Public Movement - “SALONS: Birthright Palestine?”
March 1 – April 21 2012
Co-presented with Artis.
Organized by Public Movement, “SALONS: Birthright Palestine?” is a series of performative public debates, specifically staged as congressional sessions, summit meetings, visioning sessions, diplomatic consultations, secret gatherings, and demonstrations. Extending the exhibition beyond the museum, each salon takes place in different locations throughout Manhattan.
“SALONS: Birthright Palestine?” will: celebrate the choreographies of Birthright ideological youth journeys to Israel; examine the uses and misuses of political branding as they relate to the status of some New York Muslim communities; deconstruct the role played by Birthright in the production of the American Jewish community/lobby; and consider the appropriation of such strategies toward the potential creation of Birthright Palestine. In collaboration with local communities, academics, activists, and specialists, “SALONS: Birthright Palestine?” performs strategic research towards the final Public Movement action for New York City. In the final salon, the public will vote on whether to initiate Birthright Palestine.
March 1, New Museum: SALON 1 – Rebranding Park51 Muslim Community Center
March 13, The New School: SALON 2 – Visioning Session for Return
March 25, Location TBA: SALON 3 – Birthright as Public Choreography
April 5, Artists Space: SALON 4 – Deconstructing Birthright Israel
April 15, New Museum: SALON 5 – Birthright Palestine? Debate/Vote
April 21, Final Action for New York City