Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago – Kathryn Andrews: Run for President!

On a snowy Chicago day in April (!) I was fortunate to stumble into a timely exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), “Run for President“, by Kathryn Andrews.

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Being from Southern California, the snow flurries still hold an amazing charm!

Snowy Spring Day in Chicago, 4.2.16

Snowy Spring Day in Chicago, 4.2.16

Once I could tear myself away from the windows, the huge wall announcing Kathryn Andrews’ special exhibit at MCA loomed large and peaked my curiosity.

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Once you look at the photos here, let me know if it makes sense to you as it does to me that the artist is from Los Angeles, beloved home of Hollywood & Disneyland!

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

BAM!! Wait – what is going on here? Is that Bozo? Is that a secret service officer? With a big, red clown nose on? A huge black & white image with metal Bozo sculptures in front of it makes an instant and easily graspable point, considering the exhibit’s name!

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

I pity the fool! Check out Mrs. Reagan!  And what’s all that color behind the giant black and white images?

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Captain Crunch? So, someone who looks “official” (the hat!!), tastes sweet, but ultimately is full of calorie-laden air? A politician???  He looks worried here….

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

How about these…blasting off from the White House…

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Full of symbolism, mixing commercialism and politics…the colors are beautiful but the kings throne is made of skulls….

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

“The bird to bet on….”

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Next comes a sort of “wall of (sh/f)ame)”:

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Such a circus atmosphere in this Presidential election -makes me sad too..

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

The details are found upon closer look…

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

A huge curved image of the Oval Office, the ultimate goal of a Presidential Election! But look out when you look into the metal cylinder! You may want to duck!

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

And finally, as Journey sang, “The Party’s Over“…

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

Kathryn Andrews, Run for President Exhibition, MCA, Chicago

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