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  • Julian Rosefeldt, American Night, 2009, five-channel HD video installation, color, sound, 40 minutes 42 seconds.

    Julian Rosefeldt

    Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

    In his sumptuous forty-one-minute, five-channel video installation American Night, 2009, Julian Rosefeldt mines tropes of the western movie genre: the waiting woman, the gunslinger, the lonesome wanderer. One screen features a shawled woman in front of a log cabin looking out across the landscape, another a man on horseback riding through wilderness, and a third an archetypal Wild West street. Characters with dialogue are shown on the fourth and fifth screens, which depict an evening campfire and a saloon brawl. These sweeping scenes are occasionally punctuated by anachronous imagery and dialogue

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