The American Trip

The exhibition The American Trip, curated by Philip Monk, featured the work of Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Cady Noland and Richard Prince. Monk’s essay focuses on the fascination in American culture with the outlaw, outcasts and margins of society. The title refers to a constant theme in American cultural dynamics of the rejection of family and reformation of community, which is now expressed in the subcultures of the margins. What starts as a celebration by artists, is appropriated by the mainstream media and ends as a panic in the press. Nowhere is the fear greater than in the heart of the American family that the enemy is within and that the kids are not “alright.” The images of individuals in the exhibition show them not to be traditional outlaws. They are, as the artists celebrate, the girl-or boy-next door.

Text: Monk Philip. cm 23×30; pp. 64; COL and BW; paperback. Publisher: The Power Plant, Toronto, 1997.

ISBN: 9780921047070 | 092104707X

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ID: OP-1798

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The exhibition The American Trip, curated by Philip Monk, featured the work of Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Cady Noland and Richard Prince. Monk’s essay focuses on the fascination in American culture with the outlaw, outcasts and margins of society. The title refers to a constant theme in American cultural dynamics of the rejection of family and reformation of community, which is now expressed in the subcultures of the margins. What starts as a celebration by artists, is appropriated by the mainstream media and ends as a panic in the press. Nowhere is the fear greater than in the heart of the American family that the enemy is within and that the kids are not “alright.” The images of individuals in the exhibition show them not to be traditional outlaws. They are, as the artists celebrate, the girl-or boy-next door.