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YOUR LAND / MY LAND Exhibition at UC Los Angeles


When: September 30, 2012 – November 18, 2012

Where: Hammer Museum, UC Los Angeles

Jonathan Horowitz’s Your Land / My Land: Election ’12 serves as a convening space where visitors can watch and discuss the unfolding presidential election and its aftermath. Presented simultaneously at several museums throughout the country, the installation uses red and blue carpeting to divide the gallery into two distinct spaces. Fox News is broadcast live on a monitor in the red zone, while the monitor on the blue side is tuned to MSNBC, directing our attention to the increasingly rigid two-party system that defines US politics today. As the artist notes, in spite of movements such as the Tea Party and Occupy, the country remains “swathed in red and blue with no purple in between.”

The title of the piece is a reference to Woody Guthrie’s song “This Land Is Your Land” and highlights particular concerns of the 2012 election, such as fiscal policies and economic disparities. The project revisits an installation that Horowitz staged during the last presidential election, November 4, 2008, which featured similar elements: red and blue carpets, but with televisions tuned to Fox News and MSNBC. In both iterations, the artist co-opts media to address the politics of politics and to acknowledge a polarized system that, closed as it may seem, does not necessarily generate predictable outcomes.

The gallery will be open during regular museum hours, including for the presidential and vice presidential debates, and will remain open late on election night, November 6.

Presidential debates
October 3, 16, and 22
6:00 to 7:30pm

Vice presidential debate
October 11
6:00 to 7:30pm

Participating Venues:

Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, MO
September 7–November 11

Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, NC
September 22–November 12

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX
September 29–November 11

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT
October 5–November 24

New Museum, New York
October 10–November 18

Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA
October 12–November 11

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