Friday, September 26, 2008

WaMu Wall Street Washout

Lemons out of lemonade? The crisis on Wall Street seems like a bottomless pit of failure and chaos. In spite of this, I am more and more amazed by New York artists’ incredible optimism about the great things that can happen in this curious time. It is, perhaps, a vital time for the realignment of our priorities on many fronts, and an opportunity for powerful artistic statements to be proclaimed. Empty office spaces downtown? Can we make a show there? Significant drops in funding and ticket sales? Do your show in a pedicab on Broadway for the tourists. We are nimble and creative and we know how to make things happen. We’ve done it all of our lives. I don’t at all romanticize the “survival of the fittest” or “we must suffer to make great art” ideas, but I do see the vast possibilities in this time for delicious, complex, and thirst-quenching lemonade to be made.

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