Friday, April 25, 2008

Coyote, Joseph Beuys, 1974



Excerpt from Thun's text:
Joseph Beuys most memorable American performance was that of "Coyote: I Love America and America Loves Me". Beuys frequently used animals, dead or alive, in his performances and installations. He would also use tufts of hair, bone, or animal pelts. Performed in New York City in the year 1974, Beuy's choice to use a coyote as the central theme for this work was a way of aknowledging the plight of the Native Americans who, at this point in history were becoming radically active in the political arena. The American Indian Movement was in full swing. In the month of May, Beuys arrived at Kennedy Airport wrapped in felt from head to toe. He was loaded into an ambulance and delivered like a package to the Rene Block Gallery. There, Beuys spent seven days with Little John, a wild coyote who tugged at and unwrapped the felt from which he was encased. Only a chain link fence separated visitors to the gallery from Beuys and the animal. His stay with Little John was nothing but peaceful. Beuys engaged in private conversations with the animal and introduced it to a variety of objects including his hat, gloves, and walking stick.

2 comments:

ian said...

this is one of my favorite images of all time. good to see you two are making way on this work.

KentColony@gmail.com said...

hey these look great, good work