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How The West Was Fun

  • Author(s): Noland, James
  • Advisor(s): Gallaccio, Anya
  • et al.

How The West Was Fun is a large-scale, participatory installation developed in response to the disappearing American tradition of rattlesnake roundups. The sculptures, video, images, and performances, which comprise the installation, respond to material collected during research trips to the Apache Rattlesnake Festival in Apache, Oklahoma. The exhibition represents a meditation on the American west, notions of masculinity, cultural malaise, leisure activity and humor.

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