Political Advertisement X 1952-2020

Antonio Muntadas, Marshall Reese

2020 | 01:38:04 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 16:9 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Politics

The Political Advertisement project began in 1984, when New York-based media artists Muntadas and Reese produced their first compilation of American presidential commercials, beginning with Eisenhower in the 1950s. Every four years since — aligned to the national election cycle — they’ve updated the collection to reflect the current moment, presenting the clips in chronological order, with no voice-over editorializing, a tour-de-force of witty and incisive editing. Consisting of rare as well as notorious footage, Political Advertisement argues for television’s enormous importance in selling the presidency — a force that transforms citizens into consumers, and the presidency into the ultimate product.

"Muntadas’ and Reese’s Political Advertisement remains true to its calling, every four years using a dry wit and a cool hand to produce a compendium of those televisual devices and tricks invoked to conjure into being a plausible and willing presidential effect."

— Bill Horrigan, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH, 2020


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Sala X

Exhibitions + Festivals

Sala X, Madrid Spain, 2020

Getty Museum, Los Angeles CA, 2020

MSP Adjacent, San Francisco CA, 2020

Wexner Center, Columbus OH, 2020

Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Bruswick NJ, 2020

Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, 2020

Related Titles

Political Advertisement
Political Advertisement 2000
Political Advertisement 2004
Political Advertisement 2008
Political Advertisement 2012
Political Advertisement 2016

Stream Single Title

Title Awards Image Major Exhibitions/Festivals Description
Sea in the Blood

Equal First Prize for Best Male Short, Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Sea in the Blood

OutFest (LA, CA.), 2001

Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands), 2001


Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2001



Sea In The Blood is a personal documentary about living with illness, tracing the relationship of the artist to thalassemia in his sister Nan, and AIDS in his partner Tim. At the core of the piece are two trips. The first is in 1962, when Richard went from Trinidad to England with Nan to see a famous hematologist interested in her unusual case. The second is in 1977 when Richard and Tim made the counterculture pilgrimage from Europe to Asia. The relationship with Tim blossomed, but Nan died before their return. The narrative of love and loss is set against a background of colonialism in the Caribbean and the reverberations of migration and political change.

"Sea in the Blood was to be a meditation on race, sexuality and disease, but after working with the material for three years, it was the emotional story that came through. It's hard to work with such personal material, but in the end the work takes on a life of its own. 'Richard' is a character. Because of the subject matter — disease and death — I wanted to avoid sentimentality. I'd like the audience to think as well as feel."

— Richard Fung