Monday, June 14, 2010

Le rêve américain...

I saw the weirdest poster the other day for an exhibit at Le Parc de la Villette called Le rêve américain...   The website describes the exhibit as being "une vision critique d'une génération ancrée dans la société américaine des années 70-90" (a critical look at a generation anchored in American society from the 1970s-1990s).  Just from the description and the name of the exhibition it doesn't sound completely promising; it sounds like it is going to be critical of American society and culture.  But then, as if there was any doubt, this was the poster:
I especially love how they linked the American dream to a fat, bald man who is poorly dressed in dirty clothes, wearing a baseball cap, holding a beer and riding his John Deere tractor.  Is this really what people really think of Americans?  Because if it is then I'm insulted, embarassed, surprised and angry all at the same time.

When I clicked for further information about the exhibit it seems it is a collection of sculptures by an artist called Duane Hanson which are supposed to depict the typical American and American society from the 70s to the 90s.  For the most part it looks like a collection of sculptures of fat people, but it is apparently supposed to be a statement about how the American dream has really just become a quest for money and power.

I'm pretty sure I won't be going to see this exhibit anytime soon.  But if you are interested it goes until August 15 at the Pavillon Paul Delouvrier at the Parc de la Villette (metro Porte de Pantin) and entrance is free.


  1. That sounds like an exhibition i'd be skipping too! I guess i'm not American enough since my dreams aren't reflected in this guy's work.

    On a random note, i've tagged you over at my blog :)

  2. Ohhhh, with free entrance, I might just have to check this out. I like free stuff and this is close to me.

    Yeah, I dunno. I know some actual people like that guy on the mower, lol. Unfortunately. Heh.

    Maybe I will check it out and let you know if it is as bad as it seems it could be...

  3. Yeah, if you check it out let me know what you think. I'm curious in that way that people are curious about a plane want to look but you don't want to see the death and disaster!