Angry Arts Week


Rudolf Baranik, Artists’ Poster Committee of Art Workers Coalition

“… The most significant antiwar effort from the arts community during 1967 was Angry Arts Week, which took place in New York City between January 26 and February 5. Angry Arts Week was the largest collective aesthetic endeavor to occur during the war, and was, in many respects, the East Coast’s version of the Peace Tower. Like the tower, Angry Arts Week had its origins in an artists’ call. Dore Ashton and Max Kozloff sent out this call on behalf of AWP (though the Week was eventually sponsored by NYU’s chapters of SDS and the Committee of the Professions as well as the Greenwich Village Peace Center). The call explained: We, the ARTISTS AND WRITERS PROTEST, call upon you to participate in a Collage of Indignation, to be mounted in the cause of peace, from January 29 to February 4, 1967, at Loeb Student Center, New York University. Titled The Angry Arts, it will feature, in a context of happenings, poetry readings, films, music and theater, panoramic size canvases, upon which you the artists of New York, are asked to paint, draw, or attach whatever images or objects that will express or stand for your anger against the war . . . We are also interested in whatever manner of visual invective, political caricature, or related savage materials you would care to contribute. Join in the spirit of cooperation with other artistic communities of the city in a desperate plea for sanity. Eventually, roughly five hundred artists were involved in the Week. Their works were made in a wide variety of media. Performance art, music, poetry, as well as visual art (painting, sculpture, and photography) could be viewed. There were some memorable works exhibited during the Week. One was Carolee Schneemann’s Viet-Flakes, a film montage (dating from 1965) based on atrocity images, which Schneemann showed in conjunction with the performance piece Snows at the Kinetic Theatre (figs. 20 and 21). … She culled these images from newspapers and magazines, or from the Liberation News Service. Schneemann was motivated to construct something out of these images around 1966, when she became particularly upset about America’s growing presence in Vietnam. She also has commented that it was in 1966 that images of the war began to appear within her daily life as hallucinations. …”
Angry Arts
Angry Arts Week: New York, United States January 26th – February 5th 1967
W – Angry Arts Week
Week Of The Angry Arts


Photograph of a portion of Angry Arts Week in New York’s Collage of Indignation, 1967.

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