Worlds Away

Worlds Away

by Andrew Blauvelt
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780935640908
Publisher:
Walker Art Center
Publication date:
02/16/2008
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Blauvelt is Design Director and Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where he organized the traveling exhibitions, Strangely Familiar: Design and Everyday Life (2003) and Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses (2005). His writings on design and culture have appeared in such publications as Emigre, Graphis, Eye, Idea, Design Issues, Design Book Review, AIGA Journal, ACD Statements and Zed.

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