Political Circus: A - 3 Ring Reflection on the 2008 Election Campaigns

Curated by Jane Caputi
Ritter Art Gallery | September 5 - November 1, 2008

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Artists in the Exhibition: (Ring II) Pip Brant, Sonya Clark, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Kate Kretz, J. Tomas Lopez, Cat Mazza, Michi; (Ring III) Laylah Ali, Patty Chang, Maureen Cummins, Marcel Dzama, Jenny Holzer, Joan Iversen Goswell, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Paul McCarthy, Rick Valicenti and Kara Walker.

Political Circus was comprised of three components (or rings) assembled together to present contemporary popular culture, art influenced by the current presidential election, and art reflecting politically motivated works of the past few decades

RING I: Hating Hillary, Baiting Barack, and Mocking McCain presented a wide array of promotional and anti-promotional political materials selected to demonstrate racist, sexist, and misogynistic tendencies running rampant in the 2008 presidential election. This section is selected and thematically by FAU Women's Studies Professor, Jane Caputi whose commentary accompany's the objects.

RING II: Artists Weigh In presented the work of several contemporary American artists mostly from the southeast responding to an open call to artists to propose a work or installation influenced by the 2008 Presidential campaigns.

RING III: Reflections and Refractions was a selection of existing works that both generally and specifically reflect on American politics, political figures and events. This group of works is selected from area private collections by internationally recognized as well as lesser known artists.



Political Circus Brochure












Political Circus: A 3–Ring Reflection on the 2008 Election Campaign

Ritter Art Gallery: September 5 – November 1, 2008

Curator: Jane Caputi

Size: 6.5 x 15.25" Brochure





Images  (clockwise from top left): Installation view of Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung's 'Election Erection' (Mordes Collection); Jane Caputi lecturing at opening synposium; Installation view of Ring #2 and #3; Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung speaking during opening.