Judith Bernstein: Cabinet of Horrors presents a new body of work by the artist, specifically commissioned by The Drawing Center. Focusing on works on paper made since Donald J. Trump was elected president in November 2016, this exhibition includes eighteen new drawings, four large-scale paper panel murals, a series of drawn “dollar bills,” and vintage piggy banks in vitrines. A series of free political campaign pins designed by Bernstein are available at the museum entrance.
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. Providing context for Bernstein’s recent work, this exhibition opens with one of the artist’s earliest political drawings from 1969, as well as, a selection of five “Word Drawings” from 1995, including: Liberty, Justice, Equality, Evil, and Fear.