The Church of Stop Shopping has come to believe that it is critical to levitate the de Young, and is sending its senior pastor, Reverend Billy Talen, to do this important work. He will preach on Wednesday noon, April 20th in front of the museum. At 7:00pm, he will read from his new book, The Earth Wants YOU, at City Lights, 261 Columbus Avenue.
Here is the Reverend’s invitation:
The de Young was constructed to resist levitation or flight of any kind. Many of the museum’s trustees and donors insist that the building should not fly or float or make any move at all. And yet, it is generally acknowledged that in this time of apocalyptic weather, increased tremblers and tsunamis, long distance desperate migrations of plants, animals and humans – and outright extinction – it is no longer realistic to assume that the building won’t move at all.
Indeed, the institution’s big donors make the world outside the museum – levitate! Fossil fuel investors take key roles in the de Young, as they do in art museums throughout the West. The extracting and emissions of burning, the flooding as plastics, fluids and gasses that persist in the soil and water and air… The world is in flames from the careers of the wonderfully dressed grandees at the de Young parties. The monumental pillar of the museum seems to give “society” a place that they don’t believe is in fiery motion.
Now the intransigence of the de Young has a new bulwark against the accelerating capital that shreds every thing outside. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, the museum admits that it is drenched in Monsanto’s RoundUp, with its carcinogenic toxin “Glyphosate.” Look at the map. Undoubtedly families are covered with the stuff as they walk away from an afternoon of culture.
Our church researchers suggest that there is a sort of death-wish here. The museum seems to be telling us that now we can ignore our own impending extinction in an artistic way. Since the Earth’s crisis was brought about by the investments so gratefully cultivated by the museum, it appears that “art” is a distraction arranged by our own executioners.
On Wednesday the 20th, do we want to levitate the museum or ground it? It is the park, which is a kind of art exhibit featuring the Earth – that must save us.
Rev Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir performed against the Koch brothers and their $100m gift to Lincoln Center. Two of them were arrested. They have exorcised the oil money from the Tate Modern, both in London and Liverpool. Working with BP Or Not BP? the church gave an unasked for concert in the BP-sponsored British Museum.