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In 1974, Joseph Beuys flew to New York, was picked up by an ambulance, swathed in felt on a stretcher, and transported to the René Block gallery. Over the next three days, Beuys spent eight hours a day in the gallery in the company of a wild coyote with little more than a felt blanket and a pile of straw. At times Beuys lay on the straw, at times he watched the coyote as the coyote watched him and cautiously circled around. At other times, the coyote shredded the blanket to pieces. At still other times, Beuys engaged in symbolic gestures, such as striking a large triangle or tossing his leather gloves to the animal. At the end of the three days, Beuys hugged the coyote that had grown quite tolerant of him, and was taken to the airport. Again, he rode in a veiled ambulance, leaving America without having set foot on its ground. As Beuys later explained: "I wanted to isolate myself, insulate myself, see nothing of America other than the coyote."

Our 2012, 2013, and 2014 programming was conceived as a response to Beuys' work: "I Like America and America Likes Me." The far-reaching resonances of Beuys' work, far too wily to be concerned with a simple dichotomy between art and politics and yet addressing the relationships between globalization, nature, and the ever-shifting parameters of humanity, continue to be felt across artistic and scholarly disciplines. The residents and projects at Denniston Hill during this period were chosen by our board of directors and advisors because they traverse similar questions, ideas, and forms as Beuys did in 1974.

 

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

Nana Adusei-Poku

art historian

John Person

intellectual historian

Steven Reker

choreographer and musician

Yasufumi Nakamori

art historian and curator

Josh Kline

visual artist

Booker Stardrum

musician

 

LaToya Ruby Frazier

visual artist

Taro Masushio

visual artist

Leslie Parks

chef

Eli Ping

visual artist

Elodie Pong

visual artist

Steve Rekker and People Get Ready

musicians

Michael Vazquez

writer and editor

 

 

 

2012

Quincy Flowers
writer

Hal Foster
art historian

Anthony Keith Giannini
visual artist

Lauren van Haaften-Schick
curator

Alexandria Harris
visual artist

Steffani Jemison
visual artist

Jennie C. Jones
sound artist

Sérgio Muñoz Sarmiento
visual artist
 

Carlos Reyes
visual artist

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
writer
 

Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan
visual artists