The Bruce High Quality Foundation

WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2010

The Whitney Museum

FEB 25 - MAY 30, 2010

Installation view, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, The Whitney Biennial 2010, The Whitney Museum, New York, 2010

Installation view, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, The Whitney Biennial 2010, The Whitney Museum, New York, 2010

Press Release

"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

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