Posts Tagged ‘Suburbia’

Bill Owens: Suburbanites and Socialites at Mills College Art Museum

Bill Owens. Untitled [Baton Practice], ca. 1973. Gelatin silver print, 7 7/8 x 10 in. Gift of Marion Brenner and Robert Harshorn Shimshak. Courtesy of Mills College Art Museum, Oakland.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you Maria Porges’ review of Bill Owens: Suburbanites and Socialites at Mills College Art Museum. The author notes, “When I think about the tidal wave of changes that were moving through the political and sociocultural landscape at that time, there is something both tender and awful about the reality Owens captured. It is a reality we[…..]

Larry Sultan: Here and Home at LACMA

Larry Sultan. Discussion, Kitchen Table, from the series “Pictures from Home,” 1985; chromogenic print; 30 x 40 in. Photo courtesy of the Estate of Larry Sultan.

“Isn’t imagination really the final measure of intelligence?” — Larry Sultan Picture it: golf courses, lawn furniture, sprinklers, empty pools, groceries, plush carpets you can almost feel under your feet, sunglasses, bulky watches, a Dodger’s game droning on TV, frosted glass, floor-to-ceiling curtains, a pink terry-cloth tracksuit, patterned linoleum, and green—the pervasive chartreuse of freshly cut grass or new growth is evident in almost every single[…..]

Blast from the Past?

"It’s fun to break up the glass. We’re doing our thing for ecology and the Boy Scouts will give us a badge for working here." From the “Suburbia” series, 1971. Gelatin silver print. 14 x 11 inches. Courtesy of the San Jose Museum of Art.

Flipping through Suburbia, Bill Owens’s now seminal examination of suburban life in 1970s California, I find my initial responses closely resemble the way I recall feeling as I watched “Leave it To Beaver” or “I Love Lucy” as a child: amusement, plus a sense of distance from my own way of life.  After scanning the book, I pass it over to my father. A grin[…..]