On November 12, 2008, commuters in several cities around the United States were greeted with the shocking headline “IRAQ WAR ENDS” on the front page of the New York Times…or so it seemed. Published by Jamaica Plain artist Steve Lambert, in collaboration with Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men and an arsenal of writers, advisors, and activists, this special edition of the newspaper, dated July 4, 2009, featured a collection of optimistic stories for the world. The 14-page issue, distributed free of charge, included such headlines as “Maximum Wage Law Passes Congress” and “All Public Universities To Be Free.” This “future” edition intended to demonstrate a more positive form of activism by celebrating a vision of what could be.
A copy of this newspaper is currently on display (not in a glass case, but in PDF format on an iPad so you can read through the full issue) in our Teaching Galleries in the Landmarks of World Art and Architecture installation, mounted in conjunction with a History of Art and Architecture course taught by Professor Suzanne Blier.
Image: Steve Lambert, New York Times Special Edition, July 4, 2009 (detail), November 2008. Digital ﬁle for print edition.