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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.

 

Related Events and Exhibitions

 

2014

 

 

 

2013

Nana Adusei-Poku, art historian
John Person, intellectual historian
Steven Reker, choreographer and musician
Yasufumi Nakamori, curator and art historian
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

Rachel Carrigan, art + agriculture farm apprentice
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