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Party Headquarters: Art in the Age of Political Absurdity

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, (at 7th Avenue), 212 647-7778
Chelsea
September 28 - November 10, 2012
Reception: Thursday, September 27, 6 - 8 PM
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Just in time for election season, “Party Headquarters: Art in the Age of Political Absurdity” updates the grand tradition of political satire to shine a light on the American psyche in an era of political polarization. Works in a range of media take on the pressing questions of the day, among them the social consequences of greed, the corrosive effects of money and religion in politics, the contradictory aspirations embodied by the American Dream, and the destructive outcome of unquestioning faith in American exceptionalism. With wit, satire, and passion, the artists in this show urge us to acknowledge both the strengths and the follies of contemporary America and ask if we are living up to our own best beliefs.

Artists: Donna Catanzaro Enrique Chagoya Michael D’Antuono Sally Edelstein Jerry Kearns Ian Laughlin Kara Maria Greta Pratt Duke Riley Peter Saul Federico Solmi Jade Townsend Mark Wagner Martin Wilner

In conjunction with the exhibition, a New York Mobile Voter Registration Center designed by artist Duke Riley (M.F.A. ‘08) will tour the streets of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.

Our fifth annual Pratt Falls political cabaret, produced by Larry Litt, will take place in the gallery on October 16, October 30, and November 6 at 7 PM.

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