Michael Hunt: Our Inverted Democracy – The Long Winter

Michael Hunt, Chapter 14: One Bright Day, 2017
2’ X 3’, vinyl on Dibond
(FSA photographer: Arthur Rothstein)
Michael Hunt, Chapter 14: One Bright Day, 2017 2’ X 3’, vinyl on Dibond (FSA photographer: Arthur Rothstein)


Hunt's Layerings, Paul Smart, Woodstock Times, March 2, 2017

A collection of mashup images from an imaginary, unauthorized social studies textbook.

March 4 – 26, 2017

Reception: March 4, 4-6 PM



The images – sign quality vinyl on a lightweight aluminum backing – are of Great Depression-era portraits mixed with scenes of Miami Beach during Art Basel Week 2017.

These long gone ghosts are cast as modern day actors playing the leads in today’s stories, from BLM & the Women’s March to Occupy Wall Street & The Tea Party. Their backdrops are of the future underwater scuba parks of Miami Beach at the zenith of class and privilege, art week.

Titles are taken from chapter titles in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter. That novel chronicles a family working together every day to survive a long and brutal winter, an apt narrative paralleling our present political environment.

Our Inverted Democracy: The Long Winter chronicles a time in our shared history where authoritarian has replaced authoritative, where five out five Americans are living with a leader four out of five Americans did not support.

The present – filled with headlines of systematic racism & sexism – look a lot like the past when these WPA photographs of men, women and children were taken in the deep south and dust bowl.

From prostitutes in New Orleans, out of work strawberry pickers and coal miners to young children all over America living in deep poverty, the portrait subjects relive the income inequality and white supremacy they experienced in their actual lifetimes.

There is – the time traveling photographers of this imaginary textbook have noticed – a steel in the eyes of these subjects. There is a weariness yet also a glimmer of hope for a better life.

2017 Solo Show Artists

Juror: Susana Torruella Leval
Director Emerita El Museo del Barrio
Chair of the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission

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