Bringing together 37 works by 19 artists from the United States, the exhibition Lost in America explored the ideological conditions shaping artistic production, urban planning, architecture and design.
This publication not only serves as a documentation of the exhibition but also brings together a series of essays representing different critical perspectives.
In his essay on the exhibition, John Miller explores the relationship between language, economics, and ideology. Amy Allen offers fundamental reflections on the power of progress in relation to anti-discriminatory practices.
In the panel discussion on Design and Ideology, Alexander Alberro, Dan Graham, Caitlin MacBride, Cameron Rowland, and John Miller analyse the link between ideology and commodity production in the US.
In the panel discussion Institution and Subjectivity as Social Constructs, Carver Audain, Calla Henkel, and Max Pitegoff, Eric de Bruyn, Coco Fusco, and John Miller discuss the extent to which identity is only produced in an environment of institutionalised ascriptions of others.
Furthermore, two previously unpublished texts by Dan Graham are included in this publication: Homes for America Rewind und Orange County Rock.
Published after the exhibition, Lost in America at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k), Berlin, 10 September 2020 – 17 January 17 2021.
English and German text.