Take a Politician for a Walk

take a politician for a walk

I worked on the piece Take A Politician for A Walk, with the goal of explaining my views on cultural capital to an elected politician. I held a party for city councilwoman Jean Carlberg in an art gallery in downtown Ann Arbor. I served food, and citizens were invited into the art gallery to eat and to talk to their elected official. Before the party, I took Ms. Carlsberg on a guided walking tour of the graffiti in the alleyway behind the gallery.

The piece was a riff on Joseph Beuys’ 1965 work, How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare. Originally the piece was called, How to Explain Cultural Capital to a Bean Counter. It turned out that Ann Arbor city councilwoman Jean Carlsberg was very receptive to my idea that street art was a good barometer of the cultural capital of a city, so I changed the title to the less mocking, Take A Politician for a Walk.

We spent a lot of time looking at collages that were wheat-pasted up by the street artist GARY and compared them to the work of Robert Rauschenberg. A fellow street-art-critic Vinh added that he was very impressed by GARY’s foray into typography. It seems that type is becoming increasingly important in this work.

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