Dara Greenwald

Dara Greenald was a member of Pink Bloque  2001-2005.  PB was a protest group that used pop culture to keep their message accessible.  Dressing in Pink, dancing, drill team style, to popsongs at protests or other public large group activities, like the Taste of Chicago.  One example is a choreographed dance to “‘It’s gettin’ hot in here.” They followed the dance with handing out flyers and talking to people about civil liberties. It is getting hot in here for our civil liberties…hoping people would remember their message whenever they heard the song.  I think it is also worth mentioning that they had buttons that said “too cute to arrest.”  Usually it made police at protests laugh and was effective.upcomingimageEquality protest in front of the State of Illinois building. Sculpture: Jean Dubuffet

Spectres of Liberty

The Ghost of the Liberty Street Church

Spectres means ghost, or an unpleasant or menacing vision in one’s imagination: the spectre of famine [Latin spectrum]

In collaboration with Josh McPhee and Olivia Robinson, Dara created a ghost church in Troy, New York where a historical church had been demolished.  The church was historical because it was a meeting place for organizing members of the underground railroad.  The project church was made of plastic and inflated so people could go inside.  After the sun went down they projected an image of Henry Highland Garnet and some of his words.  It looked like the letters of the words were coming out of his mouth and spiraling around the walls of the church.  They also projected a voice speaking these words.


Their next project is planed for Seracuse NY 2010

Signs of Change

Dara and Josh McPhee have collected hundreds of images from the 1960 until now.  All images relate to change and social movement.  This is a traveling art exhibit.


In 2005 she participated in the Troy, NY chamber of commerce, Victorian Stroll.  Every year near Christmas time this event takes place in downtown Troy.  Many dress up in high class Victorian garb.  Dara and friends brought more of a realistic representation to the event by dressing like the lower class of workers and protesting the terrible working conditions that were common for the citizens of Troy at the turn of the century.


Dara was on the Hay Market Research Team.

In the location of the 1886 there was a riot in Haymarket square, where there is now only a sidewalk.  The riot was in favor of the 8 hour work day.  It became violent and someone even set a bomb off.  People died as a result.  Four suspect were hung at for this crime.

In May 2005 for 8 hours the team set up a table and a billboard with information about this incident.  The billboard’s message was changed every hour on the hour, every time with a provocative statement relating to the incident.  ie:  Who died for your 8 hour work day?  What happened here in 1886?  Public Hanging, Lethal Injection, Difference?




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  1. Dara has never been arrested or used a city permit for any of her work. She does not make money doing this work, that is not why she does it. Here is a great quote from her,”we usually work on projects that are not very costly because that is generally against our values for social works because we want them to be inspirational to others so that they might do their own projects with little money…”
    Here is another quote regarding documentation, “since most of these projects are ephemeral, documentation lets the projects continue to have a life long after they are done and can be enjoyed by people who do not live in our town.”
    She will be in Portland showing Signs of Change through February and in town herself Jan 28-Feb 4.

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