Image: Jonathan Horowitz, Your Land/My Land, 2008. 2 carpets: 1 red, 1 blue. 2 plasma screens, 1 live feed CNN and 1 live feed Fox news. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Jonathan Horowitz

Your Land/My Land: Election '12
September 22 - November 12, 2012

Your Land/My Land: Election '12, a new installation by Jonathan Horowitz, has opened in CAM Raleigh’s Street Gallery and will remain on view until after the 2012 Presidential election. The exhibition is running concurrently at other institutions in the United States, including the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis; the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston; the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City; Telfair Museums in Savannah, Ga.; and the New Museum in Lower Manhattan. Read about the concurrent exhibitions in the NY Times ArtsBeat

Reconfiguring an exhibition staged by Horowitz during the 2008 presidential election, Your Land/My Land divides the gallery space into red and blue zones, reflecting America’s color-coded, political and cultural divide. Suspended in the middle of the installation are back to back televisions, one broadcasting a live feed of Fox News, the other, of MSNBC. The exhibition has transformed CAM Raleigh's Street Gallery into a space for collective reflection and debate on both our political system and the position that cultural institutions occupy within it. CAM Raleigh is offering voter registration and hosting presidential debate screenings, in an attempt to encourage engagement in the political process and dialogue among community members.

The installation is customized for each participating museum and attention is drawn to the role that cultural institutions can play in a democracy. Over the course of the exhibition, other participating venues will also offer voter registration and host presidential debate screenings. A website, accessible at each museum, links the different locations and visitors are invited to post comments. Visitors may also connect on Twitter using #YLML.

About Jonathan Horowitz
Jonathan Horowitz was born in 1966 and lives and works in New York City. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland (2010); PS1 MoMA, New York; and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2009); and the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford (2003); and in group exhibitions such as Day of the Locust at White Flag Projects, St. Louis (2011); Secret Societies at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2011); Sudden White at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2008); and Lines, Grids, Stains, Words at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007).

This exhibition is organized by CAM Raleigh in cooperation with the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis; the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston; the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City; Telfair Museums in Savannah, Ga.; and the New Museum in Lower Manhattan. Your Land/My Land is curated by Elysia Borowy-Reeder, executive director and coordinated by Kate Shafer, gallery and exhibitions manager at CAM Raleigh and Drew Robertson, lead preparator at CAM Raleigh.

Your Land/My Land: Election '12 is generously sponsored by Ashley Christensen Restaurant Poole's Diner with additional support from Aaron's.  CAM Raleigh is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission. 

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Press Coverage

Indy Week - November 7
What Election 2012 means for women
View Indy Week pdf

The New York Times - November 1
American Museums Tend to Tiptoe Around Politics
View NY Times pdf

Financial Times - October 19
Cause célèbre on Capitol Hill

WUNC North Carolina Public Radio, The State of Things - October 18
Your Land/My Land

Associated Press - October 5
Many watch debate; some are pleased, few are moved
Photos from debate screenings

Making Art Out of November's Election

Opening Preview Celebrations and Exhibition Related Public Programs

Jonathan Horowitz and GirlTalk Leadership Circle Preview Reception
Friday, September 21, 2012
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Join CAM Raleigh's Leadership Circle to attend this special exhibition preview.

Jonathan Horowitz and GirlTalk Member Preview Reception
Friday, September 21, 2012
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Become a CAM Raleigh member to attend this special exhibition preview.

Jonathan Horowitz and GirlTalk Teacher Lounge
Friday, September 20, 2012
4:00–5:30 p.m.
Triangle area K-12 educators are invited to a special preview of GirlTalk and Jonathan Horowitz’s exhibition. Teachers can RSVP by emailing nicole_welch@camraleigh.ncsu.edu.

Jonathan Horowitz—Your Land/My Land: Election '12 and GirlTalk Curator Tour
Saturday, September 29, 2012
2:00 p.m.
Join CAM Raleigh executive director Elysia Borowy-Reeder and exhibitions manager Kate Shafer for an informal tour of the GirlTalk and Jonathan Horowitz exhibitions. This tour is free with museum admission.

Voter Registration at CAM Raleigh
Visit Your Land/My Land: Election '12 and register to vote between September 21–October 10, 2012. Please contact kl.smith@camraleigh.org for further information.

Election Party at CAM Raleigh
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
5:00–late night
Watch election coverage at CAM Raleigh and take part in a discussion about today’s political system. More information to come.

Election Debate Screenings

First Presidential debate
October 3, 9–10:30 p.m. EST
University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

Second Presidential debate
October 16, 9–10:30 p.m. EST
Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

Third Presidential debate
October 22, 9–10:30 p.m. EST
Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida

Participating venues for Jonathan Horowitz—Your Land/My Land: Election '12 include:

Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, MO
September 7–November 11

Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, NC
September 22–November 12

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX
September 29–November 11

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
September 30–November 18

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT
October 5–November 24

New Museum, New York, NY
October 10–November 18

Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA
October 12–November 11

Download the Your Land/My Land Press Release