GOOD DREAMS, BAD DREAMS — AMERICAN MYTHOLOGIES
New York-based Artistic Director of the New Museum, Massimiliano Gioni, brings together work from over 60 artists and more than 200 pieces selected from the Tony and Elham Salamé Collection for the second major exhibition at the Aïshti Foundation, Beirut. Borrowing its title from an installation by conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg, the show unites the work of a multigenerational group of artists involved in complex analysis of American popular culture, interested in debunking the founding myths of the American dream. Look out for works by pioneering conceptual artists, such as John Baldessari, presented in dialogue with contributions from later generations. Pieces by Richard Prince and Raymond Pettibon will situate the exhibition in vitriolic ideological debate, while works by Amanda Ross-Ho, Rachel Harrison, Lutz Bacher and Klara Lidén add further barbed commentary. Elucidating the mistruths of our fantasies – as all the artists in the show propose to do through their critical works – provides the opportunity to re-dream our futures anew. It is a worthwhile chance to take.
Opens 22 June, 10am-10pm