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Federation of Arts toured the show, with a catalogue and all that kind
of thing. It toured widely.
What did you have in it?
No original paintings. It was all paintings of the 1930s.
Right. What kinds of things?
Thomas Benton, [Robert] Gwathmey, Jacob Lawrence, Alice
Neal -- all the great painters of the 1930s. It's really fine stuff, a very
good exhibition. It began in our gallery and then toured through the
American Federation of Arts, very very distinctive -- that's the top.
They were saying to me, “You're showing us how you raise money and
how you do things.” They're in the business for 2,000 years.
When Images of Labor was doing well, I had the idea about Disarming
Images. I think I told you, during the big June 1982 action, we were
working very closely on it. I raised that, and I wanted the committee
to take it over. They said, “Nothing will happen unless you do it.” I
really didn't want to do an exhibition. I really wanted to get a couple of
posters out, but they said, “Listen, if you're going to do it you'd better
do it big.” So I got Jonathan Lorch -- obviously I needed a link on it --
and spent a good part of a year and half, two years, planning it and
getting a curator. That exhibition is still traveling now, with the
posters. The thing that didn't work was that the issue fell. When it was
being planned, the issue was going like that. By the time it came out
the issue was in decline, but that you can't --
Such is life.
Yes, that's the way life is. So that plus the European
The relations with Sweden started with Rolf Theorin of Volks Park.
E-O-R-I-N, People's Park. He came to the United States in 1978. Late
in 1978 he came to the United States. I didn't know him, he had met
with Mike Harrington and Mike Harrington -- who is a member of our
advisory board at that time, we were planning -- said, “You ought to
contact Moe Foner.” He called me up the day before he was going to
leave and said, “Do you have an hour.” I said, “Yes.” We went out, and
I was with him for five hours. He kept listening to me, and listening to
me. “Oh my God,” he said. “We in Sweden we're generations ahead of
you in everything, in culture and everything. But we never have
planned anything like this! We've got to have you come to Sweden.
We've got to have Bread and Roses, we've got to work that out.” That
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