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Whitney Biennial 2010

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February 25, 2010 - May 30, 2010 Closed

Overview

"The Bruce High Quality Foundation, a group of anonymous artists, uses performances and pranks to critique the art world. For the work on view in 2010, the Foundation repurposed an iconic vehicle as a “portable museum,” a site for both reviving and putting to rest American cultural myths. Designed to be both an ambulance and a hearse, the Cadillac Miller-Meteor has been used to care for the dying, transport the dead, and as a prop in the movie Ghostbusters. The title of this work refers to Joseph Beuys’s 1972 performance I Like America and America Likes Me. Upon arriving in New York from his native Germany for his performance, the artist was bundled into a Cadillac ambulance and shuttled to an art gallery, where he kept company with a coyote for three days before returning directly to the airport. Beuys’s personal, ritualized confrontation with the United States is revisited here as a collective experience. A video projected on the windshield surveys a contemporary culture defined by YouTube clips, Hollywood movies, and news media. The voice-over describes an ambivalent, yearning relationship with the United States, as if the country were a dysfunctional family member or abusive lover." - The Whitney Museum

Location

The Whitney Museum 945 Madison Avenue
New York, NY, United States 10021
The Whitney Biennial 2010
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Hours

Weds, Thurs, Sat, Sun: 11am - 6pm
Fri: 1 - 9pm

Participating Artists

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  • We Like America and America Likes Us

    We Like America and America Likes Us

  • We Like America and America Likes Us

    We Like America and America Likes Us

  • We Like America and America Likes Us

    We Like America and America Likes Us