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We Have a Dream

ID Number: 16160
Maker: Earl Newman
Technique: silkscreen
Date Made: circa 1990
Place Made: United States: Oregon
Measurements: 58.5 cm x 44.5 cm; 23 1/16 in x 17 1/2 in
Main Subject: China (Asia)
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
[Chinese text] 6.4 We Have A Dream [Chinese text] EN


Acquisition Number: 1999-093

Notes:
The Tiananmen Square protests were a series of demonstrations in and near Tiananmen Square in Beijing in the People's Republic of China (PRC) beginning on 15 April 1989. Led mainly by students and intellectuals, the movement was generally against the government's authoritarianism, and voiced calls for economic change and democratic reform. The Goddess of Democracy was a 33 ft. statue created during these protests by students of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in only four days. They used foam and papier-mâché over a metal armature. Although inspired by and resembling the Statue of Liberty, to have more closely modeled their statue on the U.S. icon would have been seen as "too openly pro-American." The Tiananmen Square movement used mainly non-violent methods, but in early June 1989 government troops and tanks fired into the square, killing between 400 and 3,000 civilians. The Goddess of Democracy was destroyed.


Copyright Status:
Under copyright; used by CSPG for educational and research purposes only. Distribution or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.


Exhibition Annotation:
The Tiananmen Square protests were a series of demonstrations beginning April 15, 1989 in and near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, People's Republic of China (PRC). Led mainly by students and intellectuals, the movement was generally against the government's authoritarianism, and voiced calls for economic change and democratic reform. This poster combines a reference to Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech with a sketch of the Goddess of Democracy, a 33 ft. statue created during the demonstrations. Using foam and papier-mâché over a metal armature, students of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing built it in only four days. Although inspired by and resembling the Statue of Liberty, to have more closely modeled their statue on the U.S. icon would have been seen as "too openly pro-American." The Tiananmen Square movement used mainly non-violent methods, but in early June 1989, PRC government troops and tanks fired into the square, killing between 400 and 3,000 civilians. The Goddess of Democracy was destroyed.



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