As Barack Obama’s presidency comes to an end, artist Jonathan Horowitz, whose work explores the themes of politics, consumerism and pop culture, offers commentary on the past eight years in a exhibition at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, Conn.
“Occupy Greenwich” features a collection of Horowitz’s works, including 19 hours of CNN and Fox News coverage of Election Day 2008 and a series of plexiglas donation boxes for different charities and political organizations, including Planned Parenthood and the National Rifle Association. There’s also a sculptural installation that invites visitors to take any objects they like and leave whatever they want to discard, and an installation of 402 canvases, each showing a black dot painted by a different person. In the front lawn, a solar-panel sculpture powers Horowitz’s film Apocalypto Now, which plays inside and features footage of climate change, terrorism, the history of the Hollywood disaster movie and the Christian apocalypse.
Not to be too tied to the past, the exhibition also features a life-sized bronze statue of Hillary Clinton, styled like a 1970s greeting card with the caption “Hillary Clinton Is a Person Too.”
Horowitz told W magazine: “I’m expecting and certainly hoping that she’ll be the next president, but with Donald Trump morphing on a daily basis, who knows what she’ll be up against.”