Art Show Review
Andy Warhol - Dream America SD Museum of Art - Art Show Review
By Kiva Boyd
America. Dream America, daydream nation. Where do we go if we want to understand this country? The news won?™t be much help. Our news media in the U.S. is so closely tied to both the corporate and political structures as to be useless. You?™ll get plenty of information. Of course, it will only be the information that either the Whitehouse or Phifzer wants you to see.
What else is there? History books? Aside from a few brilliant but marginalized voices such as Howard Zinn, Cornell West and Noam Chomsky you?™d be hardpressed to find much of value. The version of history we teach and have available to us tends to be a one-sided stream of cardboard cutout stereotypes displaying America?™s ?˜great achievements?? So, where do we go? We crave meaning. Human beings are wired to seek out meanings and patterns. Our eyes can?™t rest on an object for more than a few seconds without seeking out how it fits into our schema or understanding of our experience.
I?™d put forth that if you?™d like to get a glimpse of what makes America tick you could do worse than spending some time at the San Diego Museum of Art?™s new show, ?œAndy Warhol?™s Dream America?? Andy puts it best; ?œIf you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There?™s nothing behind it.??/P>