Circus Americanus

ISBN-10: 1859840035
ISBN-13: 9781859840030
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ralph Rugoff
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Description: Circus Americanus is a riotous excursion through America's changing visual landscape. Exploring its remote corners and bizarre byways, Ralph Rugoff takes us on a tour of theme park slums and mystical police cars, futurist war and the "aesthetics of  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 11/17/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 8.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298

Circus Americanus is a riotous excursion through America's changing visual landscape. Exploring its remote corners and bizarre byways, Ralph Rugoff takes us on a tour of theme park slums and mystical police cars, futurist war and the "aesthetics of safe chaos." With an idiosyncratic eye for detail, he maps a culture in which "reality" has become just another theme, revealing an America much stranger than the glamorous kitsch of its surfaces. Whether he is writing about Las Vegas casinos, forensic cartoons, the enigma of Napoleon's preserved penis or the aesthetics of sewage treatment, Rugoff considers everyday marvels with a concern for how we live together in a world beyond belief.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Circus Americanus
Gambling with Reality: The New Art of Las Vegas
Sea World Tales
Theme Park Slums
The Largest Free Event in California
Honey, I Shrunk the City
Courses in Seduction
Farewell, My Ferris Wheel
Christo's Umbrella Liability
Heavenly Vehicles
Investigating a Public Disappearance
Excremental Journey
World Under Glass
Statues of Limitation: The Privatization of Public Art
Gun Rites
Building a Lost Future
Tijuana's Soldier of Fortune
The Illuminating Disappearance of Robyn Whitlaw
Street Medallions
The Last Public Sculpture
A Conspiracy of Vitrines
A Conspiracy of Vitrines: The Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace
Mothership Hubbard: The Scientology Collection
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
Jump-cut to Auschwitz: The Beit Hashoah Museum of Tolerance
Arrested Artifacts: The LA County Sheriff's Museum
Gene Autry and the Marlboro Man
The Liberace Museum
Collecting Napoleon's Penis
Pathological Beauty: The Mutter Museum
Spectacular Bodies
Ripped and Shredded
O Supermodel
Children and Other Miniature Collectibles
The Surgical Revolution
Lucha Libre: World without Borders
Living Large
Seeing Double
Pictures from a Futurist War
Brave Nude World
On Forensic Photography
Head Shots
Crime Storyboard: Welcome to the Post-rational World
Sentimental Surveillance
The New Hollywood Park

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