44. Your Land/My Land: Election '12 by Jonathan Horowitz, 2012

Randy Kennedy's August 2012 article for the New York Times sums up the work in its title: "Making Art Out of November's Election." Beginning in September, New York artist Jonathan Horowitz's expansive work, Your Land/My Land: Election '12 was assembled at contemporary art museums across the United States including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, TX, the New Museum in Manhattan, as well as a handful of other institutions. Each museum housed a space designed by Horowitz; the sparsely decorated spaces were halved by red and blue area rugs, and only gave off a hint of the patriotism that election-time celebration decor is usually associated with. The divided spaces, reflecting America's color-coded political and cultural divide, are equipped with back-to-back television monitors that hover at the thresholds of red and blue. One monitor airs a live feed of Fox News, while the other broadcasts CNN, and portraits of the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are mounted safely within their chromatically/politically designated area. Some institutions like the Hammer Museum opened their doors to the public for events such as the presidential and vice-presidential debates as well as election night itself.

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