|BELEIF + DOUBT at the Hirshhorn|
Nearly three stories high and more than two-thirds the length of a football field, the commercially painted mural is hard to miss. So is its composition, which approximates the American flag. The upper left corner is a blue rectangle with white letters that announce: "MOCA at the Temporary Contemporary." The remainder is a red field whose white sentences divide the expanse into visual stripes.
The chosen composition obviously flags MOCA for the passer-by, but it also evokes something more subtle and provocative. Such public buildings as courthouses, post offices and city halls are typically the ones that fly the flag out front. Kruger's flag-mural insists that the art museum be counted as a place for important public business, too--the business of expressive thought, enacted in the social context of a public place.
Call it street democracy in action. In four lines of simple text, Kruger's mural poses nine direct questions: Who is beyond the law? Who is bought and sold? Who is free to choose? Who does time? Who follows orders? Who salutes longest? Who prays loudest? Who dies first? Who laughs last? [http://articles.latimes.com/1990-07-04/entertainment/ca-271_1_barbara-kruger-s-artwork]