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This October\, the New Museum will present “Your Land/My Lan d: Election ’12\,” (2012) an installation by artist J onathan Horowitz to coincide with the 2012 American presidential e lection season. The exhibition will be staged simultaneously at art museums across the US. 

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“Your Land/My Land: Election ’12” is a reimagined insta llation originally presented by Horowitz during the 2008 presidential elect ion. At each location (as in ’08)\, red and blue area rugs will divide the exhibition space into opposing zones\, reflecting America’s color-coded\, p olitical\, and cultural divide. Back-to-back monitors will be suspended bet ween the carpets\, with one broadcasting a live feed of Fox News\, the othe r of CNN. The installation will provide a location for people to gather and watch coverage of as well as talk about the presidential election. Its cen tral trope is a divided United States swathed in only red and blue.< /p>\n

At t he New Museum\, the installation will occupy the Lobby\, incorporating the front window and its view on to the street. The text “Your Land/My Land” wi ll be adhered to the window\, referencing This Land is Your Land b y Woody Guthrie\, which originally addressed the issue of land ownership. A ccording to Horowitz\, “If race and gender were the defining themes of the ’08 election\, economic policy and economic disparity will likely be the de fining themes of the 2012 election. The placement of the text on the window will extend this metaphor to the land of the museum and the land outside. To some\, museums are decidedly blue—elitist bastions of liberalism—to othe rs\, they are lynchpins of a capitalist art market analogous to other capit alist markets that have been collapsing around us.”

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When “Your Land/My L and” opens\, a portrait of President Obama\, as the current representative of all Americans\, will hang from the ceiling between the two sides and a p ortrait of Mitt Romney will sit on the floor. On election night\, each venu e will host an election returns event\, with the installation becoming a mi nimalist backdrop. If Obama wins\, the position of the two portraits will r emain the same. Should Obama be unseated\, their positions will be switched .

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The installation will be customized for each particular museum and att ention will be drawn to the role that cultural institutions can play in a d emocracy. Over the course of the exhibition\, some participating venues wil l offer voter registration and host presidential debate screenings. A websi te\, accessible at each museum\, will link the different locations and visi tors will be invited to post comments. Visitors may also connect on Twitter using #YLML.

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Participating venues include:

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Contemporary Art Museum\, St Louis\, MO – September 7–November 11
Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh\, NC – September 22–November 12< /span>
Contemporary Arts Museum Houst on\, TX – September 29–November 11
Hammer Museum\, Los Angeles – September 30–November 18
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art\, Salt Lake C ity\, 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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About the Artist
Since the early 1990s\, Horowitz has made art that combines the i magery and ambivalence of Pop Art with the engaged criticality of conceptua lism. Often based on popular commercial sources\, his work examines the dee p-seated links between consumerism and political consciousness\, as well as the political silences of postwar art. Recent solo exhibitions include “Mi nimalist Works from the Holocaust Museum\,” Dundee Contemporary Arts\, Scot land (2010)\, “Apocalypto Now\,” Museum Ludwig\, Cologne (2009)\, and the r etrospective exhibition\, “And/Or\,” P.S.1\, New York (2009).

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Jonathan Horowitz’s “Your Land/My Land: Election ’12” is made possible\ , in part\, by the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibitions Fund.

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