The presidential election is quickly approaching, and even the art world has something to bring to the debate. Jonathan Horowitz’s Your Land/My Land: Election ‘12 at the New Museum (and other museums across the country) makes a statement about the polarizing content of the media and America’s two-party system by deliberately dividing the parties between separate sides of the gallery.
A reference to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” Horowitz brings the classic protest song about land ownership to bear on contemporary political and economic debates, as well as the complicated role of museums as “elitist” institutions. The installation includes live television feeds from the news media and portraits of the two presidential candidates. Horowitz hopes that the exhibition will provoke stimulating conversation about today’s political issues and perhaps force us to reflect on the divisions within our nation.
WHERE TO SEE
Your Land/My Land: Election ’12 is open through November 18 at The New Museum.