but with suspicion and greed.

As World War II ended, Russia occupied Eastern Europe and an “Iron Curtain,” in Winston Churchill’s poetic words, descended across Europe. Allied armies faced off against Russian forces in an uneasy peace. Soon after, Russia developed an Atomic Bomb of its own and heightened an already tense situation. The ouster of our Nationalist allies, from mainland China by Mao Tse-Tung’s Communist Chinese army and the sudden, and then lingering, war in Korea, enlivened reactionary American politics.

At home, Senator Joseph McCarthy, with an angry religious zeal, sold the idea that there were communists and traitors in every sector of American life. Congressional response to global and homegrown hysteria came in 1954 when they ended Armistice Day and enshrined November 11th as a day to honor American veterans. The contrast between the ending of war and the celebration of an endless supply of veterans is startling. The United States entered an age of thoughtless acceptance of never-ending war.

The Twentieth Century has become the century that does not want to die. Yet, through those hundred years into a New Century, artists and writers, thinkers and builders, voices of peace and justice, have emerged with an awareness of the Orwellian state of the world.


ARTISTS INCLUDED IN THIS EXHIBITION:

Greta Anderson

Jan Barry

Donna Bassin

Terry Berkowitz

Marco Bras

Karen Brussat Butler

Rebecca Darge Christensen

Anne Dushanko Dobek

Michael Eckstein

Ron Erickson

Jim Fallon

Cathleen Ficht

Karen Fiorito

Manda Gorsegner

Tara Krause

Nathan Lewis

Talia Lugacy

SSG Sigrid H. Mabel

Gardner McFall

Len Merlo

Mary Ann Miller

Liz Mitchell

Ruth Bauer Neustadter

Walt Nygard

Joanne Ross

Anthony Santella

Ken Schnall

Leokadia Stanik

Greg Stone

Onnie Strothers

Nina Talbot

Vilja Virks-Lee

Frank Wagner

Eli Wright

James Yee


Puffin Cultural Forum

The Puffin Cultural Forum, a project of the Puffin Foundation Ltd., is the gallery and performance space located at the site of the Foundation's administrative offices in Teaneck, New Jersey. Our work takes place at the intersection of the arts and the struggle for human rights as we seek to realize in our local community the Puffin Foundation's governing motto: "...continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people". We deeply believe in the crucial role that the arts play in shaping our consciousness, and the role of artists as agents of social change. PuffinCulturalForum.org


QUESTIONS?

If you have additional questions or would like to discuss the exhibition, you may contact Frontline Paper Studio Manager and Curator, Walt Nygard, nmwalt@gmail.com or call  (201) 443-5247.