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The Summer of Suburbia

A series of strange and compelling photographs, Bill Owens’s Suburbia (1973), exposes the tensions that exist at the intersection of the American dream and reality.  Utilizing a straightforward and direct photographic style, Owens documented the customs, symbols and social dynamics of various Northern California housing developments.

The exhibition is open during regular museum hours.

Films take place on select dates listed below.

Aug 7 – Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story
An exploration of why Shawn Nelson, a 35 year-old plumber, stole a military tank in May 1995 and went on a rampage in his San Diego suburban neighborhood.

Related Talks And Workshops.   Please arrive early to claim one of the limited seats.

Jul 19 I 1:00 – 5:00p I Free – Slammin’ in Suburbia: A Creative Expression and Spoken Word Workshop. Join the group “Phonetic Spit” in a creative experience involving spoken word poetry. Tour Bill Owens: Suburbia, take part in an interactive writing workshop, and share your voice on an open mic. Light snacks served. In SMoCA Lounge.

Jul 31 I 7:00p I Free – Individualocracy: Urban Sprawl in Phoenix.  How and why do people choose to live in Phoenix? Architect/artist Matthew Salenger (colab studio) and ASU art professors John Risseeuw and Dan Mayer talk about the unique publication that grew out of their five-year collaborative effort to answer this question. In SMoCA Lounge.

Sep 4 I 7:00p I Free – Photography Panel: Seeing Suburbia.  Join Claire C. Carter, SMoCA’s Assistant Curator; Rebecca Senf, Norton Family Curator, Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum; and Bill Jenkins, Associate Professor, Arizona State University for a discussion about the photography of Bill Owens. In SMoCA galleries

 

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