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Jenny Holzer: The Power of Words

  • College of the Desert 43-500 Monterey Avenue Palm Desert, CA, 92260 United States (map)

For over 40 years, Jenny Holzer has pursued a unique art practice in which she uses words and sayings in different media to explore social issues and urge positive social actions.  Her mode of delivery can be wall plaques, stone benches with carved inscriptions, prints and posters, LED signs, or printed T-shirts.  In the Desert X exhibition that takes place simultaneous to the Marks Gallery show, she uses monumental light projections against mountain cliffs.  

The works in the Marks Gallery presentation represent three of these categories: lithographic prints, signs, and a carved bench.  In them, Holzer delivers her stereotypical laments, astringent observations, social commentary, and slyly humorous aphorisms on subjects ranging from war to racism to private and corporate greed.  She is one of the world’s leading artists in the genre of social practice, and it is her belief that satire, humor, and courageous thought can make the world a better, kinder place.