U.S. Department of Art & Technology


Media Release
For Immediate Release: October 19, 2004

SECRETARY PACKER TO DELIVER
"SPEECH FOR THE END OF THE WORLD"

ANNOUNCING ARTISTIC EFFORTS TO
LIFT SHROUD OF DARKNESS OVER NATION

WASHINGTON, DC - On Thursday, October 21, at 7:30 PM EST, Secretary Randall M. Packer will give the "Speech for the End of the World" for the opening of "Democracy is Fun" at the White Box gallery in the Chelsea district of New York City.

Curated by Michele Thursz and Defne Ayas, the exhibition has as its key objective "the social mechanism of art advocating intervention during times of political and cultural urgency."

In response, the Secretary will announce efforts to lift the shroud of darkness hanging over America and the world by introducing new artistic initiatives intended to combat the wrath of the right-wing, Christian fundamentalists claiming dominion over all the Earth.

According to Secretary Packer, "with the White House proclaiming its 'theology of war,' we believe that the most solemn duty of the artist is to protect the American people in these post-apocalyptic times of extraordinary crisis. If the artist shows uncertainty or weakness in the final days before the election, our nation may drift toward tragedy and ruin."

"Democracy is Fun," with political interventions by over 15 artists, opens Thursday, October 21, 6 - 8 PM, and continues through November 6. White Box is located at 525 West 26th Street, NYC.

For more information: http://www.whiteboxny.org/democracyisfun

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