“We The People” Art Exhibit Opens in Chelsea



An oversized painting of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dominates the wall at “We The People,” an art exhibition at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space in Chelsea. Photo: Valerie Prassl.

The art exhibit “We The People” has opened at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space on West 19th Street in Chelsea.

The theme of the exhibit is the 2012 presidential election campaign. The show consists of art reflecting major political topics like health care and gay rights, that will help to determine the outcome of  the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

The portrait of President Barack Obama (upper center) measures only 9 inches by 7 inches. Photo: Valerie Prassl

“The exhibition represents the political key issues raised by the two parties. It explores stereotypical demographic groups and the ones who might be left out,” said Lisa Hayes Williams, the exhibition project manager and a Columbia University art history graduate.

Gallery visitors have to search for the representation of Romney’s opponent: The painting showing Obama measures only 9 inches by 7 inches. The exhibition runs until November 9.