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THE EVENT OF THE SCREW – July 12, 1962
As a counter-culture activist, Aldo Tambellini wrote, edited and published a newsletter called “The Screw” with its slogan “Artists in an Anonymous Generation Arise.” Written mostly in poetry form, it was first published it in 1961 and consisted of a mimeographed legal sized yellow sheet of paper sometimes folded in half. Each issue, of which there were six, had a different variation of an image of a hardware screw and was sold around the neighborhood for 10 cents. The newsletter was created to raise the social consciousness of the artists. Aldo Tambellini voiced his objection to the manipulation he saw in the art establishment which used the artists as a commodity and financial investments rather than cultural entities.
The “Event of the Screw,” a protest in the form of a performance, took place on July 12, 1962, in front of the Museum of Modern Art. Aldo dressed in a black suit and tie with a gold screw tie-clip, read the “Manifesto of the Screw.” The Belltones, a Puerto Rican Trio from the LES neighborhood, also dressed in suits and ties, accompanied Aldo by singing a cappella the “Song of the Screw.” Elsa Tambellini danced in leotards inside a five-foot Papier-Mache screw. Mira Fine symbolically presented one museum official “The Golden Screw Award” which was a hardware screw dipped in gold paint and placed on a black cushion. Similar awards were given that day to the Whitney and Guggenheim Museums. A large photograph of the “Event” was published on the front page of the “EL Diario,” the New York Daily Spanish Newspaper.

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A large photograph of the “Event” was published on the front page of “EL Diario”

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The Belltones, Aldo, and Elsa Tambellini

 

BLACK MASS FOR LINCOLN CENTER – September 12, 1966
The Gate Theatre, Elsa and Aldo Tambellini’s venue for underground film, was opened in protest to the Fourth American Film Festival held at Lincoln Center. The BLACK MASS was held to protest the festival’s indifference to the independent film-makers of America. The “Black Mass” demonstration was organized by Aldo Tambellini with artists from Group Center, the Living Theatre and movie-makers such as Jack Smith and Jose’ Rodriguez-Soltero whose films were banned from being shown at the Lincoln Center Festival. The group was called “CONTINUUM.” The protest in the form of a performance continued with the beliefs

A CONTINUUM:
THE ACT OF LIVING AND THE ACT OF CREATION ARE INSEPARABLE ORGANIZED RELIGION IS DEAD AND CREATION IS THE SPIRITUAL RITUAL OF OUR ERA

So we are invading the streets.
We are invading the parks.
We are invading the buildings and corners of our city.
WE WANT OUR CITY TO BE THE TEMPLE OF CREATION
Out in the open we will present the new media.
We believe in the law of CONTINUUM.

“At 7:30 pm the Fountain of Lincoln Center will be transformed into a sanctuary for the rite of immolation. The Devil of Commercialism will be exorcized.” A.T

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