Politics as Symbol/Symbol as Politics
July 17 - January 27, 2013 | 20/21 Gallery Conversation Wall
Politics is simultaneously about substance and symbol. If art is in part spectacle, there is no political spectacle to match an American presidential election. Each such contest produces thousands of images and scenes, almost every one planned and executed like a work of art, be it a poster, portrait, or performance. This exhibit includes works ranging from buttons to historic photographs to highly politicized prints to abstract art. They are mostly not about presidents or presidential elections; rather, they explore the relationship between politics and image, emphasizing more the symbol than the substance. But perhaps that captures one essence of politics in general, and U.S. politics in particular.
This exhibition is curated by Burdett Loomis, professor of political science at the University of Kansas, and has been organized with the Andrew W. Mellon Department of Academic Programs at the Spencer Museum of Art.
- Activities: SMA Art Cart: Vote for Me!
Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 405
Sundays: 12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 405
The Spencer Art Cart is a fun, fresh, and free drop-in art program available during gallery hours every Saturday and Sunday. Designed for children and families but open to everyone, the Art Cart changes monthly, each time highlighting a different gallery and featuring a new, self-guided art activity. You’ll learn about selected works from the SMA collection, and then create your own art based on that experience. Spend as little or as much time on your project as you like. Saturdays: 10 AM – 4 PM & Sundays: 12– 4 PM For October: Vote for Me! Learn about political symbols in art and create campaign buttons.
October 18, 2012
Political Power Of Imagery
What images best convey the meaning of politics in America? An exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence explores this idea through photography, prints, paintings, archival political ads, and a poodle skirt.
September 17, 2012
Art, Politics and the American Narrative: A Q&A With Burdett Loomis
As the curator of the exhibit currently showing at the Spencer called Politics as Symbol/Symbol as Politics, KU political science professor Burdett Loomis has gathered up a treasure trove of images that explore meaning of politics in America.
June 21, 2012
Politics & Art
As Americans, politics are a part of the daily landscape, especially as the presidential election nears. To taken on a different view, a political science professor and art historian have decided to present an exhibit that looks at the art and imagery...