A touring exhibition of artworks that made use of private information as raw material and subject matter. The show opened at Artists Space before touring internationally for over two years. Curated by Michael Connor.
In Jennifer and Kevin McCoy's Vice Presidential Downtime Requirements (formerly titled Band Rider Series: Dick Cheney), (2008) this one-way exchange of information is inverted: it is a government official who becomes the subject of an invasion of privacy. The piece is part of a series of works by the McCoys based on rider agreements, contracts stipulating the hospitality needs of touring artists, speakers and musicians. These rider agreements are often leaked online through websites like the infamous thesmokinggun.com. Using rider agreements stolen from bands like Guns N! Roses, the McCoys assemble the required foodstuffs and niceties as ready-made collections for gallery display: pizza, beer, CDs, fruit, flowers. Dick Cheney's rider agreement—used when he delivers lectures and makes public appearances—forms the basis of this work. In comparison to Guns N! Roses, his requests are spartan. Decaf coffee, diet caffeine-free Sprite, a queen-sized bed, and a television tuned to Fox News form the extent of his personal needs. These items are assembled in the gallery, along with a copy of the stolen rider agreement.