With the confluence of cultural diasporas living and contributing to all countries disseminated and collective identities, it is difficult to imagine celebrating a national holiday such as Memorial Day without offending or upsetting a war veteran in some way. People sub or consciously approach the holiday as simply another long weekend to celebrate the arrival of summer bar-b-ques.
Riding my bike through downtown L.A. and Skid Row everyday to work, I encounter kaleidoscopic views and sounds that sometimes shock and sometimes numb my consciousness. One message scrawled on a piece of white paper caught my mind's eye; "Memorial Day is hard for homeless vets." The simple message reminded me that Memorial Day is not celebratory for many vets--especially homeless ones.
This weekend here at Art Catalogues we are looking at artists(Horn, Arneson, Gonzalez- Torres, Holzer, Durant) and architects(Lin, Liebeskind) who have made and are proposing memorials to many groups of peoples in a collective effort to bring solace to the living while honoring the dead. We invite you to come in and check out what we have found and also to let us know what you think about Memorial Day.