Kathryn Andrews, Hobo (Santa’s Helper No. 2), 2014 Credit: Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

We’re officially less than a year from the 2016 presidential election, which makes this the perfect season for “Run for President,” Kathryn Andrews’s new mixed-media show at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Andrews simultaneously mocks the political process and ponders why people run for president in the first place. 

“She’s interested in positions of authority and who has access to authority,” says Julie Rodrigues Widholm, the show’s curator. “The 15 sculptures and paintings create a narrative about the notion of the candidate and who is qualified.”

Kathryn Andrews,Hobo (The Candidates), 2014Credit: Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Andrews’s work is full of pop-culture references, from Currier and Ives prints to the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America to Bozo the Clown (who, Widholm notes, actually did declare his candidacy in 1984). She juxtaposes Hollywood props and costumes and old campaign buttons with original paintings and sculptures. These juxtapositions invite viewers to draw their own conclusions about what the various objects mean.

“She has a biting sense of humor,” Widholm says. “Everything seems glossy, but it’s dark. We’ve all been duped. It’s part of our culture.”

Kathryn Andrews, “Bozo The World’s Most Famous Clown” Bop Bag with Occasional Performance (Blue Variation), 2014Credit: Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

 

Kathryn Andrews, Coming to America (Filet-O-Fish), 2013Credit: Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles


“Run for President,” 11/21-5/8/16, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago, 312-280-2660, mcachicago.org, $12 museum admission, $7 students and seniors.