"Cabinet of Horrors"
New York, 35 Wooster Street
Judith Bernstein will present a new body of work, specifically commissioned by The Drawing Center, for her exhibition Cabinet of Horrors in the Main Gallery. Focusing on work made since Donald J. Trump was elected president in November 2016, the exhibition will include approximately eighteen new drawings, four large-scale paper panel murals, a series of drawn “dollar bills” and vintage piggy banks in vitrines, and a free political campaign pin designed by Bernstein.
As well, the exhibition will feature one of Bernstein’s earliest political drawings from 1969 and a selection of five “Word Drawings” from 1995, including: Liberty, Justice, Equality, Evil, and Fear. Bernstein began engaging with social issues in her work during the 1960s, creating anti-Vietnam drawings, monumental phalluses, and pieces consisting entirely of her own signature. The present series of drawings use Trump’s own insult-driven, childlike syntax and language to distill Bernstein’s anger, disgust, and disapproval of the current administration and its policies.
Through her new series of drawings, Bernstein transforms her critique into powerful graphic and text-based works.
On view through February 4, 2018