After months of waiting and watching the heated presidential campaign unfold, it’s finally Election Day! The New Museum (and six other museums around the country) has teamed up with artist Jonathan Horowitz to house “Your Land/My Land ’12,” an exhibition inspired by his 2008 work of the same name focused on the partisan nature of American elections. While the museum won’t be open to let viewers watch as the results come in tonight, that doesn’t mean they can’t interact with the piece while attending one of the other arty election parties in town.
Horowitz has set up an online forum where visitors can post messages on the site’s live feed in support or opposition of the candidate of their choosing, playing off of the dueling nature of Horowitz’s blue- and red-colored installation in the museum lobby.
Regarding a once-planned election night event, a museum spokesman clarified:
When the project was initiated we had hoped to host an election night event, but soon decided it was not possible. Visitors are encouraged to view the exhibition tomorrow, when the portrait of the current president may or may not be changed.
So after all the returns are in, be sure to check the candidate portrait hanging at the center of the show to see if President Barack Obama has retained his seat. In the meantime, happy voting!
– Alanna Martinez