Arch Conspirators Centennial Celebration

One hundred years ago this month, a group of Greenwich Villagers felt so alienated by the developments in the city, country, and world around them they stole into Washington Square Arch, climbed to the roof, and proclaimed Greenwich Village a free and independent republic. Sound familiar? This history-making event, precipitated by painters John Sloan and Marcel Duchamp, poet Gertrude Drick, and Provincetown Playhouse actors Alan Russell Mann, Betty Turner, and Charles Ellis was considered a dramatic turning point in the Village’s role as the center of American bohemia and avant-garde thought.

To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of this bold act, join us in Judson Memorial Church’s stunning Stanford White-designed sanctuary, the same architect of the Washington Square Arch. Live music will transport you to 1917, as you and your fellow New Yorkers toast to our daring bohemian forebears. At a time when the future of inclusive environments feel a bit jeopardized, gather together for this special night of community and ceremony. The sanctuary space will be transformed into a bohemian carnival, while local Village purveyors provide the sights, sounds and tastes that continue to make the Village one of the most unique and cherished neighborhoods. A concluding lantern ceremony at the Washington Square Arch will help us commune on what the next 100 years of inclusive, diverse Village will look like.

Music by Moist Paula and John Speck of The GPS. Presented in partnership with Atlas Obscura.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
6:00 pm

Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South