On October 26th-29th, during the week leading up to the 2020 presidential and congressional elections, the Miller ICA will project a selection from Jenny Holzer's YOUVOTE campaign on the outside of our building on CMU's campus. YOUVOTE focuses on key areas through the swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania to champion broad political engagement, issue awareness, and voter empowerment. This project will be visible from Forbes Ave in front of Carnegie Mellon University, and is part of a broader effort to expand the Miller ICA exhibition practices to include public spaces during the pandemic when access to our space is limited.
Holzer's medium–whether formulated as a T-shirt, a plaque, or an LED sign–is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work. Starting in the 1970s with the New York City posters, and continuing through her recent light projections on landscape and architecture, her practice has rivaled ignorance and violence with humor, kindness, and courage. For more than 40 years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7 World Trade Center, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.