We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz
THE JEWISH MUSEUM, NYC
This exhibition, organized by artist Jonathan Horowitz, explores artists’ responses to social injustice from the early 20th century to now, featuring works by Horowitz as well as Huma Bhabha, Robert Colescott, Adrian Piper, Ben Shahn, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Max Weber, and others.
Artist Jonathan Horowitz (b. 1966) is known for combining the imagery and ambivalence of Pop Art with the engaged criticality of conceptualism. Throughout his three-decade practice, his work in video, sculpture, painting, and photography has examined the deep-seated links between consumer culture and political consciousness.
We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz looks at how artists have historically responded to the rise of both xenophobia — including anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry — and authoritarianism. The exhibition also addresses issues surrounding immigration, assimilation, and cultural identity.
Featuring approximately 80 works of painting, sculpture, photography, and video, the exhibition will include examples of American social realism from the 1930s and 1940s, new works by Jonathan Horowitz, as well as 36 newly commissioned political posters by contemporary artists, including Judith Bernstein, Marcel Dzama, Rico Gatson, Kim Gordon and Jason Smith, Cheyenne Julien, Christine Sun Kim, Guadalupe Maravilla, and Marilyn Minter.
The exhibition’s title, We Fight to Build a Free World, is adapted from a painting by Ben Shahn, which will be on view. Also included are works by Asco, Huma Bhabha, Enrique Chagoya, Robert Colescott, Philip Evergood, Luis Jiménez, Rebecca Lepkoff, Glenn Ligon, Abraham Manievich, Bernard Perlin, Adrian Piper, Fritz Scholder, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Henry Sugimoto, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Max Weber, and Charles White, among others.
Horowitz’s installation places disparate works in dialogue, making connections across time and place. Pointed juxtapositions of artworks and exhibition graphics raise questions and foster dialogue.