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NY Mag's 'Bedford + Bowery' Previews Lower East Side 'TRUMPMANIA' Event

April 15, 2016

Bedford + Bowery, produced by NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and New York magazine, offered a preview of the April 15th TRUMPMANIA exhibition held on the Lower East Side of New York City.


"While Bernie gets his own street art and gallery show and Hillary is feted with a Bushwick pantsuit competition, that other presidential candidate with New York roots has seen something of a 'cultural flowering' in his own right. If you haven’t yet had a chance to 'Beat up Trump' or bash a piñata of the real-estate mogul’s likeness, tonight you can head to TRUMPMANIA, an orange-haired art exhibit and auction at 311 East Broadway where there’s 'something for everyone' (yep, even Trump supporters)," wrote Bedford + Bowery's Kavitha Surana.


"It’s free to check out and enjoy the vibez, but there’s a whole lot of goodies to bid on if you’d like to make your art collection great again," continued Surana. The article highlighted several works, including Sarah Levy's "Whatever," a portrait of candidate Trump painted in the artist's menstrual blood which made national news and was featured exclusively in the TRUMPMANIA Exhibit.


"There’s culturally critical pieces like a creepy oil painting of a Madonna Trump cradling baby Jeb Bush, and a poster of zombie Trump demanding that you 'CON$UME.' Meanwhile Ben Garrison’s libertarian-leaning political cartoons focus more on his populist rise over the establishment, like a print portraying Trump as a dragon slayer," the article noted.


"If you just want to make the scene, you better get on it fast– TRUMPMANIA is in the city for one night only. It’s actually a roving exhibit traveling around the state, organized by Professor Anthony Rotolo, whose speciality is the intersection of pop culture, social media and politics."


The event, which was the largest gallery showing of the collection, attracted several hundred attendees for the one-night-only showing.


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