Thursday, December 09, 2010

Words a Cell Can’t Hold: Honoring Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo's Portrait at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway
Credit: Odd Andersen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

"Today, the values of democracy, open society, respect for human rights, and equality are becoming recognized all over the world as universal values. To my mind there is an intimate connection between democratic values, such as transparency, the rule of law and freedom of information, and the fundamental values of human goodness."
- The Dalai Lama (from his Facebook page December 10, 2010)

Liu Xiaobo, poet and literary critic, today received in absentia the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Chinese authorities forbade Liu from traveling to the award ceremony and harshly criticized the selection of Liu Xiaobo. Liu is currently incarcerated as a political prisoner in China where he is serving an 11-year prison term for "inciting subversion of state power" because he was involved in the creation of a manifesto known as Charter 08 calling for democratic reform in China.

On stage in Oslo, a large scale photo of Liu Xiaobo smiled down upon the audience of dignitaries, politicians, human rights workers and concerned world citizens. An empty chair marked Liu's place. Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee said,"We regret that the laureate is not present. He is in isolation in a prison in northern China. Nor can the laureate's wife, Liu Xia, or his closest relatives be with us. This fact alone shows that the award was necessary and appropriate. We congratulate Liu Xiaobo with this year's peace prize."

President Obama, who received the Nobel prize last year, said via a statement: "Liu reminds us that human dignity also depends upon the advance of democracy, open society, and the rule of law. The values he espouses are universal, his struggle is peaceful, and he should be released as soon as possible."

During the ceremony, the Norwegian actress and director Liv Ullmann read from Liu's writing: "I, filled with optimism, look forward to the advent of a future free China. For there is no force that can put an end to the human quest for freedom, and China will in the end become a nation ruled by law, where human rights reign supreme."

Gregg Chadwick
Under the Lapis Sky
76cm x 54cm monotype on paper 2010

In honor of the event, the New York Times published Liu's poem
Words a Cell Can’t Hold.

Words a Cell Can’t Hold

Translated by Jeffrey Yang from the Chinese
Published: December 8, 2010

from “Experiencing Death”

I had imagined being there beneath sunlight
with the procession of martyrs
using just the one thin bone
to uphold a true conviction
And yet, the heavenly void
will not plate the sacrificed in gold
A pack of wolves well-fed full of corpses
celebrate in the warm noon air
aflood with joy

Faraway place
I’ve exiled my life to
this place without sun
to flee the era of Christ’s birth
I cannot face the blinding vision on the cross
From a wisp of smoke to a little heap of ash
I’ve drained the drink of the martyrs, sense spring’s
about to break into the brocade-brilliance of myriad flowers

Deep in the night, empty road
I’m biking home
I stop at a cigarette stand
A car follows me, crashes over my bicycle
some enormous brutes seize me
I’m handcuffed eyes covered mouth gagged
thrown into a prison van heading nowhere

A blink, a trembling instant passes
to a flash of awareness: I’m still alive
On Central Television News
my name’s changed to “arrested black hand”
though those nameless white bones of the dead
still stand in the forgetting
I lift up high up the self-invented lie
tell everyone how I’ve experienced death
so that “black hand” becomes a hero’s medal of honor

Even if I know
death’s a mysterious unknown
being alive, there’s no way to experience death
and once dead
cannot experience death again
yet I’m still
hovering within death
a hovering in drowning
Countless nights behind iron-barred windows
and the graves beneath starlight
have exposed my nightmares
online exhibition to mark the continuing injustices
Besides a lie
I own nothing

More at:
Nobel Peace Center Website
At Peace Prize Ceremony, Winner’s Chair Stays Empty

Liu Xiaobo
Credit: Independent Chinese PEN Centre

Also today to mark Human Rights Day 10 December 2010, Arts Showcase for Iran has created an online exhibition to draw renewed attention to the blatant disregard for human rights in Ahmadinejad's corrupt regime. The exhibit can be found at:
Speak 4 Iran

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Rose of Time

The Rose of Time
Gregg Chadwick
76cm x 61cm oil on linen 2010
Currently on exhibit at Manifesta Maastricht, the Netherlands

A Bowl of Roses
by Rainer Maria Rilke

You saw angry ones flare, saw two boys
clump themselves together into a something
that was pure hate, thrashing in the dirt
like an animal set upon by bees;
actors, piled up exaggerators,
careening horses crashed to the ground,
their gaze thrown away, baring their teeth
as if the skull peeled itself out through the mouth.
But now you know how these things are forgotten:
for here before you stands a bowl full of roses,
which is unforgettable and filled up
with ultimate instances
of being and bowing down,
of offering themselves, of being unable to give, of standing there
almost as part of us: ultimates for us too.
Noiseless life, opening without end,
filling space without taking any away
from the space the other things in it diminish,
almost without an outline, like something omitted,
and pure inwardness, with so much curious softness,
shining into itself, right up to the rim:
is anything as known to us as this?
And this: that a feeling arises
because petals are being touched by petals?
And this: that one opens itself, like a lid,
and beneath lies nothing but eyelids,
all closed, as if tenfold sleep
had to dampen down an inner power to see.
And, above all, this: that through the petals
light has to pass. Slowly they filter out from a
thousand skies the drop of darkness
in whose fiery glow the jumbled bundle
of stamens becomes aroused and rears up.
And what activity, look, in the roses:
gestures with angles of deflection so small
one wouldn't see them if not for
infinite space where their rays can diverge.
See this white one, blissfully opened,
standing among its huge spreading petals
like a Venus standing in her shell;
and how this one, the blushing one, turns,
as if confused, toward the cooler one,
and how the cooler one, impassive, draws back,
and the cold one stands tightly wrapped in itself
among these opened ones, that shed everything.
And what they shed, how it can be
at once light and heavy. a cloak. a burden,
a wing, and a mask, it all depends,
and how they shed it: as before a lover.
Is there anything they can't be: wasn't this yellow one
that lies here hollow and open the rind
of a fruit of which the same yellow,
more intense, more orange-red, was the juice?
And this one, could opening have been too much for it,
because, exposed to air, its nameless pink
has picked up the bitter aftertaste of lilac?
And isn't this batiste one a dress, with
the chemise still inside it, still soft
and breath-warm, both flung off together
in morning shade at the bathing pool in the woods?
And this one here, opalescent porcelain,
fragile, a shallow china cup
filled with little lighted butterflies,
and this one, containing nothing but itself.
And aren't they all doing the same: only containing themselves,
if to contain oneself means: to transform the world outside
and wind and rain and patience of spring
and guilt and restlessness and disguised fate
and darkness of earth at evening
all the way to the errancy, flight, and coming on of clouds
all the way to the vague influence of the distant stars
into a handful of inwardness.
Now it lies free of cares in the open roses.

Rilke, Rainer Maria. "A Bowl of Roses." Translated by Galway Kinell & Hannah Liebman. American Poetry Review 1999 28(3):61.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Neil Young (Jimmy Fallon) and Bruce Springsteen Cover Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair"

Late Night Ridiculousness on the Day that Springsteen Releases " The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story"

And my personal favorite:
Because the Night w/ Stevie, Roy, Bruce and the Roots

Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen on Late Night - Full Show

Sunday, November 14, 2010

December 3-5, 2010 at Esalen: Gregg Chadwick and Phil Cousineau on Stoking the Creative Fires

Jordaan Window
Gregg Chadwick
Jordaan Window
25cmx25cm oil on wood 2010

Coming up on December 3-5, 2010, I am honored to lead a workshop on creativity with writer Phil Cousineau entitled Stoking the Creative Fires: Nine Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination

Phil Cousineau's book "Stoking the Creative Fires" is an impassioned volume on creativity that combines myth, story and personal pilgrimages in a primer on the creative life. My painting "Fire Dream" graces the cover.
We will use this book as a stepping off point for the upcoming workshop on creativity. It will be a rich journey through myth and art at Esalen. Sign up here: Reserve this workshop
We hope to see you there!

The Esalen Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 1962 by Stanford alums Michael Murphy and Richard Price as an alternative educational center devoted to the exploration of what Aldous Huxley called the "human potential." This world of unrealized human capacities that lies beyond the imagination has brought to Esalen a steady influx of philosophers, psychologists, artists, and religious thinkers.

Stoking the Creative Fires

Phil Cousineau at Esalen

Allan Hunt Badiner explains the history of Esalen:
"Esalen takes its name from the Native American tribe, the Esselen, that once lived there. Sitting on a former ceremonial ground, the Esalen property was the site of frequent cross-tribal peace gatherings. Esselen cosmology described Big Sur as a “weaving” center for human culture and drew representatives from tribes, near and far. Today, Esalen draws 10,000 people a year from around the world to participate in a wildly diverse menu of workshops. It brought former Russian President Boris Yeltsin to the West, popularized Rolfing and Gestalt, and nurtured books like The Tao of Physics and The Dancing Wu Li Masters. Esalen created a context for understanding psychedelics, established the healing power of massage, and championed wisdom of the body. Visitors often mention that the land itself and spectacular coastline setting feels almost sacred." Allan's words are not surprising, given the retreat’s lineage of powerful teachers such as Abraham Maslow, Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Fritz Perls, Allen Ginsberg, Ida Rolf, Joan Baez, Boris Yeltsin, Philip Glass, Gregory Bateson, Buckminster Fuller and countless others who have visited and taught at Esalen in an effort to discuss, debate and develop revolutionary ideas, transformative practices, and innovative art forms.

Esalen Glow
Sunset at the Esalen Institute

More at:
Phil Cousineau
Gregg Chadwick
Stoking the Creative Fires
"Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion" by Jeffrey J. Kripal
Esalen at the Edge. From Zen and hot tubs to glasnost, the famed Big Sur retreat has changed our minds, bodies, and ways of looking at the world.
- by past workshop participant Allan Hunt Badiner

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Freed from House Arrest

photo courtesy European Pressphoto Agency
Aung San Suu Kyi greets supporters after being freed today

Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been freed from house arrest today in Burma.
Much more to follow.
Details at:
Burmese Dissident Is Freed After Long Detention

Gregg Chadwick
The Road to Mandalay
40"x30" oil on linen 2007
Currently at Julie Nester Gallery

Friday, November 12, 2010

Polish Composer Henryk Gorecki Dies At Age 76

Gorecki Symphony No. 3 "Sorrowful Songs" - Lento e Largo
(Soprano: Isabel Bayrakdaraian, Sinfonietta Cracovia, conducted by John Axelrod.
Taken from "HOLOCAUST - A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz". For one of the first times since liberation, permission was granted for music to be heard in Auschwitz.)

"I think that people are moved by the simplicity — which does not mean simple-mindedness — and the prayerful intensity of the music. Quite extraordinary. The Symphony No. 3 touched people in a way that few pieces do, now or ever."
- Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author, former dj on WNYC in New York who played an early, Polish recording of the symphony for American audiences.

"I will be extremely happy if some people 100 years from now would listen to some of my music. It's not a question of being famous and popular. It's a question of what you did and how you did it."
Henryck Gorecki on NPR in 1995

I painted today, as I often do, with the Polish composer Henryk Gorecki's haunting 3rd Symphony playing through my headphones. Satisfied with my progress for the day, I stopped, only to find that Gorecki had died today in Poland. I am grateful for the music that Gorecki has left us but mourn both his passing and the loss of future music that had yet to be finished.

Boosey & Hawkes, Gorecki's music publishing firm, noted that Gorecki left an unfinished Symphony No.4, commissioned jointly by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Southbank Centre along with The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association: Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director, and the ZaterdagMatinee, Dutch radio's classical music concert series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

60"x49" oil on linen 1987
painting by Gregg Chadwick

Much more at:
Henryk Gorecki, Composer Of 'Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs,' Dies At Age 76
Boosey & Hawkes: Henryk Mikolaj Górecki dies in Katowice, aged 76

Thursday, November 11, 2010

On Veterans Day

By Gregg Chadwick

Winslow Homer
The Veteran in a New Field
24 1/8" x 38 1/8" oil on canvas 1865
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Veterans Day is more than just a day off. Instead it is a time to reflect on duty, honor, service, and life. Winslow Homer's The Veteran in a New Field portrays a Union veteran of the American Civil War back at work on the farm. But the painting is not instantly celebratory. There are no angels and there is no parade. Instead a psychic weight seems to be guiding the veteran's scythe as it cuts the stand of grain, much like the volleys of shot and shell mowed down troops, on both sides of that brutal war.

There is hope though in the warm, life giving color of the wheat, a Northern crop, and the cerulean sky. All wars must eventually come to an end. Uniforms are cast off. Homer paints the ex-soldier's jacket and canteen tossed onto the newly cut field. Life does go on.

The soldier will inevitably struggle to find his place in the mundane world of civilian work. And the civilian world struggles to understand these warriors bereft of armor and weapons plopped back into society. Wounds need time and care to heal.

Art can help bridge this gap.

Stories need to be told.

Today, at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and on HBO in the film Wartorn 1861-2010, veterans of our current wars have been given a chance to tell their stories. Please see below for more details.

On this Veterans Day I want to thank my father Robert Chadwick for his service in the United States Marine Corps, my father in law Ralph Heilemann for his service in the United States Navy, my sister-in-law Heidi Bavlnka for her service in the United States Army, my uncle Jake Desch for his service in the United States Airforce, my cousin Michael Lowther for his service in the United States Marine Corps, my friend Paul Patchem for his service in the United States Navy, and my buddy Mark Stephens for his service in the United States Navy.

Opening today at the National Veteran's Art Museum in Chicago, Illinois is the exhibit Intrusive Thoughts: An exhibition of work by Veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Global War on Terror.

The museum website describes the theme of the show:

"Intrusive thoughts are unwelcome involuntary thoughts, images, or unpleasant ideas that may become obsessions are upsetting or distressing, and can be difficult to manage or eliminate.
Although they are commonly unseen, there are silent signs of our current occupations in our local communities, households, and memories. This show will feature work by veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror that will bring these signs from the shadows to the forefront and give these traumas a voice in the political and cultural discussion of today."

The exhibition includes artwork by Jeremy Stainthorp Berggren, Erica Slone, Combat Paper Project, Peter Sullivan, Jacob Flom, Jon Turner, Ash Kyrie, Chris Vongsawat, Leonard Shelton, Joyce Wagner, and Warrior Writers Project.

Opens Tonight, November 11, 2010
7PM Artist Talks/Presentation
5-8 PM | National Veterans Art Museum 1801 S. Indiana Ave. 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60616

Screenshot from HBO Films Documentary Wartorn 1861-2010

And tonight on HBO, the documentary Wartorn 1861-2010 The film examines what we now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the Civil War, through two World Wars and Vietnam, and recent cases from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Using a technique often used by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, soldiers stories are told through letters and journals as well as photographs, combat footage, and interviews with veterans and family members of soldiers with PTSD. Also included are insightful conversations between James Gandolfini and top U.S. military personnel, enlisted men in Iraq, and medical experts working at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Directed By: Jon Alpert and Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Producers: Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill and Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Executive Producers: James Gandolfini and Sheila Nevins
Co-Producer Lori Shinseki
Co-Producer Archival Segments Caroline Waterlow
Edited by Geof Bartz A.C.E., Andrew Morreale and Jay Sterrenberg
Co-Executive Producer Alexandra Ryan
Associate Producers Trixie Flynn and Thomas Richardson
Supervising Producer Sara Bernstein

Wartorn 1861-2010 premieres on Veteran’s Day 2010 – Thursday, November 11 at 9/8c, on HBO.

More at:
Buglers, Veterans And The Lonely Yet Comforting Sound Of Taps
National Veterans Art Museum
Veterans Day Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

James Elkins: A Gaze, a Glance, an Epiphany

Dieric Bouts
Weeping Madonna (detail)
15 1/4" x 11 7/8" c. 1480-1500
The Art Institute of Chicago

James Elkins is now writing for the Huffington Post on art, especially the process of looking at art. His latest post entitled "How Long Does it Take To Look at a Painting?" is a must read. We are bombarded by visual images each day to the point where we are numb to their effect. How can we regain the ability to interact with great paintings and sculptures? James Elkins suggests that a simple solution is at hand: slow down, stop and gaze into a work of art. Don't have the time? Wander over to the nearest gallery or museum on your lunch hour.

James Elkins writes beautifully about Dieric Bouts Weeping Madonna from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The video artist Bill Viola was also moved by the Dieric Bouts painting when his father was dying:

"For the first time in my life I realised I was using a piece of art rather than just appreciating it. Maybe it should have been in a church - where people share silent communion - but it happened in an art gallery. That is not what I was taught in art school"

Read the entire piece and join the dialogue at:
James Elkins on Huffington: "How Long Does it Take To Look at a Painting?"
More on Bill Viola at:
Bill Viola: The Passions

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Giving Away the Farm: The Folly in Privatizing UCLA’s Anderson School of Management

By Gregg Chadwick

"The university was controlled by and had to fight for intellectual purity against the Church, then it had to fight against the crown, and now it's against the corporation."
Gordon Davies, Director of Virginia's Council of Higher Education 2002

Since the University of California System was founded in 1868, generations of Californians have built the UC System into the world renowned institution that it is today through their taxes, gifts, and hard work. The UCLA Anderson School of Management proposes to take a program, buildings, and facilities built with public tax dollars and student tuition and without public, student or governmental oversight turn public property into a private entity. This move would abandon the University of California Charter, give away the equity of generations of Californians, load students with ever increasing tuition bills, effectively deny the Californian middle class access to a school built by Californians for the Californian public, reduce academic freedom at UCLA, create proprietary research owned by corporations not by Californians, and would loosen the floodgates of privatization that could lead to the dismantling of the entire University of California system.

Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902)
Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
183 x 305 cm oil on canvas 1868
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, D.C.

I. Abandoning the University of California Charter

In considering UCLA’s Anderson School of Management’s rush to privatization, UCLA’s Chancellor Gene Block and the UC Regents must take into account the California Master Plan for Higher Education of 1960 which created a system for postsecondary education that defined specific roles for the University of California, the California State University system, and the California Community Colleges system. UC Regents President Clark Kerr stated at that time that the goal was to “foster excellence and guarantee educational access for all.” Signed into law by Governor Brown on April 27, 1960, the University of California Charter’s underlying principles were clear:

1. Higher education needed to be available to all regardless of means.
2. Academic opportunity should be available to all proficient students
3. Each of the three systems would strive for excellence in serving the California public. The UC schools, including UC Berkeley and UCLA, were to be supported as top tier research universities.

Welders/California Taxpayers at Bay Area Kaiser Shipyards During World War II

II. Giving Away the Equity of Generations of Californians

Since the University of California was founded in 1868, generations of Californians have built the UC System into the world renowned institution that it is today through their taxes, gifts, and hard work. The Anderson School proposes to take a program, buildings, and facilities built with public tax dollars and student tuition and effectively deny access to all but the independently wealthy. The Anderson privatization plan abandons the public mission of the UC system, steals the contributions of generations of Californians and will effectively deny future students, especially from the middle class, the opportunity to attend a public University built and paid for by their ancestors.

In an editorial from September 2010, the Los Angeles Times agrees, stating that the Anderson School gets the best of the situation after privatization and “would still benefit from its association with UCLA, a great university whose international prestige was built up by California taxpayers willing to invest in first-rate education and research.”

1970's Mural from UCLA'S Ackerman Union (now lost or hidden?)

III. Students Will Pay the Price With Ever-Rising Tuition Bills

In a cynical bid to raise professor and administrator salaries at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, students will immediately make up the difference with tuition increases. The UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management Proposal for Financial Self Sufficiency Response to Questions and Comments from the Academic Senate ( reports that currently the state of California, through UC General Funds, provides $17.9 million in yearly funding out of a total budget of $90.5 million.

The plan if UCLA Anderson opts out of public funding is for tuition, which currently costs $41,000 a year for California residents, to rise to match that of private business schools such as Wharton and Stanford. Tuition for Stanford is currently at $53,118. Current and future California resident students would be faced at least with an immediate $12,000 yearly tuition increase to cover the loss of UC funding.

Surely, potential business students want to control their own finances, too. But as the leaders in the drive to privatize America’s professional schools know well - tuition is a more reliable source of revenue than state or private funding. The Los Angeles Times agrees and states, “If private donations fall short, it will be students who make up the difference in the form of ever-rising tuition bills.”

IV. The Middle Class Will Be Hit Especially Hard If Anderson Goes Private

“In most excellent schools, there are scholarship funds available, and I think universities are very responsive to students in need. However, as education gets more privatized, it becomes less affordable. The people who get squeezed are not the poor, because there are funding sources that target them specifically. And obviously the well to do have the means to send their kids to college. I do think privatization hurts the middle class.”
-Hasan Pirkul, University of Texas at Dallas, Biz/ed, March/April 2005

The middle class in California is caught in a bind when it comes to education. In the current climate of reduced lending, it can be difficult if not impossible to gather loans to help family members attain their academic goals. Many middle class families find that their combined salaries put their daughters and sons out of reach for grants and financial aid. In this economic downturn it is egregious for the Anderson School to flippantly discuss $12,000 per year tuition hikes because of their privatization dreams.

“At private colleges and universities there is a donut hole for the middle-class family with more than one student in college … They earn too much money to qualify for full financial aid; their family assets suggest that they can contribute to their child's education at a certain level that rarely takes into account the cost of having several children in college simultaneously. The formulation of need packages also tends to examine assets along with income and sometimes distorts that level of liquid assets available to families for contributions to their children's education. The very wealthy and the very poor benefit from the financial aid arrangements at these private schools more than the family whose gross income may reach $100,000, but who also have two children in private colleges. Second, most excellent private colleges and universities simply do not have the financial assets to adopt the Ivy League's admission and financial aid policies. They are not able to provide the discount rates that the wealthier schools can afford. Consequently, the cost burdens for families and students who attend these superb schools that have less wealth will, in fact, be greater.”
Jonathan R. Cole
John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University at Columbia University

V. Academic Freedom versus Black Box Pedagogy:
The Cautionary Tale of the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

“But black-box pedagogy at the University of Virginia calls into question the very idea of a public university.”
David L. Kirp of the University of California at Berkeley and Patrick S. Roberts of Virginia Tech, Mr. Jefferson’s University Breaks Up, The Public Interest, Summer 2002

The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville is often cited as a model for Anderson’s privatization plan. David L. Kirp of the University of California at Berkeley and Patrick S. Roberts of Virginia Tech wrote a measured critique entitled Mr. Jefferson’s University Breaks Up published in The Public Interest during the summer of 2002.
Kirp and Roberts came to the conclusion that the Darden School’s privatization reduced academic freedom and led to situations “when Darden offers classes developed for a specific firm and uses proprietary teaching material, it erases the line between the academy, where norms of openness prevail, and the property-minded corporate environment. Such secrecy is expected at a place like Hamburger University, McDonald's corporate-training headquarters, where the courses are valuable property and every effort is made to keep out spies from Wendy's or Burger King.”

VI. Research or Money?
Another Cautionary Tale From the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

Kirp and Roberts also came to the conclusion that the Darden School’s privatization reduced the quality and quantity of faculty research:

“In its eagerness to enter the top ranks of business schools, Darden has made the pursuit of money its main activity. In doing so, it has de-emphasized research, for which there is no immediate market payoff. Faculty energy that elsewhere would be devoted to scholarship is expended on topics dictated by the needs of executive education.”

Kirp and Roberts also concluded that, “Though Darden faculty write many of the case studies used in business school classes throughout the country, they publish in leading academic journals far less than their counterparts at Stanford or Chicago. That worries those who see the creation, not just the transmission, of knowledge as vital at a great university. The school recognizes the problem. As Joseph Harder, who came to Darden from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, points out, it's important "to become known for our intellectual capital."

What is more alarming is that an instructor may not be allowed to use the case he has developed for, say, Price Waterhouse Coopers or Citibank in an M.B.A. class, since many executive courses draw on proprietary material.”
David L. Kirp of the University of California at Berkeley and Patrick S. Roberts of Virginia Tech, Mr. Jefferson’s University Breaks Up, The Public Interest /Summer 2002

Kareem Abdul Jabbar at Chancellor Block's Inauguration

VII. What About Public Service?
Many students pursue professional school degrees as a path to public service. Ralph Bunche is a shining example for UCLA. President Obama began his professional life as a public interest attorney. Many government and nonprofit posts demand instruction from business, medical or law schools. Such students are not exceptions to the rule; they make up much of the University of California and reflect the makeup of our entire state. UC administrators should not have to be reminded that the pursuit of idealistic but low-paying work represents the fulfillment of UC's stated mission of teaching, research and public service.

VIII. There Is No Turning Back: Loosening the Floodgates of Privatization Could Dismantle the Entire UC System

The Los Angeles Times reminds us that “other professional schools within the UC system have been floating the idea for years, and if Anderson's proposal is accepted, it almost certainly will set off a wave of similar plans. The model that funds these schools will be the standard that prevails at private schools across the nation; there will be relatively little incentive to rein in costs.”
I agree with the Los Angeles Times that privatizing Anderson would open the floodgates and lead to the destruction of the University of California. Mark G. Yudof, the Regents of the University of California, the Governor of California, the State Legislature, and the citizens of California “must consider much more than the reasonable aspirations of a well-regarded business school.”

In March 2010, the UC Board of Regents rejected a proposal that would have allowed professional schools to set fees at rates similar to private universities. UC policy requires tuition to be no higher than comparable public schools. The Anderson proposal seems like a backdoor plan to circumvent UC policy that could set a dangerous precedent of restructuring other professional programs.

We must remember that no action is taken in isolation and that if the Anderson goes private that there is no going back:
“The future mission of the University of California is at stake, and their decision must arise not from case-by-case proposals but from a well-articulated vision of what that mission will be. Some very limited privatization might be necessary, but under what limits? And what of a possible return to a public mission in the future? When the state's economy reawakens, Californians should not find that some of their most valuable gems were given away while they were sleeping.”

Inauguration of Chancellor Block at Royce Hall UCLA

IX. For the Future of California the Rush to Privatize Anderson Must be Halted by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, UC President Mark G. Yudof and the Regents of the University of California

The UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management Proposal for Financial Self Sufficiency Response to Questions and Comments from the Academic Senate ( makes clear that if the decision is made to allow Anderson to go private that there is no turning back. Any change to this agreement would have to be “with mutual agreement of UCLA and UCLA Anderson.” And “In the event of disagreement” UCLA and UCLA Anderson would have to “agree on a mutually satisfactory mechanism for resolution.” In other words, call in the high priced lawyers. If the Anderson School is allowed to go private there will be no legal reason for any of the other professional schools within the entire UC System to remain public.

These could include the top ranked public Medical Schools at UCSF, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego. Dental schools at UCLA and UC San Francisco are at risk. The Nursing Schools at UCLA, UCSF, UC Davis and UC Irvine could be lost to privatization. The Public Health programs at UC Berkeley and UCLA would be at risk as well as the Veterinary Medicine School at UC Davis and the Optometry School at UC Berkeley. Public law schools at UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and the Hastings School of Law could demand to become private. The vast engineering and computer science programs throughout the University of California System are already positioning themselves to become private. These schools could include:

1.UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, Computer Science Division
School of Information Management and Systems, International Computer Science Institute, and Department of Chemical Engineering
2.UC Davis’ College of Engineering, and Department of Computer Science
3. UC Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering,
Department of Electrical and Computer Science,
and Department of Information and Computer Science
4. UCLA’s Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Department of Computer Science
5. UC Merced’s School of Engineering
6. UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, and
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
7. UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, and
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
8. UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering, and
Department of Computer Science
9. UC Santa Cruz’ Baskin School of Engineering,
Department of Computer Science, and
Department of Computer Engineering

A nightmare scenario can easily be envisioned where future generations realize that the gems of the University of California were given away for nothing only to watch helplessly as their tax dollars, cherished gifts, and sweat equity are again squandered, though this time in bitter and never ending battles over privatization in the courts. It is my firm belief that if the UCLA Anderson School of Management is allowed to privatize under the terms of their proposal, the entire University of California will be put at risk and a hasty decision could lead to the dismantling of one of California’s most glorious creations.

As made clear in November 2, 2010’s election, the California public does not want business executives running the government in Sacramento. In the same vein it does not serve the state of California’s collective interest to allow UCLA's Anderson School of Management to model itself solely after the corporate world and secede financially from UCLA. In essence, by allowing the UCLA Anderson School of Management to go private, California would be giving away a school built with the tax dollars, cherished gifts, and sweat equity of generations of Californians without any recompense.

Friday, November 05, 2010

From the vaults - Circa 1978 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Perform "The Promise"

From the vaults - Circa 1978 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform The Promise. The video was sparely shot in black and white. Bruce's voice is hoarse and guttural.
A definitive statement on broken promises and lost dreams.

Gregg Chadwick
Pegasus Night
38 cm in diameter oil on wood 2010
Currently on view at Manifesta Maastricht, the Netherlands

Hat Tip to Pitchfork.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky
Gregg Chadwick
The Sheltering Sky
218cm x 163cm
oil on linen 2010
Currently on exhibit at the Manifesta Maaastricht Gallery in Maastricht, the Netherlands

Rene Boitelle,views The Sheltering Sky at Manifesta Maastricht

I was honored to have Rene Boitelle, a restorer at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, speak about my work at the opening on October 25, 2010.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gregg Chadwick at Manifesta Maastricht

Home From the Road Listening to Michael McDermott's "Carry Your Cross"

I am back after more than a month on the road. Fall in Santa Monica is crisp and reminds be of all the autumn days that have past in my life. Michael McDermott's new song "Carry Your Cross" seems to sonically embody my thoughts and dreams. Take a listen to a beautiful and haunting song.

More of Michael's poignant music at:
The Music of Michael McDermott

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Gleeful Rendition of Born to Run at the Emmy's

Jimmy Fallon leads the cast of Glee along With Tina Fey, Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Jorge Garcia (Hurley on Lost), Randy Jackson (American Idol) in a "Gleeful" rendition of Springsteen's "Born to Run" in the opening skit from last night's Emmy's.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

For My Brother: Bruce Springsteen - Spirit in the Night - Live 1973 in Los Angeles

Sometimes music is the balm that soothes our pain. I am remembering my lost nephew Luke one year after his passing and sending musical empathy to my brother Kent Chadwick and his wife Cathy.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Clearing Up the Misconceptions Around the Proposed Islamic Center on Park Place

By Gregg Chadwick

"All men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion."
- President Thomas Jefferson

Let's Define Our Terms About the Proposed Islamic Center on Park Place

I. Is the Proposed Islamic Center at Ground Zero?

No, the new building will not be at the the former site of the World Trade Center and cannot be seen from Ground Zero.

II. What is the Proposed Plan for the Building?

The Park 51 Group has proposed a thirteen story building which will include:

1. Recreation spaces and fitness facilities (swimming pool, gym, basketball court)
2. 500-seat auditorium
3. Restaurant and Culinary School
4. Cultural amenities: Art exhibitions, Musical Performances
5. Education programs
6. Library, reading room and art studios
7. Childcare services
8. A prayer area ( On the thirteenth floor will be an Islamic prayer room which will be run be run separately from Park 51 but open to the New York Community)
9. September 11th memorial and quiet contemplation space (open to all)

Cordoba House will be a center for multifaith dialogue and engagement within Park 51's broader range of programs and activities. Cordoba House will be developing under the leadership of Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf, a program manager for Park 51 in the interim stage.

III. Does the City of New York own the land that the Islamic Center will be constructed on?

No, the City of New York does not own the land. Nor does the Federal Government. This is private property and the owner purchased the vacant building when no one else could see the value. This building has remained empty since September 11th when a wheel from one of the planes came crashing through the structure. Many of the buildings nearby are vacant and the neighborhood is struggling to pull away from possible blight. Businesses that existed before September 11th have failed due to the loss of foot traffic. The Islamic Center will bring people and activity into the area and will benefit the struggling shop owners nearby.

IV. The Proposed Islamic Center is Not a Mosque?

"That it may even be called a mosque is debatable. It is designed as a multi-use complex with a space set aside for prayer -- no minarets, no muezzin calls to prayer blaring onto Park Place."
-Clyde Haberman of the New York Times

Matt Sledge explains, "The 92nd Street Y, on which the Cordoba House is explicitly modeled, has a whole host of Jewish events that take place inside of it, but no one calls it a synagogue."

V. Isn't the Proposed Cordoba Center offensive to the families who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001?

Many Muslims in the World Trade Center towers died during the September 11th attacks. Their relatives mourn and shed tears the same way the families of Jews, Buddhists, Catholics, Protestants, Agnostics, and Atheists do. Some of the first responders were Muslims and perished when the Twin Towers collapsed.

VI. Just how far is the Proposed Islamic Center from Ground Zero?

Map by Matt Sledge in the Huffington Post

"From 45 Park Place, the former Burlington Coat Factory building that will make way for the Cordoba House, it's two blocks, around a corner, to get to the WTC site. Park Place doesn't lie between the construction site and any mass transit stations, so you would need to go out of your way to have it offend you."
-Matt Sledge

Matt Sledge in the Huffington Post explains his video: "If you look up the walking directions you'll notice that it takes a couple of minutes to walk the distance (approximately a tenth of a mile) between the two spots. Pretty much two minutes exactly when I took the trip with a shaky video camera. Here's the clip, first sped up to 4X speed then slowed down to 1X:"

VII. Who is in favor of building the Islamic Center?

Yesterday New York City's former Mayor Ed Koch agreed with President Obama, current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the local community board overseeing the proposed Islamic Center's construction, that New York should "protect the legitimate rights of American Muslims to build" the proposed Islamic Center.

"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."
-President Barack Obama

Ed Koch writes that President Obama's "position will be remembered by later generations of Americans with the same high regard as President George Washington's letter in 1790 to the Jews of Rhode Island who built the Touro Synagogue in that state." Mayor Koch relates how Moses Seixas of the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, wrote to George Washington:

" -- a Government, which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance -- but generously affording to all Liberty of conscience, and immunities of Citizenship: -- deeming every one, of whatever Nation, tongue, or language equal parts of the great governmental Machine:"

President Washington responded with these powerful words:

"... The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent national gifts. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support."

New Amsterdam
Gregg Chadwick
New Amsterdam
20"x16" oil on linen 2010

VIII. Is the area around the proposed Islamic Center zoned for religious centers?

Numerous religious centers and houses of worship exist in Lower Manhattan. St Peter's Church, the oldest Roman Catholic parish in New York City was built in 1840. The church was damaged during the September 11, 2001 attacks. St. Paul's Chapel, at 209 Broadway, an Episcopal church, sits opposite the east side of the World Trade Center site. It is the oldest surviving church building in the city. There already is a Mosque four blocks away from ground zero. It was created long before the Twin Towers were built.

IX. Who is Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf?

"A vast common ground does exist, a point that the leader of the Cordoba Center, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, evokes in his book "What's Right with Islam Is What's Right with America." There is no better way to defeat the morally bankrupt ideology of al-Qaida than to seek that common ground."
-Professor Parvez Ahmed

"Imam Feisal has participated at the Aspen Institute in Muslim-Christian-Jewish working groups looking at ways to promote greater religious tolerance," Walter Isaacson, head of The Aspen Institute told the Huffington Post. "He has consistently denounced radical Islam and terrorism, and promoted a moderate and tolerant Islam. Some of this work was done under the auspices of his own group, the Cordoba Initiative. I liked his book, and I participated in some of the meetings in 2004 or so. This is why I find it a shame that his good work is being undermined by this inflamed dispute. He is the type of leader we should be celebrating in America, not undermining."

Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf actively promotes peace and understanding between religions and defines what President Obama called for in his comments at the White House on Friday evening during a dinner to mark the start of Ramadan:

"A nation where the ability of peoples of different faiths to coexist peacefully and with mutual respect for one another stands in contrast to the religious conflict that persists around the globe."

X. What do New Yorkers think?

"The people who live and work here are not obsessed with 9/11. The blocks around Ground Zero are like every other hard-working neighborhood in New York, where Muslims are just another thread of the city fabric. At this point the only argument against this project is fear, specifically fear of Muslims, and that’s a bigoted, cowardly and completely indefensible position."
-Daryl Lang

Blogger Daryl Lang, a New York City resident, posted this week a provocative collection of photos that depict the current neighborhood around the World Trade Center site. Businesses in the two block radius range from a strip club, to fast food joints, to an off track betting parlor.

Photo by Daryl Lang from his post “Hallowed Ground”: A few photos of stuff the same distance from the World Trade Center as the “Ground Zero Mosque” from his wonderful blog: History Eraser Button.

XI. What do you think about the Proposed Islamic Center?

"If there is going to be a reformist movement in Islam, it is going to emerge from places like the proposed institute. We should be encouraging groups like the one behind this project, not demonizing them. Were this mosque being built in a foreign city, chances are that the U.S. government would be funding it."
-Fareed Zakaria

September 11, 2001 will not be forgotten. But as the rubble is cleared and wounds heal, life continues in Lower Manhattan. Hard working New Yorkers of all faiths and cultures try to find their own small part of the American Dream. Are we going to allow fear mongers to push the Park 51 project out of lower Manhattan? Ed Koch reminds us of an ugly moment in American history and encourages us " not to do again, albeit in different form and to a different group, what we did to Japanese-Americans during World War II when we rounded them up without cause. No Japanese-American was ever charged with treason, notwithstanding that they were placed in internment camps for the balance of the war."
The Park 51 project should be built in Lower Manhattan and all Americans should celebrate our freedoms by supporting all faiths and all cultural groups. Moments such as these define the character of the United States.

"We're all about multiple points of entry, offering programming in the areas of arts and culture, education and recreation. Within that larger vision, Cordoba House will be a center for multifaith dialogue and engagement within Park51's broader range of programs and activities."
-From the Cordoba House website

More at:
Matt Sledge
Read Daryl Lang's complete post and view all of his photos at:
“Hallowed Ground” A few photos of stuff the same distance from the World Trade Center as the “Ground Zero Mosque”:
Park 51's Cordoba House website

Monday, August 16, 2010

Statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell on Today’s Ninth Circuit Ruling in Prop 8 Case

photo by Richard Perry / New York Times
Pictured in this New York Times photo from 2009 is my courageous family member Hannah Johnson tearing up as she applauds a New Jersey Senate committee vote on a bill to legalize gay marriage. The bill passed a committee vote but stalled in the Senate. The struggle continues in New Jersey and in California.

(San Francisco, CA, August 16, 2010) — Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Proposition 8 proponents’ motion to stay U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision, which means that same-sex couples in California will not be able to marry while the case is on appeal. However, the Ninth Circuit put the appeal on a fast track and specifically directed that the Prop 8 proponents address "why the appeal should not be dismissed for lack of Article III standing” in their opening brief.


Statement on the from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell

”Every additional day that couples must wait to marry again in California is painful, but despite the terrible disappointment for the many couples whose right to marry has been delayed yet again, today’s ruling includes another significant victory for our side. The court did the right thing by putting the case on a fast track and specifically ordering that Prop 8 proponents show why they have a legal right to appeal. This ruling brings us one step closer to ending the nightmare of Prop 8, and restoring full equality for all Californians.”

More at:
The National Center for Lesbian Rights

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Translator

In spite of its brevity, Daoud Hari's "The Translator" is an important book. Daoud's words courageously shed light on the horrors taking place in Darfur. On July 14, 2008 the International Criminal Court in the Hague charged Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, with ten counts of war crimes, three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. The ICC Prosecution charges that President al-Bashir "masterminded and implemented a plan to destroy in substantial part" three tribal groups in Darfur because of their ethnicity. As I write this in August 2010, over two years after the publication of "The Translator", President al-Bashir has not been brought to justice and the situation in the Sudan has become increasingly untenable. After a brief cease fire in February 2010, the killings in Darfur continue.

Daoud Hari remains exiled in the United States where his writing and speaking engagements continue to gather international support to end what many call genocide in Darfur. Hari's small volume, which chronicles his harrowing journeys across the war torn landscape, weighs heavily in the international discourse about Darfur. Daoud Hari's "The Translator" is a must read for the politically engaged.