Spirits Lifted From 200 Years Into 2019

Storms Threatened Whitman's More Or Less I Am, RIVAA's Island of Art Rescued

Updated 10 weeks ago David Stone
Storms Threatened Whitman's More Or Less I Am, RIVAA's Island of Art Rescued
Photo credit: Piaskowski

"It shouts out the Democracy of the New World," Director Karin Coonrod said about More Or Less I Am, the Walt Whitman 200th birthday celebration, "urging its listeners to not be bowed down but rather to lift up heads to see the value of the other in this New World." But bad weather threatened silence... until Roosevelt Island stepped up.

Some panic vibrated through Roosevelt Island's creative community, last Thursday, when forecasted stormy weather threatened the performance of More Or Less I Am in FDR Four Freedoms Park, an event as eagerly anticipated as it was carefully planned out between Compagnia De' Colombari's Coonrod, the actors, musicians and Four Freedoms executive Madeline Grimes.

Storms Threatened Whitman's More Or Less I Am, RIVAA's Island of Art Rescued
Photo credit: Piaskowski

The date was auspicious, May 30th, 2019, the eve of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday.

Members of the community scrambled to locate an alternative indoor venue, and it should surprise no one that the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association came through, making active its long-stated mission to make ours an Island of Art.

"It was a hit," Coonrod told The Daily. "Thrilling."

And she tipped to her hat in appreciation to RIVAA's Esther Cohen "...who offered the radical hospitality for a radical poet!"

Storms Threatened Whitman's More Or Less I Am, RIVAA's Island of Art Rescued
Photo credit: Piaskowski

RIVAA Gallery was packed as you can see from the photos generously contributed by artist, photographer Esther Piaskowski Cohen.

Storms Threatened Whitman's More Or Less I Am, RIVAA's Island of Art Rescued
Photo credit: Piaskowski

 

Storms Threatened Whitman's More Or Less I Am, RIVAA's Island of Art Rescued
Photo credit: Piaskowski

 

Storms Threatened Whitman's More Or Less I Am, RIVAA's Island of Art Rescued
Photo credit: Piaskowski

 

Storms Threatened Whitman's More Or Less I Am, RIVAA's Island of Art Rescued
Photo credit: PiaskowskiPhoto credit: Piaskowski

 

Storms Threatened Whitman's More Or Less I Am, RIVAA's Island of Art Rescued
Photo credit: Piaskowski

 

Storms Threatened Whitman's More Or Less I Am, RIVAA's Island of Art Rescued
Photo credit: Piaskowski
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