Politics, Persuasion, and Propaganda

Written by Zach Kautzman, Graduate Assistant 

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A section of the gallery space featuring AGRC artifacts

 

The Albert Gore Research Center recently participated in a collaborative exhibit with the Todd Art Gallery. The idea of the exhibit was to look at the ways that political parties use artistic influences in order to create political art. Multiple collections from the AGRC were used in order to support this idea. Items from the Jim Free, Bart Gordon, and John Bragg collections were used along with others. Many of the used items were posters, bumper stickers, pins, and other forms of political ephemera. The exhibit also featured an interactive element for guests.

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Newt Gingrich Mash and Paddle from the Bart Gordon Collection

An authentic polling station and ballot box from Palm Beach County, Florida were on display, and ready for individuals to vote for their preferred candidate in the 2000 presidential race. The final tally for the exhibit vote was: Gore (Democrat)-8, Moorhead (Workers World)-1, McReynolds (Socialist)-1, Bush (Republican)-3, Phillips (Constitution)-1.

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Graduate Assistant Kelsey Lamkin voting with a butterfly ballot like those from the 2000 election

The items were selected by AGRC staff members, and the installation was done by myself. I received help from Eric Snyder, Gallery Director, and Rick Rishaw, preparator. The exhibit lasted from September 15-October 6, 2016. Replacing it will be the exhibit “Selections from the Collection of Joe Diaz” which is on display from October 18-November 10, 2016.

 

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