Envisioning the American Dream
is "a visual remix of the American Dream as pictured in Mid-Century media" that discusses topics such as Man and Machines
, Vintage Advice for Cheaters
, and Suburbia for Sale
, amongst many others.
Ephemeral New York
'chronicles an ever-changing, constantly reinvented city through photos, newspaper archives, and other scraps and artifacts that have been edged into New York’s collective remainder bin.' [more inside]
was a Philadelphian artist who created original and iconic illustrations and paintings found on posters for several popular 1970s and 80s American movies, including Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome
, The Dark Crystal
, Raiders of the Lost Ark
, and The Sting
. He also created unique artwork for TV Guide
covers, as well as album cover art
for Bette Midler and others. His Time
cover featuring Lily Tomlin
to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
Let Me Show You Vermont
. Sketches and other imagery of small-town Vermont from Susan Abbott
: "Revolutionary Road," based on Richard Yates's 1961 novel of the same name, is the latest entry in a long stream of art that portrays the American suburbs as the physical correlative to spiritual and mental death.
Innocence is constructed by disavowing things that are right in front of your face.
Richard Halpern, professor of English at Johns Hopkins University, published a different take on Norman Rockwell's art in Norman Rockwell: The Underside of Innocence
. He looks below the idyllic surface of nostalgic Americana and sees unwitting voyeurism
and blurred boundaries "between asexual friendship and Eros"
. Naturally, many Rockwell fans don't want to hear this about their beloved painter of innocence: an article
about this book in the Boston Globe
drew quite a few scathing comments
logins for the Boston Globe
"I am at war with the obvious",
photographer William Eggleston
once said, explaining his attraction to a ceiling lightbulb engulfed in a shock of red or an old Gulf gasoline sign sprouting like a giant weed against a rural skyline. Attempting to understand that battle
, filmmaker Michael Almereyda
trailed the photographer in action
and in repose
over a period of five years. The resulting film
is "William Eggleston in the Real World
". More inside.,
The House on the Rock
in Neil Gaiman's American Gods
, worked on by the mysterious Dr. Evermor
... in your face, Frank Lloyd Wright!
: Antique American Posters.
An exhibit of the art of Radebaugh
and what the future looked like from the 50's.
"The post-World War II optimism that pervaded the nation extended to the not-too-distant future, with its promise of spaceship-traveled skyways whirring in a utopia of streamlined cityscapes.
Now, the works of A.C. Radebaugh -- a top illustrator of the day whose works helped define that future-vision -- are being shown in a retrospective at a quirky art gallery obsessed with Americana of the mid-20th century."