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Governor Cuomo Resigns: Street Art May Have Seen it Coming

Governor Cuomo Resigns: Street Art May Have Seen it Coming

Art on the street may have foretold this old tale; men using power and pride to let their hands and words wander.

De Grupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We aren’t gloating with this news, simply adding it to the very contemporary list we all have; full of gruesome details of aggressors and victims from the last few years, from Dr. Larry Nasar abusing gymnasts to Jeffrey Epstein luring underage girls to his private island for his pleasure and the pleasure of his famous guests to the movie producer Harvey Weinstein insisting on sexual favors in exchange for movie roles, to Scott Rudin verbally abusing his assistants, to Roger Ailes demanding to sleep with newsreaders, to a certain former president boasting about grabbing “pussy” and getting away with it.

Now it’s Governor Cuomo of New York State who resigns; damaging to his father’s name no doubt, and to his three daughters as well, tainting the legacy of his own accomplishments.

SacSix (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Faced with the mounting possibility of getting impeached by the State Legislature today he opted to give us a lecture about the government’s role on behalf of its citizens, then resigned matter of factly.

He didn’t mention what men in power are not supposed to do; harass and intimidate and fondle, as he is accused of. Instead, he mentioned cultural boundaries and norms that are all too new for him to be hip to. And no one buys it. In a stilted and uncomfortable manner, he appeared to blame everyone and everything else in the universe, this fearless leader.

De Grupo (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

The system shouldn’t protect predatory behavior, and from accounts of people in his circle, there were many in positions of power who didn’t speak up for years. If that is true, then that is part of our problem that we collectively need to improve and in doing so the victims who bravely come forward will hopefully be protected and supported as well. We’ll leave it to the professionals to dissect his character but we wonder how often men lose their moral compass in part because of the people they surround themselves with.

When we were kids some peoples’ mothers warned, “Tell me the company you keep and I’ll tell you who you are”.

Unknown artist (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

If the multiple and varied accusations are true, Cuomo has no excuse for his behavior, and resigning was the only option – at least to preserve the dignity of the office we granted him.

Unknown artist (photo ©Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.18.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.18.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Ramadan Kareem to Muslim brothers and sisters in New York and around the world. May you have an easy fast.

We’re bowled over by the beauty in the streets and parks and rooftops right now, with performances and painting and the blossoming of flowers underfoot and on branches overhead. Fires are alit in hearts everywhere.

“All the roofs are wet
and underneath smoke
that piles softly in
streets, tongues are
on top of each other
mulling over the night.”

from Gamin ~ Frank O’Hara

Yes, there is a sort of battered nervousness in conversations on the streets and as we go about our quotidian duties; a discerned increase in agitation due to economic instability, surges of new Covid strains in our hospitals, and ongoing examples of police brutality toward black and brown people is met with resistance and sometimes violence as well.

Still, consider the robin. In your heart, may hope spring eternal. Also, we learn today that summer may be returning at least one exceedingly creative and participatory public art event as the Gothamist reports that “Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade May Return In The Flesh This Summer.”

And yo! Don’t sleep on the street artists who are putting up new work right now. They are addressing our ills, regaling us with visual puns, poking at our foibles, recontextualizing and performing feats of wonder under cover of night, or while heads are turned in broad daylight. Entertaining, bragging, dreaming… onward they go.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: Absconded Project, Atakbf, Bastard Bot, City Kitty, Clown Soldier, Degrupo, George Collagi, Lexi Bella, Manik, Marka27, Matt Siren, Peachee Blue, Royce Bannon, Sonni, Teens for Press Freedom, Vexta, and Zaver.

We welcome SONNI back to the streets of NYC. In collaboration with East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Teens For Press Freedom (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zaver (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Absconded Project (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Manik (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Clown Soldier. Bus shelter takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lexi Bella welcomes the new rules for grass in NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren and Royce Bannon collaboration. #stopasianhate (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren and Royce Bannon collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
We also welcome VEXTA back to NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Bro do you even fish?” Not a direct quote from Jesus, as far as we know. George Collagi (photo © Jaime Rojo)
LEX (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cuomo keeps workin’ it, per Degrupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bowie does a hair flip while Bastard Bot gives him a mask (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peachee Blue (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#atakbf (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Marka27 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. Spring 2021 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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