The Moonshiner Lights Up Newspapers

The Moonshiner Lights Up Newspapers

Newspapers may be dying, but two artists would like them to live on — as art. Peter J. Hoffmeister and Jack Laughner — both security guards at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in addition to being artists — have reappropriated the medium to critique the very thing it represents: mass media.

In January, they plan to release an art newspaper called The Moonshiner as 1,000 individually marked copies, each with 24 pages of visual protest. The free publication will document a hypothetical future through the eyes of a ficticious everyman, Malcolm Ford, tackling issues that center around censorship and an impending American police state.

Like traditional newspapers, The Moonshiner delivers the news. In the current issue, it broadcasts the language of section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act, which covers detention of persons the government suspects of involvement in terrorism, including the fact... keep reading

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