These five works from MoMA’s collection remind us: Get out and vote!
Oct 22, 2020
On Election Day each year, the most popular accessory seen on social media, subway pillars, water bottles, and jackets is the “I Voted” sticker. It has become as much a symbol of pride and recognition of civic duty as a fun memento. While the stickers haven’t changed this year, Election Day will be unlike any other in US history. As our country continues to grapple with COVID-19, there are new obstacles related to voting in person and absentee balloting. Yet, like many, I’ve been moved to see great enthusiasm and recognition around the significance of voting. Spreading quietly from neighbor to neighbor in local communities and more visibly through celebrities and large organizations, the “get out and vote” campaigns are loud and clear—many led by artist projects and posters. This prompted me to think about art’s enduring involvement in getting out the vote. I’ve chosen five works from MoMA’s Drawings and Prints collection, created over the last 70 years, that celebrate this fundamental democratic right.