} for The Turn of the Tune - Traveler Playing the "Arkansaw Traveler", for The Arkansaw Traveler – Scene in the Backwoods of Arkansas, The Turn of the Tune - Traveler Playing the "Arkansaw Traveler", The Arkansaw Traveler – Scene in the Backwoods of Arkansas. CollectionsOn ViewArtistsExhibitionsFavorites. + '' Just two days before the 2016 presidential election, Zoe Leonard read her iconic poem, “I want a president,” at New York City’s High Line Park, documented for posterity on YouTube. Collection of the New York Public Library; Funds from the Estate of Leroy A. Moses, 2005. pagetypeurl = document.URL, Nearly three decades after Zoe Leonard wrote her iconic “I Want a President” poem in response to Eileen Myles’s presidential bid alongside George H.W. Jordan in the Hallway, 1986/97. Stay in-the-know about happenings at the Museum! + '<\/style>' + '<\/div>' $modal.show(); The artist's 1992 work has had a special resonance since the election of Donald Trump. if (!found) { Nearly three decades after Zoe Leonard wrote her iconic “I Want a President” poem in response to Eileen Myles’s presidential bid alongside George H.W. if (!window.jQuery) loadJQuery(); The artist’s 1992 text work, written in celebration of poet Eileen Myles’s ‘openly female’ presidential bid that year, begins: ‘I want a dyke for president. All Rights Reserved.var w = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0), Courtesy: The High Line. The artist’s 1992 text work, written in celebration of poet Eileen Myles’s ‘openly female’ presidential bid that year, begins: ‘I want a dyke for president. }); break; “I want a dyke for president,” wrote artist and activist Zoe Leonard in her 1992 text piece, a prose poem and manifesto of sorts. var expires = "expires="+d.toUTCString(); sensitivity: 50, I want a person with AIDS for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. validate: function( $form, $email ){ + '' $.ajax({ Ink on onionskin paper, glass, and L pins, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2019.15, to (Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY), 2018; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2019. } var c = ca[i]; Zoe Leonard‘s beloved 1992 text work I Want a President was revived in the lead-up to the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and now, just after the midterms, it’s getting new life again—this time as a series of 100 prints, half of which are reserved for museums only. // Show email validation error and hide other errors // Hide the errors }, 100); Leonard’s missive continues: “ I want someone who has spent the night in the tombs and had a cross burned on their lawn and survived rape. 2016 High Line Art, 'I want a president', New York NY Hauser & Wirth, 'In the Wake', New York NY. Born and based in New York, and working in a variety of media since the 1970s, Leonard’s best-known art may be her 1992 poem “I Want a President,” repurposed as a monumental mural on New York’s High Line park in 2016. $('#ouibounce-modal') // Init - Anything you want to happen onLoad (usually event bindings) return o; contentType: 'application/json; charset=UTF-8', The text is emblematic of Leonard’s involvement with activist and feminist collectives; she began working in New York City in the 1980s, an era marked by heightened political awareness due to the enormous loss of … Zoe Leonard, I want a president, 1992, wheat-pasted paper, 240 x 360". timeout: 10000 This is a conceptual question. slideInModal('Up'); } (function defernl() { if (prefix == undefined) { $form.find('.errors').children().hide(); .addClass( 'slideIn' + upOrDown ); function closeSignupBar() { var ctx = this; } The work leverages her hunger for honesty into a scorching political aesthetic: “I want a dyke for president,” the missive reads. var ctx = this; closeSignupBar(); General admission to Crystal Bridges is always free, and is sponsored by Walmart. Zoe Leonard is a New York City-based artist, feminist, and activist. Outside of "I want a president", Leonard works primarily in photography and sculptures, often designed for the particular installation site. onSuccess(); expiration_days: 14 “I think that what’s going on in the text is both a real call and a metaphoric one. setTimeout(function() { }; $form.find('.signup-failed').show().siblings().hide(); }, var $modal = $('#ouibounce-modal'); if (!onSuccess) { customSerializer: function(){ Zoe Leonard created this work in 1992, the year that poet Eileen Myles ran for president as an independent candidate alongside George H.W. // Submit the form }); e.preventDefault(); setTimeout(function(){ $(function() { Crystal Bridges Trails and Groundsare open daily from sunrise to sunsetand during museum hours. $.each(a, function () { found = true; } Wikimedia Commons has media related to Zoe Leonard } + '
' function setNewsletterCookie(cookieName, value) { I want a person with AIDS for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance…’. + '<\/form>' if(valid){ var cookieSettings = { $form.submit(function(e){ But back when it was first written, it still went ‘viral’ organically,” High Line curator and director Cecilia Alemani told Standard Culture, the Standard Hotel’s publication. Zoe Leonard’s radical poem, demanding an AIDS-stricken “dyke” for president, is being shared by liberals on social media in the run up to the November election. × 16 in. } else { (27.9 × 21.6 cm) MediumInk on onionskin paper, glass, and L pins. Credit LineCrystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2019.15. November 19, 2018. if (o[this.name]) { // Check if ouibounce exist before calling ouibounce } ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. o[this.name].push(this.value || ''); Exhibition. document.body.appendChild(script); zoe leonard i want a president Zoe Leonard‘s beloved 1992 text work was revived in the lead-up to the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and now, just after the midterms, it’s getting new life again—this time as a series of 100 prints, half of which are reserved for museums only. if (!$modal.length) { }); $('body').on( 'click', '.close-signup', function(){ Since its pseudo-release, I Want a President, has been revived a number of times. data: JSON.stringify( $form.serializeFormJSON() ), loadFontAwesome: false Not on view. Accession number 2019.15. + ' @media (max-width: 1199px){ #ouibounce-modal .description {font-size:13px !important;} }' expirationMinutes = daysToMinutes(settings.expiration_days); if ($modal.hasClass('slideInDown')) return; ctx.customSerializer(); Over the past three decades, she has produced work in photography and sculpture that has been celebrated for its lyrical observations of daily life coupled with a rigorous, questioning attention to the politics and conditions of image making and display. //exdays*24*60*60 function slideInModal(upOrDown) { type: $form.attr('method'), + '

Get hand-picked stories from our editors delivered straight to your inbox every day.<\/p>' 600 Museum Way Bentonville, AR 72712 Zoe Leonard has released a new edition of her famed ‘I Want a President’ poem in support of an HIV activist group. Zoe Leonard, “I want a president …” (1992) These days, it seems that nothing could be further from such “like feelings” (as Walt Whitman once put it 9 ), this impulse to be with and feel somehow similar to others, than the practices and policies of my government. expiration_days: 5 © 2020 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. // ------------------------------------------------------------------- $modal.addClass( $modal.hasClass('slideInUp') ? script.integrity = "sha256-hVVnYaiADRTO2PzUGmuLJr8BLUSjGIZsDYGmIJLv2b8="; pagetypeforce = pagetypeurl.substr(pagetypeurl.length - 3); } // =================================================================== //hide on mobile phones var expirationMinutes = settings.expiration_minutes; Summer Bonus Hour: Memorial Day through Labor Day, galleries open at 10 am. .fail(function(jqXHR, textStatus){ checkCookies(); var a = this.serializeArray(); The piece has also been posted today at 4 Columns in lieu of the journal's standard four articles.. } Zoe Leonard ‘s beloved 1992 text work I Want a President was revived in the lead-up to the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and now, just after the midterms, it’s getting new life again—this time as a series of 100 prints, half of which are reserved for museums only. 2017 Galerie Gisela Capitain, 'Misia, Postwar', Cologne, Germany. }); } Zoe Leonard, an artist primarily known for her photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations, is also an influential feminist and queer activist who started working in … + '<\/div>' This is a real-life question. + '<\/div>' + '