THE WILD AMERICAN DOGS ARE GREG “THE CROONER” SCOTT AND BEVERLY FRESH. THE WILD AMERICAN DOGS WERE ESTABLISHED IN 1983 AND THEN BECAME A DUO 2013. THE WILD AMERICAN DOGS MAKE EXPERIMENTAL FILMS, PERFORMANCE AND OTHER.
!CURRENT WAD PROJECTS!WILD AMERICAN DOGS REAL BIG TENT REVIVAL
The “Real Big Tent Revival Show,” is a collaborative enterprise that employs mobile vernacular architecture to activate a secularized adaptation of the once familiar “traveling tent revival show” to small rural Midwestern communities.
Until the mid-20th Century, traveling tent revivals functioned throughout rural America as opportunities for local public assembly and interaction with fellow residents and “familiar outsiders,” thereby enhancing community solidarity. We’ve revived, adapted and secularized the tent revival concept as a framework for preserving and studying the production of contemporary public culture within the under-examined rural Midwest.
WILD AMERICAN DOGS REAL BIG TENT REVIVAL (CHICAGO)
One night only! With songs, stories, jokes, cries, grunts, moans, squeals and hollers, this call-and-response show will let you air your lungs out real good! So pick your purse and watch your watch because the WILD AMERICAN DOGS are REALLY SOMETHIN ELSE! Come and see with your own eyes and get ready to be inside of it all!
INSTRUMENTAL Performance Festival, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit (MI)
VFW #3901, Alagonac, Michigan
INVERSE PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL
HJ Miossi Gallery at Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
Also: Black Oak (IN), Colon (MI), Grinnell (IA), Montgomery (IN)
ARCHIVE OF MIDWESTERN CULTURE
The Archive of Midwestern Culture (AMC) is an institutionally recognized scholarly organization whose mission is to document creative life and artistic practice among people living in economically impoverished areas of the rural American Midwest. AMC operates under the auspices of the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at DePaul University. Our particular interest lies in how the performing and visual arts can help to define and sustain culture and community in towns across the routinely overlooked Midwest. underrepresented Midwestern towns. AMC emphasizes the creative methods and outcomes of nonprofessional, folk, and generally underrepresented artists. Through documenting and facilitating individual and community-based performance, the AMC offers a voice and artistic outlet to rural communities whose cultural significance is too often minimized, dismissed and/or marginalized. The creative processes and artforms that we help to create and document will be preserved and further developed through AMC’s dynamic online digital community platform.
AMC OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Recent Grants and Awards:
Provost’s Collaborative Research Fellowship, DePaul University
Humanities Center Fellowship
University Research Council Collaborative Research Grant, DePaul University
University Research Council Grant, DePaul University
Faculty Summer Research Stipend, DePaul University
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Individual Artists Program, City of Chicago
BEVERLY FRESH - REALLY SOMETHIN ELSE
(University of Chicago Press / DePaul Art Museum)
A 270-page experimental “expanded catalog” chronicling the recent work and 2018 solo exhibition of artist Beverly Fresh, the book not only documents and contextualizes the work in the exhibition, but also includes research, sketches, production stills, inspiration and other works not on view in the exhibition. Featuring essays by DePaul Art Museum Director Julie Rodrigues Widholm, DePaul Humanities Center Director H. Peter Steeves, and DePaul Professor of Sociology Greg Scott, and designed by Beverly Fresh himself, the catalog captures the distinct aesthetic of the exhibition.
BUY IT HERE (Amazon)
Emergency Index: An Annual Document of Performance Practice Volume 4, WILD AMERICAN DOGS - ODE 2 MONTGOMERY, Published by: the Bros. Lumiere for Ugly Duckling Press - Brooklyn, New York
Peer-Reviewed by Editors: Yelena Gluzman and Sophia Cleary, Emergency Index