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Dubya Painting Savaged

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Alex scores!

Alex scores!

Photo taken 1-20-09

The New York Indypendent sponsored this inauguration day event, allowing passers-by in Union Square to hurl shoes at Dubya’s head for a dollar a toss. Proceeds benefited war widows and orphans in Iraq. The painting by Rebecca Migdal did not survive.

MY MONTGOMERY EXPERIENCE By Merle Lehman

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

“See that curb over there? There is still some blood on it from where my friend hit his head when a trooper pushed him down on it.””

The telephone rang in the campus minister’’s parsonage in San Diego. It was a long distance call for me from Montgomery, Alabama, from the steering committee of the National Methodist Student Movement. They were calling all seven of the MSM Regional Directors to see if we would join the MSM students and national staff in Montgomery for the end of the Selma to Montgomery march. I was the Methodist Student Movement Western Regional Director then, in the Spring of 1965, as well as the Wesley Foundation Director and Methodist Campus Minister at San Diego State University.

Could I come the next day and stay for several days? Take your time and think it over, the voice said—take as long as three minutes; we will hold. My first thought was of the people who had been beaten up and killed, including a Unitarian minister, James Reeb. My next thought was that this was indeed the voice of God calling me to stand up for what I believed. I could not say no with a clear conscience to this request. After all, I strongly believed in the civil rights movement, in the struggle for racial equality, and Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of my heroes. After quickly consulting with my wife, I said I would come. We would figure out later how to pay for the plane fare. It was the right thing to do.

The next day, dressed in the campus ministers’ “uniform” of the time, a clerical collar and a tweedy sport coat, with my sleeping bag under my arm, I flew to Montgomery. Of course I had to change planes in Atlanta. Everyone who flies in that direction has to change planes in Atlanta. There is a Southern joke that when you die, you first have to change planes in Atlanta before you can go to heaven.

Waiting for my plane to Montgomery, I was strolling around the Atlanta airport terminal. When I passed a group of about five airport workers, all white males, I heard one of the say in a loud whisper to the others, “Look, there’s a beatnik priest!” “Good grief,” I thought, “A beatnik priest?

Standing in line for the plane, a young woman with a huge handbag was in front of me. She turned around and asked, “Where are you staying tonight?” Startled, I said, “I don’’t know. Why?” She replied that she didn’t know she was staying, either, and was looking for a place. She was a Jewish nurse from New York City whose doctor employers had given her a few days off so she could be present at the end of the march in Montgomery. Her huge handbag was filled with medical supplies they had contributed. She wanted to be there, she said, just in case she was needed.

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Throw Shoes at Bush’s Sneering Head on Inauguration Day

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Yep, you really can throw shoes at a sneering portrait of Dubya (painted by yours truly) Tuesday at Union Square in NYC.

Shoe Target by Rebecca Migdal

Shoe Target by Rebecca Migdal

Get your kicks for $1 a throw on Tuesday, January 20, inauguration day, at the south side of Union Square in Manhattan from 11 AM-2 PM. The event is sponsored by the Indyendent, and proceeds will benefit Iraqi refugees.

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Mammon and Spin-itch

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Oy!

Will the corruption and greed never end? Isn’t there a special place in hell reserved for officials like Blagojevich and Madoff, who abuse their positions, and the trust placed in them by others, in order to enrich themselves beyond all reason?

Let us hope that the monster Mammon, pictured in the 8×8 foot mural below, will devour their souls, to be tormented forever, imprisoned in its dark and smelly maw.

Monster Mammon lurks menacingly beneath Main Street in the mural by Rebecca Migdal (©2008) now on display at Exit Art, NYC.

***Monster Mammon lurks menacingly beneath Main Street in this mural by me, Rebecca Migdal (©2008) now on display at Exit Art, NYC.***

BTW you can see this painting, along with works by World War 3 artists Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper and many of New York’s top politically engaged artists, at:

The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality
December 14, 2008 - February 7, 2009
Exit Art
475 Tenth Ave, New York, NY 10018

The paintings were all created in situ on the walls of a labyrinth constructed inside the gallery!

Here’s a detail of my piece:

Monster Mammon's tentacle drill is already breaking ground on Main Street!

***Monster Mammon's tentacle drill is already breaking ground on Main Street!***

In other news, THE ICE HAS MELTED, and the various other strange phenomena that have been pursuing me, have finally stopped.

I hope.

The trees genuflected to th Ice Queen, and those that could not bend, were struck down.

***The trees genuflected to the Ice Queen, and those too stiff to bend, were struck down.***

There were visitations, messages from Space, and atmospheric anomalies last week. I’ll tell you the whole story…

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Day of the Dead by Peter Kuper and Fuente Ovejuna

Friday, October 31st, 2008

This wonderful video features art, photographs and animation documenting the draconian police state conditions in Oaxaca during the famous Teachers Strike. There’s great music and the gorgeously macabre imagery may give you chills-it does it for me.

Enjoy!

Suspicious Voting?

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I was asked by the Indypendent to come up with a cover on the theme, “Does My Vote Matter?” Although they declined to use the artwork for the cover, it will be posted to their web site. Here’s a sneak preview of the artwork.

At times voting can seem pointless, as if it hardly matters what choices we make, because the system will continue on with business-as-usual regardless.

At times voting can seem pointless, as if it hardly matters what choices we make, because the system will continue on with business-as-usual regardless.

You can investigate all my recent editorial cartoons in detail in: “Editorial Cartoons by Rebecca Migdal”.

Obama Cartoon in New Issue of Indypendent

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I was asked to illustrate the review by Nicholas Powers of Obama's "Dreams from My Father" in the October 27, 2008 issue of The Indypendent.

I was asked to illustrate the review by Nicholas Powers of Obama's "Dreams from My Father" in the October 27, 2008 issue of The Indypendent.

Well folks, you can look forward to another flurry of posts from me in the next few days. Lots has happened in the past couple of weeks and there hasn’t been much time to catch up on my postings, but I promise to get you all up-to-date by Halloween. For starters, check out the cartoon that was published in the new issue of the Indypendent, illustrating a review of the first volume of Barack Obama’s memoir: Dreams From My Father. I’m pretty proud of it, and prouder still to be a contributor to the Indypendent. You can read the interview here.

Gonzo Update: October Events

Monday, October 6th, 2008

You are invited to GET MAD in “Happy Valley” this October -and dig the Fall Foliage on the way!

Come play in a fiery landscape of autumn colors, scenic canals and grand industrial antiques.

Please join us at a haunted extravaganza of spooky-cool art installations, performances and parties:
The Paper City Studios: First Annual Open Studios & Installation/Sculpture Event, all this coming weekend.

On Saturday, witness legendary comic artist and media activist Seth Tobocman's unique mixture of multimedia, live music and politics.

On Saturday, witness legendary comic artist and media activist Seth Tobocman's unique mixture of multimedia, live music and politics.

Featuring Seth Tobocman with ahh-some sounds courtesy of The IED’s. Opening act: The Yours Trulies*, with Rebecca reading comix, accompanied by Andy Laties, Eric Blitz and Steve Wishnia.

Busy all weekend? You’re in luck. Next week, you can hear a live radio broadcast on Valley Free Radio, or catch the complete show at Food For Thought Books. There’s even a stencil-making workshop for youth.

Don’t miss these fun-o-lishus events:
Paper City Studios: First Annual Open Studios & Installation/Sculpture Event
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- Friday, October 10 through Sunday Oct 12; 80 Race Street, Holyoke MA

>>> - RECEPTION Friday, October 10. 6-9 pm
>>> - Saturday October 11, 3pm: performance by
Seth Tobocman, with The IED’s, and The Yours Trulies*
>>> - Friday afternoon and evening, Saturday 12-9 PM and Sunday 12-5 PM:
Fabulous art, video and sound installations on view, throughout
Paper City Studios and Parsons Hall Project Space (next door)

BUT WAIT–here are more local appearances by Seth Tobocman, and The IED’s,
(opening with The Yours Trulies*), coming up!!!
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- Monday, October 13, 9-10 am; WXOJ-LP 103.3 FM, Valley Free Radio Northampton:
Live Radio Broadcast — spicy ear candy for hardworking folks!!!

- Tuesday, October 14, 5-8 PM; Food for Thought Books Collective, 106 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst

>>> - Youth stencil-making workshop 5-6 PM with Seth
>>> - Performance 7-8 pm, followed by a reception and book signing

READ ON for Detailed Information >>>>>

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