Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Louise Lawler (American, b. 1947)

Between Reagan and Bush, 1989

Silver dye-bleach print and transfer letters on painted wall

24 x 42 in. (60.7 x 106.7 cm)

Gerald S. Elliott Collection

Between Reagan and Bush consists of two parts: One is Lawler’s framed photograph of works by American artist Jeff Koons in storage before his 1988 exhibition Banality at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York. The other is a painted wall panel of a menu taken from The Silver Palate Cookbook, a popular 1980s guide to entertainment geared toward elite consumers. The title of this work refers to policies of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush that are believed to favor the rich, such as trickle-down economics. Here they are presented as courses in a meal for upper-class consumption.