I Like America and America Likes Me

In 1974, German artist Joseph Beuys arrived in America for the first time. Upon landing at the airport, he was transported by ambulance directly to the Rene Block Gallery in New York City. He emerged from the ambulance wrapped in a grey felt blanket and was then placed in a room with a wild coyote where he spent the next three days.

According to kidsofdada.com: "The coyote’s behavior changed throughout the three days, becoming sometimes cautious, detached, aggressive and then friendly." Also, at one point, "Fifty new copies of the Wall Street Journal were added to the closed space, which the coyote acknowledged by urinating on them."

After the three days were up, Beuys was again wrapped in the felt blanket and was returned to the airport.

Beuys called this performance art piece "I like America and America likes me."





Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 03, 2017
Category: Performance Art, 1970s





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