365 Days of Art: July 1 – De Kooning Begins Teaching, Lennon’s 1st Exhibition Opens, and A Crowd Protests Mapplethorpe’s Cancellation

Willem de Kooning, Untitled, 1948

July 1, 1948

Willem de Kooning begins teaching at Black Mountain College, an experimental art college near Asheville, North Carolina. Famous colleagues include Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham.

July 1, 1968

John Lennon’s first art exhibition, with Yoko Ono, entitled You are Here, opens in London.

July 1, 1989

On the night that Robert Mapplethorpe’s exhibition The Perfect Moment should have opened at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, about 700 people gather outside instead to protest its cancellation, due to political threats about the content of some of the photographs. One block from the White House, some of them chant ”Shame, shame, shame” as they watch projections of Mapplethorpe’s photos on the side of the museum. One of the speakers says that the Corcoran “…capitulated to the most narrow and mean-spirited redneck prejudices in canceling a superb and highly professional exhibition.”