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1000 WORDS: IRVING PETLIN, MARK DI SUVERO, AND RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA

FOR A CONTEMPORARY ART WORLD already engaged in a productive critical reassessment of the practices of the 1960s, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, which opens March 2, offers yet another welcome opportunity to compare and contrast that cultural moment and our own. The Peace Tower, 2005–2006, a joint project created by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Mark di Suvero for the Whitney’s Sculpture Court, resuscitates a curiously underexamined watershed in the history of cultural activism in America—the creation, in the winter of 1966, of a dramatic collaborative artwork in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles to protest US involvement in Vietnam.

Organized by a group led by Irving Petlin, an artist and activist who is also collaborating on the new work, the original project—The Artists’ Tower of Protest, informally called the “Peace Tower”—featured a nearly sixty-foot-high tower designed and built by

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