New York City Parks & Recreation
and International Freedom Center present
POLAND ON THE FRONT PAGE
Solidarity's 25th Anniversary exhibition
Thursday, September 29, 2005 - Thursday, October 27, 2005
Manhattan's Union Square
southwest corner, near the statue of Gandhi, New York, NY
The exhibition features blow-ups of front pages from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post that highlight Solidarity; as well as covers of Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times Magazine, and press photographs by Erazm Ciolek from the so-called "Polish decade" of 1979-1989. In this period, the three aforementioned dailies devoted to Poland over 2,000 front-page stories. The exhibition is curated by Ewa Zadrzynska.
My life as a reporter changed for ever that day at the Lenin shipyard. [...] reporting on the Communist world suddenly became incredibly exciting. I spent the next decade following strikes, coups, wars, upheavals, and eventually - with the demise of the Soviet Union - the remaking of the map of Europe. [...] the collapse of Communism was one of the defining news stories of the twentieth century. - Michael Dobbs, Washington Post correspondent in Poland 1980-1982
The communist regime in Poland could ignore the voice of a small group of the daring, but they could not afford to ignore what was printed in The New York Times, TheWashington Post, or Le Monde. Their voices were brought back toPoland via Radio Free Europe, Voice of America or the BBC. That's how protests became political facts, and we, the participants, were learning the difficult art of political thought and action. That's how moral protest evolved into a conscious action. - Adam Michnik, Chief Editor, Gazeta Wyborcza, the first independent newspaper in Poland after 1989
The exhibition will be mounted in Union Square, along the southwest pathway leading to the subway entrance at 14th Street, near the statue of Gandhi, and the pavement plaques commemorating and describing events of the union movement in NYC.
Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York in co-operation with New York City Parks & Recreation and International Freedom Center. Special thanks to Lech Walesa Institute.
We wish to thank the sponsors without whose generosity the Anniversary events would not have been possible: NATO Expansion Engineering & Program Management Corporation (NEE&PMC); Parade Committee, Inc.; Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture; Polish Studies Program, Columbia University; LOT Polish Airlines; DomaExport Co. Inc.; EJ Electric; Adamba
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Ewa Zadrzynska, curator, Exhibit Poland on the Front Page, 1979-1989
Adam Michnik, Our Road to Freedom
U.S. correspondents in Poland in 1980's
John Darnton, New York Times correspondent in Poland 1979-1982
Michael Dobbs, Washington Post correspondent in Poland 1980-1982
Michael Kaufman, New York Times Correspondent in Poland 1884-1987