This series of short videos shows the highlights of the people’s inauguration of the New Whitney Museum.
This preeminent institution is ostensibly devoted to the art of the United States. Yet, in its actions and omissions, it appears to be seized by moneyed interests connected to fossil fuels. As a result, the Whitney remained silent when a dangerous, high pressure gas pipeline was installed at its new location.
How does the Whitney reconcile its mission to protect and promote American art with the gas pipeline that is integrated into its foundations?
Even before it opened, the new Whitney location sustained several million dollars of damage from superstorm Sandy. How is fossil fuel infrastructure, obsolete and destructive, compatible with the future of American art?
On August 19, 2012, Peter Yarrow and his daughter Bethany gave all of us a tremendous gift -- a wonderful evening of song that was also a master class on how to use music to gather courage towards justice.
After Peter's introduction, this series of videos provides bite sized abstracts of the lessons Peter imparted that night. Musicians can learn from a singular talent how to play, when to play, and when to step back. People who do not see themselves as musicians learn how to lead song. Everyone learns how song can transcend prejudice, diffuse tension, and unite generous souls in the face of diversity.
The topic of the night was fracking for fossile fuels, a rapacious and destructive technology that a powerful few are using to rob the wealth and welfare of anybody who breathes air and drinks water.
But what Peter offers us goes much further -- techniques and lessons from a long lineage of social activists, from the Weavers, Woodie Guthrie and Pete Seger all the way to present Occupy Wall Street activists who are two generations Peter's junior.
Please enjoy and learn from this singular master. As you confront the powerful and those that feel threatened by Truth, heed Peter's lessons on how to use song to fell the most rigid barrier.
"When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed." — Joshua 6:20