What a difference two weeks make. I was ready to write-off A. L. Steiner’s current exhibition 30 Days of Mo:)rning at Koenig & Clinton as an overly ambitious mess after my initial visit. But on second viewing, the show, which Steiner adds to daily, presents an effective elegy to our seemingly doomed contemporary society.
Much of the success of Steiner’s exhibition has to do with its thematic relevancy. With the looming presidential election, existential dread seems quite timely. But what feels so refreshing about her engagement with the copious issues facing us in 2016, is that she does so without once referencing Donald Trump. The problems she takes aim–capitalism, climate change or the patriarchy–are larger than a singular election or even, one country.