Worlds Away New Suburban Landscapes

ISBN-10: 0935640908
ISBN-13: 9780935640908
Edition: 2008
List price: $34.95
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Description: The suburbs have always been a fertile space for imagining both the best and the worst of modern social life. Portrayed alternately as a middle-class domestic utopia and a dystopic world of homogeneity and conformity--with manicured suburban lawns  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Walker Art Center
Publication date: 2/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

The suburbs have always been a fertile space for imagining both the best and the worst of modern social life. Portrayed alternately as a middle-class domestic utopia and a dystopic world of homogeneity and conformity--with manicured suburban lawns and the inchoate darkness that lurks just beneath the surface--these stereotypes belie a more realistic understanding of contemporary suburbia and its dynamic transformations. Organized by the Walker Art Center in association with the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art, "Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes" is the first major museum exhibition to examine both the art and architecture of the contemporary American suburb. Featuring paintings, photographs, prints, architectural models, sculptures and video from more than 30 artists and architects, including Christopher Ballantyne, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Gregory Crewdson, Estudio Teddy Cruz, Dan Graham and Larry Sultan, "Worlds Away" demonstrates the catalytic role of the American suburb in the creation of new art and prospective architecture. Conceived as a revisionist and even contrarian take on the conventional wisdom surrounding suburban life, the catalogue features new essays and seminal writings by John Archer, Robert Beuka, Robert Breugmann, David Brooks, Beatriz Colomina, Malcolm Gladwell and others, as well as a lexicon of suburban neologisms.

Foreword
Worlds Away and the World Next Door
A conversation with Andrew Blauvelt and Tracy Myers
Our Sprawling, Supersize Utopia
Learning from Levittown: A Conversation with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
In Praise of Chain Stores: They aren't destroying local flavor, they're providing variety and comfort
The View through the Picture Window: Surveillance and Entrapment Motifs In Suburban Film
Intermediate Landscapes: Constructing Suburbia In Postwar American Photography
Suburban Aesthetics Is Not an Oxymoron
New Urbanism's Subversive Marketing
Campus, Estate,and Park: Lawn Culture Comes to the Corporation
The Afterlife of Big Boxes: Aconversation with Julia Christensen
The Terrazzo Jungle: Fifty years ago, the mall was born. America would never be the same
Learning from Sprawl
A Lexicon of Suburban Neologisms
Artist Biographies
Exhibition Checklist
Index
Lenders to the Exhibition
Reproduction Credits

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