Tolerable Americana

I’m pleased to present my latest collaborative review with Anthony, of the MMoCA’s most recent exhibit, “Apple Pie: Symbols of Americana in MMoCA’s Permanent Collection,” in today’s edition of the Cardinal. The exhibit is conceptually busy and makes for a genuinely engaging walk-through. The featured works sometimes harmonize and at other times shout each other down contrapuntally, probing the questions of national identity and historical memory with a vitality and a contrarianism achieved from the free play of tensions present all over the gallery’s walls. “Apple Pie” definitely deserves a visit.

P.S. Yes, the article contains two typos: first, it’s “Elliott Erwitt,” not “Elloit Erwitt” (this one’s on me); second, “Larry Clark’s photo-portraits of strung-out, shiner-sporting solitaries staring across the gallery…” should reading “Larry Clark’s photo-portraits of strung-out, shiner-sporting solitaries stare across the gallery…” I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me/us.

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2 Responses to “Tolerable Americana”

  1. Emma R. Says:

    http://cinema.wisc.edu/series/2010_spring/events.htm#stay

    are you going to this? looks pretty interesting/RELATABLE.

    • Dan Sullivan Says:

      Very possibly, depending on what happens with my top priority of the weekend (“Bad Lieutenant” at Sundance). I’ve neglected Starlight Cinema for way too long.

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