Winner of the 2016 Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award, sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians.
The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960-1980by Katherine A. Bussard, Alison Fisher, Gregory Foster-Rice
American cities underwent seismic transformations in the 1960s and '70s, from shifting demographics and political protests to reshaping through highways and urban renewal. Amid this climate of upheaval, photographers, architects, activists, performance artists, and filmmakers turned conditions of crisis into sites for civic discourse and artistic expression. The
American cities underwent seismic transformations in the 1960s and '70s, from shifting demographics and political protests to reshaping through highways and urban renewal. Amid this climate of upheaval, photographers, architects, activists, performance artists, and filmmakers turned conditions of crisis into sites for civic discourse and artistic expression. The City Lost and Found explores photographic and cinematic responses to the changing fabric of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles that contributed to a reconsideration of cities in popular media and urban policy during this period. This book raises timely questions about the role of art within the social, political, and physical landscape of cities.
Featuring contributions from more than 20 noted scholars in fields including art history, urban planning, architecture, and cultural studies, this is the first publication to address an important shift in photographic, cinematic, and planning practices based on close observations of streets, neighborhoods, and seminal events in the country’s three largest cities. Over 200 illustrations bring together works by major artists and newly rediscovered projects to complete this outstanding resource on the art and architectural production during these turbulent decades.
The 1960s and 1970s were a starkly difficult and disruptive epoch in urban America, marked by ethnic violence, skyrocketing crime, pollution, and destructive riots. It was also a time of great aspirations, both among city planners and artists who defied despair and sought to make sense of and respond to the eroding physical and social geographies they encountered. This book accompanies an ambitious exhibition that looks at identifying unity among extremely disparate, dissonant artistic expressions in various media from the period. The schismatic diversity of what took place in the three cities covered makes cohesiveness a tall order. In segments devoted to each place, notable cultural touchstones are evaluated, such as urban activist Jane Jacobs's seminal writings about New York, Barnett Newman's barbed-wire Lace Curtain for Mayor Dailey in Chicago, and the Los Angeles photographer Anthony Hernandez's dystopian "Public Transit Areas" series. Photography curator Bussard (Princeton Univ. Art Museum) and other curators/professors uncover many exceptional, forgotten gems, such as artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles's yearslong performance Touch Sanitation, in which she photographed herself shaking hands with every one of New York's 8,500 garbage collectors. VERDICT Lamentably, the introductory essays are so off-puttingly turgid that readers may rebel too early: anecdotes "emblematize," children "appropriate" sidewalks for playgrounds, the subway is a "synechdoche." Still, the book reveals intriguing wonky and wacky parallel tracks in history—city planning departments and insurgent artists both improvising during a disordered time. An incohesive survey reflecting the chaos of the era.—Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L.
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Meet the Author
Katherine A. Bussard is Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum. Alison Fisher is Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago. Greg Foster-Rice is associate professor of the history of photography, Columbia College Chicago.
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