One of Election Season’s Winners? Memes
They say history repeats itself. We’ve seen shades of it in this election, but art historians might recognize a resurgence of Dadaism in 2016’s memes, which saw bizarre and nightmarish creativity inspired by the election’s biggest personalities. Intrepid Photoshoppers recast Trump as a racist blob of orange Jell-O, and mocked Jeb Bush’s tweet of a gun, ambiguously captioned “America.” The term “Nasty Woman” became its own micro-economy. And while some of 2016’s memes were scary and grim, their universality could mean a whole new age of political art.