Lost in America
Sep 10, 2020 – Jan 17, 2021
Artists: Michael Asher, Carver Audain, John Steuart Curry, Sam Durant, Jimmie Durham, Andrea Fraser, Dan Graham, Renée Green, Calla Henkel / Max Pitegoff, Mike Kelley, Caitlin MacBride, Jill Magid, Ken Lum, Adrian Piper, Martha Rosler, Cameron Rowland, Robert Venturi / Denise Scott Brown, Jessica Vaughn, Marisa Williamson
Curator: John Miller
In cooperation with Museum im Bellpark, Kriens, and Barnard College / Columbia University, New York
With Lost in America, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) presents a group exhibition of works by American artists from 1937 to the present which sharpens our understanding of the current political situation in the USA. The exhibition revisits American history with investigations of the influences and developments that have shaped the identity of the United States through its specific national and political economy – in particular the institution of slavery and its tragic legacy in terms of culture and everyday life. A central theme is the examination of racism and its role in a neoliberal agenda that significantly influences social discourses and political decisions. Lost in America is concerned with the ideological formation of modes of production and urban planning, architecture, and design, and with the overarching institutionalization of discriminatory dispositives. In doing so, it ultimately highlights the inherent potential of conceptual art practices to expose and critique the structures that underpin society.
Online public program
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Conversation between Alexander Alberro (Virginia Bloedel Wright ‘51 Professor for Art History, Barnard College / Columbia University, New York), Dan Graham (artist and writer, New York), Caitlin MacBride (artist, New York), Cameron Rowland (artist, New York), moderated by John Miller
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Conversation between Carver Audain (artist, New York), Eric de Bruyn (professor of modern and contemporary art, Freie Universität Berlin), Coco Fusco (artist and writer, New York), Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff (artists, Berlin), moderated by John Miller
Friday, October 30, 2020
Online-screening on the occasion of the exhibition with works by Vito Acconci, Robert Ashley, Ardele Lister, Martha Rosler, Corinna Schnitt, Robert Wilson, a. o. from the collection of the n.b.k. Video-Forum, selected by Anna Lena Seiser (Head of the n.b.k. Video-Forum)
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication in the series “n.b.k. Ausstellungen” published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Cologne, with contributions by Marius Babias, Dan Graham, Arkadij Koscheew, and John Miller.