Worlds Away

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935640908
  • Publisher: Walker Art Center
  • Publication date: 2/16/2008
  • 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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Table of Contents

Foreword Olga Viso Viso, Olga 6

Preface Worlds Away and the World Next Door Andrew Blauvelt Blauvelt, Andrew 10

Introduction A conversation with Andrew Blauvelt and Tracy Myers Katherine Solomonson Solomonson, Katherine 17

Our Sprawling, Supersize Utopia David Brooks Brooks, David 26

Learning from Levittown: A Conversation with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Beatriz Colomina Colomina, Beatriz 49

In Praise of Chain Stores: They aren't destroying local flavor, they're providing variety and comfort Virginia Postrel Postrel, Virginia 70

The View through the Picture Window: Surveillance and Entrapment Motifs In Suburban Film Robert Beuka Beuka, Robert 89

Intermediate Landscapes: Constructing Suburbia In Postwar American Photography Holley Wlodarczyk Wlodarczyk, Holley 101

Suburban Aesthetics Is Not an Oxymoron John Archer Archer, John 129

New Urbanism's Subversive Marketing Ellen Dunham-Jones Dunham-Jones, Ellen 111

Campus, Estate,and Park: Lawn Culture Comes to the Corporation Louise A. Mozingo Mozingo, Louise A. 177

The Afterlife of Big Boxes: Aconversation with Julia Christensen Andrew Blauvelt Blauvelt, Andrew 209

The Terrazzo Jungle: Fifty years ago, the mall was born. America would never be the same Malcolm Gladwell Gladwell, Malcolm 216

Learning from Sprawl Robert Bruegmann Bruegmann, Robert 257

A Lexicon of Suburban Neologisms Rachel Hooper Hooper, Rachel Jayme Yen Yen, Jayme 270

Artist Biographies 305

Exhibition Checklist 317

Index 324

Lenders to the Exhibition 331

Reproduction Credits 332

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