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Ant Farm, a collaborative art and design group established in 1968, created inflatable structures, action art and multi-media pieces for the purpose of public display and performance. In the midst of the free speech movement and anti-war demonstrations, the group saw themselves as part of the cultural underground and set out to create an alternative architecture suited to a nomadic lifestyle: cheap and easy to create and move. Ant Farm is perhaps best known for the "Cadillac Ranch" located in Amarillo, Texas, where 10 Cadillacs are half buried, nose down, in the field as both an act of homage of the history of the tailfin and of critique of the planned obsolescence of the Detroit automobiles. The group abruptly disbanded when a fire in 1978 destroyed their studio, although sparing most of their work. This exhibition will examine the 10-year history of the artist collective that challenged the visual architecture of image, icon and power.

This exhibition is organized by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.


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Ant Farm  1968-1978
Kurator: Constance Lewallen

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
ZKM, Karlsruhe
ICA Philadelphia
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Blaffer Gallery, Houston
Berkeley Art Museum