October 2, 2008
A more timely exhibit we can't imagine: Just a few days before Barack Obama and John McCain duke it out at Belmont University for the title of the Real Agent of Change, Los Angeles artist Tucker Neel's Monuments to the Pres(id)ent opens just a few blocks away at Snow Gallery. Through drawings, prints and installations, Neel examines leadership, ideology, allegiance and how the way we memorialize our presidents influences our national identity. The show was inspired by Neel's fascination with English satirical cartoonist William Hogarth (1697-1764) and Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), an Italian artist famous for his etchings of the monuments of Rome. Hogarth's and Piranesi's work will be on display alongside Neel's, as the artist ties "an intentionally tenuous thread between Hogarth's political caricatures and Piranesi's imagined monuments."