10 Political Things to Do in L.A. Before (and After) the Election
|Your Land / My Land: Election '12|
3. Jonathan Horowitz: Your Land / My Land: Election '12
Jonathan Horowitz's interactive art project takes place simultaneously in various museums across the country, and the Hammer Museum is one of them. The multimedia exhibit features a monitor in a red area broadcasting Fox, while another monitor in a blue area broadcasts MSNBC, both calling attention to the two-party system, as well as the inherent subjectivity of all news sources in general. The exhibit is open late on election night, so even if you don't have a TV, you can see the evening's events play out live and call it "art." 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Tue. - Fri ., 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sat. - Sun., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $10. Free and open late on election night, Nov. 6. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu.
Earl Newman World Peace (1970) Venice, California
2. Center for the Studies of Political Graphics, "Decades of Dissent"
The Center for the Studies of Political Graphics has sourced more than 75,000 political posters and counting. CSPG brings its vast collection to the public both online and in-person via traveling exhibitions, including "Decades of Dissent" at the Skirball Cultural Center. That's where Angelenos can see a wide array of political posters from the 1960s and '70s, including images for the first Gay-In and the first Earth Day, as well as iconic imagery for campaigns such as "Black is Beautiful" and "Make Love Not War." (323) 653-4662, PoliticalGraphics.org.
Skirball Cultural Center
1. Democracy Matters
Technically, the Skirball's "Democracy Matters" features four exhibits in one campus-wide initiative, but we didn't think it was fair for the museum to take four out of ten spots in this little roundup, even though it deserves to. Along with the aforementioned "Decades of Dissent," there's "Creating the United States," which features items from the Library of Congress on issues of slavery, womenʼs rights, Japanese internment and more. Meanwhile, an installation in the Skirball's permanent gallery has pieces on loan from the Lincoln Presidential Museum, including an original copy of his second inaugural address. Finally, "Free to Be U.S." invites the public to push some buttons (literally) as they temporarily take on the role of Supreme Court Justice, along with issues ranging from censorship to gun rights. With so many different ways of seeing how politics consciously and unconsciously shape our lives, the Skirball wins our number-one vote for a political show by a landslide. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.; Tues. - Fri., 12-5 p.m. and Sat. - Sun., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., through February 17, 2013; $10. (310) 440-4500, Skirball.org.
1822 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA