Of the Siren and The Sky: Curated By Triple Candie - Exhibition Views
Of the Siren and the Sky is the first proper museum exhibition on the career of Siren Bliss, a Salt Lake City native who, by his own account, has made more than 80,000 artworks. Curated by Triple Candie, the presentation includes recreations of the artist’s drawings and sculptures, posters containing statements by him, and photographs and objects related to his life story. Exhibition held in the New Genres Gallery space.
An American anti-Vietnam War poster produced in 1971 by artist Edward Sorel. President Nixon is depicted as a Napoleon-like figure. He is flanked by former Vice President and presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey, and United States National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger. The maniacal Napoleon-Nixon is placing symbols of bombs on the map. Image reproduced with permission of Edward Sorel.
[‘2 years gaol (jail) for something he didn’t do’ from the Riley and Ephemera Collection ‘Conscription. Anti. Undated’, poster collection] At his first press conference after being sworn in by the Governor-General on 5 December 1972, the Prime Minister, Mr Whitlam, advised that there would be no further call-up. Those who had received notices would not be obliged to act on them and had not further obligation under the National Service Act. The Prime Minister had also instructed the new Attorney-General, Senator Murphy, QC, ‘that all pending prosecutions are to be withdrawn. The Commonwealth Police have been asked to withhold execution of outstanding warrants and papers have been prepared for the Governor-General to remit the sentences, the remaining portion of all prison sentences, of those who are now in prison and also the remission of all outstanding fines.’ He advised that he had already signed the necessary papers and that they would be submitted to the Governor-General.
Anti-Conscription Poster Related to Kan McClelland, High School Teacher
‘Demonstrate April 18th Ken McClelland Teacher/Draft/Resister’ from the Riley and Ephemera Collection ‘Conscription. Anti. 1972-1975’, poster collection On 18 April 1972, Ken McClelland, a teacher at Hawkesdale High School in Victoria, was sentenced to serve 18 months in Pentridge Prison for failing to obey his National Service call up notice. After the Labor Government came to power in December 1972, Governor-General Sir Paul Hasluck, was instructed to sign papers remitting the sentences of seven jailed draft resisters, including Ken McClelland. Another was Bob Scates, who had been imprisoned for 14 months. They were released on 7 December 1972.
Anti-Conscription Poster Promoting Moratorium March
This poster, carrying the moratorium symbol at bottom right, was one of many made to promote the moratorium marches. The man who did not chose his career is clearly the glum looking soldier standing apart from those whose clothes indicate a range of civilian occupations. In reality national servicemen were obliged to serve for two years, those who went to Vietnam and survived were discharged shortly after their tour and were, indeed, free to chose their own careers thereafter. The Moratoriums began in 1969 and reached a peak in 1970 to 1971. Throughout its existence, the Moratorium movement identified itself by this sunburst symbol, which came to be used not only by the Moratorium but also by other organisations and groups which supported its aims. The sunburst symbol was chosen by the Moratorium convenors as a striking and memorable design, easily visible in crowds, an important criteria for an identifying badge. Moratorium posters were usually printed in strong colours, often orange and blue or vibrant red and black. This poster was issued by the Vietnam Moratorium Campaign, Sydney.