Judith Bernstein will present a new body of work, specifically commissioned by The Drawing Center, for her exhibition Cabinet of Horrors in the Main Gallery. Focusing on work made since Donald J. Trump was elected president in November 2016, the exhibition will include approximately fifteen new drawings, four large-scale paper panel murals, a series of drawn “executive orders” and “dollar bills” in vitrines, and a free political campaign pin designed by Bernstein. A selection of five Word Drawings including: Liberty, Justice, Equality, Evil, and Fear, made in 1995, will also be shown.
Bernstein began engaging with social issues in her work during the 1960s, creating anti-Vietnam drawings, monumental phalluses, and artworks consisting entirely of her own signature. The present series of drawings use Trump’s own insult-driven, childlike syntax and language to distill Bernstein’s anger, disgust, and disapproval of the current administration and its policies. Through her new series of drawings, Bernstein transforms her critique into powerful graphic and text-based works.
The exhibition is organized by Brett Littman, Executive Director.
Image: Judith Bernstein, Trump Genie, 2016. Acrylic on paper, 29 x 41 inches. Courtesy of the artist.