October 15, 2009 - CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts - Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions
October 15, 2009

Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions

Colonel Sanders stands between two cardboard cutouts of himself at the Southern Cross Hotel, ca. 1970. Courtesy The Herald & Weekly Times [from Americana: Kentucky].

Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions
September 2007 – May 2012

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247
T: 415.551.9210

www.wattis.org

“The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.”
—Walt Whitman

Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions is a long-term presentation consisting of 50 displays, each approximately one month long, coorganized by Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann and CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. Each month’s display focuses on a particular American state, in alphabetical order by state name.

Through artworks, historical artifacts, curiosities, and other elements, Americana examines overlooked and little-known aspects of each state. 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. All of the presentations take place in the same exhibition space, a vitrine configured in the shape of the United States.

Americana also looks at how social and political imperatives condition the production, presentation, and interpretation of art and exhibition making. 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.

Upcoming Americana exhibitions:

Massachusetts September 1 – 19
Michigan September 22 – October 10
Minnesota October 13 – 31
Mississippi November 3 – 21
Missouri November 24 – December 5
Montana December 8 – January 16
Nebraska January 19 – February 6
Nevada February 9 – 27
New Hampshire March 2 – 20
New Jersey March 23 – April 10
New Mexico April 13 – 24
New York April 27 – May 15

About the CCA Wattis Institute
The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts was established in 1998 in San Francisco at California College of the Arts. It serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of international contemporary art and curatorial practice. Through groundbreaking exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, and publications, the Wattis Institute has become one of the leading art institutions in the United States and an active site for contemporary culture in the Bay Area.

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247

T: 415.551.9210
www.wattis.org

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

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