For thirty-two years, artists Muntadas and Reese have been compiling a history of presidential campaign spots, following the evolution of political advertising from its beginnings in 1952 to the present. Political Advertisement is a personal vision of how politics and politicians are presented through the medium of TV.
For the past nine general elections, the artists have premiered the latest version of the piece in a public presentation, followed by a discussion about the impact of campaign advertising. This year author Michelle Goldberg, senior contributing writer to Slate.com, will moderate a discussion on the role of advertising in the 2016 election. Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Nation, The Guardian (UK) and The New Republic.
Occurring the final weekend of this year's campaign, this event will offer a timely and important outlet for discussion. The New York screening takes place at the School of Visual Arts Theatre, located at 333 West 23rd Street, on Friday, November 4th at 7:00pm. This screening is a shared presentation by the School of Visual Arts and EAI.