American artist Jonathan Horowitz explores divisions surrounding this year’s US presidential election in his latest exhibition Your Land/My Land: Election ’12 – just one example of politically influenced art that will surface in the coming months.
As an update from his November 4 2008 exhibition coinciding with the last election, this edition will open in several cities across the US in September and October 2012, including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Houston and New York City. The exhibition will run through the November elections.
Horowitz’s installations are a physical representation of the political divide that runs throughout the US. Your Land/My Land also puts the position of art galleries up for debate. “To some, museums are decidedly blue – elitist bastions of liberalism,” Horowitz told New York’s New Museum. “To others, they are lynchpins of a capitalist art market analogous to other capitalist markets that have been collapsing around us.”
Each exhibition space will be divided into two zones, one red and one blue, representing the nation’s two main political parties: Democrat and Republican. Two TV screens playing live news feeds from Fox News and CNN stations encourage visitors to gather in the space and engage in political discussions and debates.
Each venue will host an election night event in November. Some participating galleries will also screen the pre-election debates and offer voter registration.