London’s Tate Modern still doesn’t get it: The Armenian Genocide was central to Arshile Gorky’s life and work

May 12, 2010

London’s Tate Modern denies denying Genocide, but sticks to qualifications
The Armenian Reporter | May 12, 2010

For more background about this issue, refer to this related blog post:

Shame On London’s Tate Gallery for Enabling Turkey’s Armenian Genocide Denial Campaign (April 23, 2010)

(Also search ‘Gorky’ in the search box located in the right column for more about the great Armenian artist.)

Shame on London’s Tate Gallery for enabling Turkey’s Armenian Genocide Denial Campaign

April 23, 2010

On the eve of the 95th Anniversary of the events of April 24, 1915, Armenians around the world are preparing to attend church services, commemorations and rallies around the world. Today we awaken to cries of “We are all Armenian” sympathies that lift our hearts. Unfortunately, while we sleep, Turkey continues its insidious campaign of Armenian Genocide denial. This hateful last phase of genocide has lasted (successfully) for 95 years. As the granddaughter and great granddaughter of Armenian Genocide victims, I beseech you to recognize and stand up to all forms of genocide and genocide denial.

Professor Gregory Stanton, the Immediate Past President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars recently wrote a letter to London’s Tate Gallery concerning the museum’s shocking complicity in Turkey’s Armenian Genocide denial campaign. Stanton is Professor of Genocide Studies and Prevention, George Mason University, and Founding President, Genocide Watch.

Read the Article:

Former International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) President Writes Letter to Tate Gallery on Genocide Denial
The Armenian Weekly | April 22,2010

Tate Gallery Arshile Gorky Exhibition link

Take Action:

  1. Thank Professor Stanton for his vigilance and speaking out about Armenian Genocide denial. Email Stanton at:
  2. Write to the Tate Gallery to share your opinion about the handling of the current Arshile Gorky exhibit and the musuem’s submission to the Turkish Government’s Armenian Genocide denial demands:

Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, The Tate Gallery
Mr. Matthew Gale, Curator, The Tate Gallery

My Sunday school teacher, Dr. Zaven Daderian, was right. We must remain vigilant in our fight for the truth about our history. Please continue to educate yourself and the world about the Armenian Genocide.

Learn how Vartoosh and Arshile Gorky escaped the Armenian Genocide

February 25, 2010
Arshile Gorky and his mother, Lady Shushanik

Arshile Gorky and his mother, Lady Shushanik (from

Arshile Gorky's, The Artist and his Mother (from

Arshile Gorky’s given name was Vosdanik Adoian. He and his family were originally from Van, in historic Armenia. They fled their beloved homeland during the Armenian Genocide, living briefly in Yerevan (where Gorky’s mother tragically died from starvation in his arms).

During one of my research visits to Ellis Island, historian Barry Moreno recommended that I read, The Many Worlds of Arshile Gorky,  a biography written by the world-renowned artist’s nephew, Karlen Mooradian. The book is in the Ellis Island Bob Hope Memorial Library collection. It  includes an interview with Vartoosh Adoian Mooradian, Gorky’s sister and the author’s mother, as well as interviews with several of Gorky’s contemporaries.

The book describes historic Van, which influenced and inspired Gorky’s work, and it depicts the Yerevan of nearly a century ago. In The Many Worlds of Arshile Gorky, Vartoosh details the family’s odyssey from the shores of Lake Van (including their deportation march) to the shores beyond Ellis Island (living in New England and Manhattan). Vartoosh’s interview provides insights into Armenian immigrant life and struggles during, and beyond, the Great Depression.

Did you know Gorky was fired from Hood Rubber Company in Watertown, Massachusetts, for drawing on the frames that held sneaker tops? The Hood Rubber Company employed many Armenian immigrants who fled Turkey and came to America.


I came across an article in the Armenian Reporter online, mentioning an upcoming Armenian Genocide Commemoration Essay Contest. For more information, follow this link to the article:

Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

November 9, 2009

Renowned artist and Armenian Genocide survivor, Arshile Gorky exhibit
Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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