Hardcover, 240 pages
This catalog is a culmination and collection of exhibitions consisting of 55 displays co-organized by the Wattis Institute and CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.
Through artworks, historical artifacts, curiosities, and other elements, Americana focuses on overlooked and little-known aspects of each state. All presentations take place in the same exhibition space, which is configured in the shape of the continental United States.
Americana examines the states as they are today, looking at how America's social and political imperatives condition the production, presentation, and interpretation of art and exhibition making. The brisk pace of the 50 displays reflects the varied and constantly changing fabric of this relatively young country and its multilayered, shifting national identity.
The title is a reference to an exhibition of the same name that was curated by the artist collaborative Group Material at the 1985 biennial of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Group Material also focused on art and elements of mass culture that they understood as overlooked, forgotten, and outside the mainstream in order to investigate critically how museums and exhibitions assist in the formation of American identity.
This catalog is designed by Jon Sueda / Stripe.