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Utah Museum of Contemporary Art — Your Land/My Land: Election '12

Published September 25, 2012 12:12 pm

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The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art will present Jonathan Horowitz's Your Land/My Land: Election '12, a special exhibition coinciding with the prresidential election. Your Land/My Land: Election '12 is a reimagined installation originally presented by Horowitz during the 2008 presidential election.

According to a press release:

At each location (as in '08), red and blue area rugs will divide the exhibition space into opposing zones, reflecting America's color-coded, political, and cultural divide. Back-to-back monitors will be suspended between the carpets, with one broadcasting a live feed of Fox News, the other of MSNBC. The lyrics of "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie, which originally addressed the issue of land ownership, will be applied to the wall. The space created by Horowitz will provide a location for people to gather and watch coverage of as well as talk about the presidential election. The installation's central trope is a divided United States swathed in only red and blue. When Your Land/My Land opens, a portrait of President Obama, as the current representative of all Americans, will hang from the ceiling between the two sides and a portrait of Mitt Romney will sit on the floor ... If Obama wins, the position of the two portraits will remain the same. Should Obama be unseated, their positions will be switched. UMOCA will extend its hours for viewers to experience the vice presidential debate and election night in the museum (Oct. 11, 7-9 p.m. and Nov. 6, 7 p.m.-TBD). The museum is cocated at 20 S. West Temple and is open Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday.

Admission is free.