Saturday, January 22, 2011

Artists taking up Benjamin's challenge

Continuing forward from the discussion of "The Author as Producer" in the last Art 641 meeting, I wanted to flesh out the picture of Hans Haacke's work, specifically the works he did in the early 70s calling out the political and economic networks supporting major arts institutions. First up is 1970's MOMA Poll, featured in a Museum of Modern Art exhibition of systems-based work titled Information.

If you can't read the text pictured, it says:


Would the fact that Governor Rockefeller has not denounced President Nixon's Indochina policy be a reason for you not to vote for him in November ?


If 'yes'
please cast your ballot into the left box
if 'no'
into the right box.

The context is that Nelson Rockefeller was both a member of the Board of Trustees of the museum and considering a presidential run at the time.

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