Monument to the Unelected
Nina Katchadourian, Monument to the Unelected, 2009 (partial view), 56 silkscreened signs on Coroplast,
Dimensions variable, Installation view, 2012, Washington, DC
Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco
Dates: September 10 – November 9, 2012
Location: Street level windows of The Washington Post 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC
Participating Artist: Nina Katchadourian
Public Talk with artist Nina Katchadourian, September 10, 2012, 6:30pm
Location: The Washington Post 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC
Monument to the Unelected, a public art project by artist Nina Katchadourian, was exhibited in the street level windows of The Washington Post at 1150 15th St, from September 10 – November 9, 2012, to coincide with the 2012 presidential election. The artist gave a free public talk on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 6:30pm at The Washington Post.
Monument to the Unelected is a series of 56 election signs featuring the names of every person who ever ran for President of the United States, but came in second. Playing humorously with the visual conventions and language of contemporary election signage and political advertising, it presents a view of our collective “road not taken” while challenging our knowledge of American history. By presenting Monument to the Unelected in Washington, DC on the eve of the 2012 presidential election and less than a mile from the White House, Katchadourian, WPA, and The Washington Post brought the work to a new audience at a politically charged and important time in our nation’s history.
Monument to the Unelected was originally commissioned by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for their 10th anniversary exhibition, Seriously Funny, from February 13 through May 24, 2009.
About the Artist
Nina Katchadourian works in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, and the Palais de Tokyo. Recent solo shows include exhibitions at the Turku Art Museum (Finland), The Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego), and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery (Dunedin, New Zealand). In June, 2006, the Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs), presented a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled All Forms of Attraction. She is currently at work on a permanent public piece, commissioned by the GSA, for a border crossing station between the US and Canada. Katchadourian is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.