DVD video installation with objects, edition 1 of 3
Museum purchase with funds provided through prior gift of Lois Outerbridge
In Coyoteria, young Mexican artist Yoshua Okon revisits Joseph Beuysï¿½s legendary 1974 performance ï¿½I like America and American Likes Me,ï¿½ during which Beuys spent a week living in a New York gallery with a coyoteï¿½with only a felt blanket and a cane to protect himselfï¿½as a meditation on the relationship between nature and culture. In his update of the performance, Okon evokes a post-colonial version of the coyote by employing a human ï¿½coyoteï¿½ from Mexico Cityï¿½a man known for trickery, greed and exploitation who is hired by average citizens to mediate between themselves and the government. In Coyoteria, Okon interacts with the ï¿½coyoteï¿½ armed only with a blanket and a police nightstick. The coyote, dressed in a flashy suit, taunts Okon, growling and pacing in the space, taking on the mannerisms of his animal counterpart. Not only does Okonï¿½s Coyoteria revisit Beuyï¿½s examination of manï¿½s relationship to nature, he also addresses issues of class, corruption, and the subjugation of man by man.