The American Effect: Whitney Museum of American Art. (New York).
With millions across the world demonstrating against the war in
Iraq, the timing is no doubt auspicious for "The American
Effect," an extensive international exhibition exploring
perceptions of American culture and society abroad. Curated by the
Whitney's Lawrence Rinder, the show will include approximately
forty works produced since 1990 in all media by artists from Europe,
Africa, Asia, and the Americas, ranging in content and tone from gauzy
idealizing of the American dream to hostile jeremiads. Among the
forty-odd artists included are Miwa Yanagi from Japan, Sergei Bugaev
Afrika from Russia, and Bodys Isek Kingelez from Congo. The catalogue
includes essays by Luc Sante, Nawal El Saadawi, and Ian Buruma, among
other. July 3 Oct. 12.