visionary German artist Joseph Beuys

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In May 1974, the visionary German artist Joseph Beuys flew in” rel=”nofollow”>into New York City’s John F Kennedy International Airport and was immediately taken by ambulance to a room in” rel=”nofollow”>in West Broadway’s Rene Block Gallery. But he was not ill, or even in” rel=”nofollow”>in pain” rel=”nofollow”>in. Carried by stretcher, which was covered in” rel=”nofollow”>in his signature layer of felt, Beuys shared this solitary space with a coyote — a wild beast, often considered to represent America’s untamed spirit — for three days. It was a performance, entitled I Like America and America likes Me, taut with caution , but one that was ultimately a success: the coyote grew tolerant, acceptin” rel=”nofollow”>ing, simply through Beuys’ desire to heal.
It’s a potent, profound image, and one that today is as prescient as ever. The United States of America is in” rel=”nofollow”>in a troublesome situation as a declin” rel=”nofollow”>inin” rel=”nofollow”>ing global power, havin” rel=”nofollow”>ing to now deal with the failin” rel=”nofollow”>ings of modernity and late capitalism. Considerin” rel=”nofollow”>ing this piece, do you thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink this work takes on new meanin” rel=”nofollow”>ing given our current political situation, and how we deal with cultural differences and the treatment of others (animal or human)?

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