Political Artists Trash Capitalism and Corporate Culture

Artists like Ron English and Stephanie Syjuco expose our Corpocracy at Houston's Station Museum.

Judi Werthein, Brincos Installation Shot, 2005

Together, the work highlights many of the issues which have recently found traction in political debates and legislative discourses. The 13 artists have works that address a range of topics from immigration policy, open-source culture, and global politics. Corpocracy reflects the many conversations happening at colleges and kitchen tables across the globe. “This work is current, and it is important in conversations beyond contemporary art,” Schnitger adds. “Mark Lombardi is probably the pioneer of visualizing the corruption in the corporate world, he followed the money, and he is the perfect example of an artist doing the research and grasping the idea of the relationships between politics, the banking business, and the corporate world. He has definitely been the influence of this show."

Mark Lombardi, BCCI-ICC-FAB 3rd version, 1996

Despite its lightheartedness, the show is in line with the Station’s serious broader mission. The Museum describes itself as “an activist institution supporting civil society issues as well as artists who engage in social, political, aesthetic, economic, and/or spiritual content and expressions.” It aims to serve as a beacon for the art-starved and for poor youth, ignored by the world and resigned to viewing YouTube conspiracy theories on their computer after work.  “I always think that all of our past exhibitions have been for the people, it's all about educating the person's viewpoint,” says Schnitger. "Get them thinking, and get those wheels turning inside their head.”

Clark Fox, Das Kapital, 2015

The museum has a history of producing socially engaging programs, and providing a platform for the radically different cultural perspectives of both local and national artists. In 2003 they produced Made In Palestine, the first US museum exhibition of Palestinian contemporary art, and in 2009 they exhibited Iraqi Artists In Exile, another major show on the work of thirteen Iraqi artists. Corpocracy was slated to close on February 14th, but has been extended until March 13th.

Eugenio Merino, Forever Dictator Installation Shot, 2014

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