October 25, 2002: Headlines: COS - Jamaica: Photography - Jamaica: Photographs do not bend: Photographs of the1970s American suburbs by Jamaica RPCV Bill Owens resulted in the now cult status book, Suburbia, which was originally published in 1973

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Jamaica: Peace Corps Jamaica : The Peace Corps in Jamaica: December 15, 2004: Headlines: COS - Jamaica: Photography - Jamaica: Tekemedia: For the first time in Italy an anthological exhibition dedicated to the American photographer Bill Owens (RPCV Jamaica), which permits the vision of the complete cycle of works regarding the American middle class life style, realized from the beginning of the Seventies till now : October 25, 2002: Headlines: COS - Jamaica: Photography - Jamaica: Photographs do not bend: Photographs of the1970s American suburbs by Jamaica RPCV Bill Owens resulted in the now cult status book, Suburbia, which was originally published in 1973

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Photographs of the1970s American suburbs by Jamaica RPCV Bill Owens resulted in the now cult status book, Suburbia, which was originally published in 1973

 Photographs of the1970s American suburbs by Jamaica RPCV Bill Owens resulted in the now cult status book, Suburbia, which was originally published in 1973

Photographs of the1970s American suburbs by Jamaica RPCV Bill Owens resulted in the now cult status book, Suburbia, which was originally published in 1973

Bill Owens: SUBURBIA
October 25 November 30, 2002

Artist Reception
Friday, October 25 from 6 8 PM

Photographs of the1970s American suburbs by Bill Owens resulted in the now cult status book, Suburbia, which was originally published in 1973. This book documents a mixture of families living in their newly built tract housing thirty years ago. Photographs from this important essay are featured in the exhibition at PHOTOGRAPHS DO NOT BEND gallery.

After World War II, Bill Levitt developed the concept of building cities like Ford produced cars. His Levitt Town in New York appealed to a new middle class that demanded affordable housing and a better living environment for their children. Factory built houses sprung up across the nation by the millions. Bill Owens documented one of these cookie cutter towns, Sunsetown, in California, the subject of this exhibition.

These photographs reflect the lifestyle of that new middle class. Rows and rows of housing that look the same, but inside each family leaves their individual mark. Families with disposable incomes moved into their bright new future and started filling their new, empty homes with furniture, wall decorations, tv sets, and of course new cars the ultimate status symbol. Remember shag carpeting, avocado colored appliances, block parties, neighborhood fireworks and Tupperware Parties? All are featured in this group of photographs that were originally meant to respectfully document the new bourgeois.

This new way of life had its criticism. They thought suburban lives would become as indistinct as the housing they lived in. Some say it is worse now than ever. A new system of values and desires developed that resulted in the suburban mall and cinemas, the dependence on automobiles, fast-food restaurants and concrete freeway systems that exceed the imaginings of 50 years ago.

PHOTOGRAPHS DO NOT BEND gallery is pleased to present this extraordinary photography exhibit and to also have Bill Owens here for the opening reception. Owens will also give a lecture about this series of photographs at the University of Texas at Dallas on Saturday evening, October 26th, 7 PM at Jonsson Performance Hall, Richardson, Texas. Details regarding the lecture are below.

Bill Owens: Suburbia
Artist lecture, sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities, UTD.
Saturday, October 26, 2002 @ 7 PM
Jonsson Performance Hall of the
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas





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