Museum of the City of New York, "Let the Murals Be Seen!
Mike Alewitz is an outstanding muralist and artist. Just do a web search for: "Mike Alewitz murals" or click here.
He was hired by the Puffin Foundation to make a mural made of four large panels for their wing in the Musuem of the City of New York. Incredibly the
musuem won't exhibit it. The picture below is one part of his work, a work that he created over several years. Look it over and scroll down
Mike is a professor at Central Connecticut State University which is represented by the AAUP. He's also a member of the union
United Scenic Artists 829 IATSE.
Here's a link to a slide show with all the images in the mural.
Update April 6, 2015 article by Alewitz on RedWedge Magazine
Let's convince the Museum of the City of New York to show these awesome works of art. First off there's a petition online.
Click here to see it and sign it.
Apparently the person who is refusing to exhibit the work in Susan Henshaw, Director of the Museum of the City of New York. Her
An email address for the museum is here: firstname.lastname@example.org Snail mail: Susan Henshaw, Director, Museum of
the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029. It's all really pretty bizarre. It's a great museum and
it sometimes has exhibits with cutting edge politics.
Bring the issue up to unions, civil rights group, artistic and theater groups, whatever. Here's a possible resolution that
could be adopted or modified and then sent to the museum and the media.
Famed muralist and union activist Mike Alewitz created a mural for the Puffin Foundation to be displayed in the Museum of the City of New York. After years of work he created "The City at the Crossroads of History", a sweeping four panel mural which shows hundreds of years of struggles amd tragedies, from the slaves ships in New York Harbor and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire to the Civil Rights Movement and the Stonewall Rebellion. It's outstanding in its colors and designs and and is readably understandable.
Here's a link to an article in the New Britain paper about all this. It includes
a statment by the museum director defending her action.
For some reason the director of the Museum of the City of New York has decided not to show the mural. This is a sad mistake.
We believe that the people of New York have a right to see their history. We demand that the Museum of the City of New York and the Puffin Foundation provide an adequate exhibition space for their story!