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HISTORICAL SURVEY: AN INTERVIEW WITH HANS HAACKE

In 1970, HANS HAACKE presented his famous MOMA-Poll in the “Information” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, asking visitors whether New York governor Nelson Rockefeller’s position on Nixon’s Indochina policy would be reason not to vote for Rockefeller in the upcoming November election. Despite many differences between the political situation of that time and the present one, in preparing the current issue of Artforum, the editors were struck by an uncanny contextual doubling: Many voters will surely consider President Bush’s invasion of Iraq a defining issue in casting their ballots, and artists too are working within a resonant situation. TIM GRIFFIN contacted Haacke to discuss his thoughts on the piece and the political possibilities for artmaking today.

TIM GRIFFIN: Could you describe the thinking that originally went into MOMA-Poll? What were you attempting to measure, and how did

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