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Suburbia Redefined

“Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes,” on view through May 18 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, exhibits the new realities—and surrealities—of 21st Century suburbia.

Suburbia Redefined

“Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes,” on view through May 18 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, exhibits the new realities—and surrealities—of 21st Century suburbia.

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    Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York

    Benjamin Edwards
    Immersion, 2004
    Learning From Las Vegas meets The Matrix on the enormous, colorful surface of Edwards' 75-by-125-inch canvas. The Washington, D.C., artist collages images of suburbia, technology, and the brand economy into a seductive yet disturbing vision of contemporary life. Watch an animation of the making of Immersion on Edwards' website, benjaminedwards.net.

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    The artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

    Brian Ulrich
    Chicago, IL, from the series
    Copia/Retail, 2003
    Ulrich, a Chicago-based artist, began photographing big-box retail and thrift stores as a response to President George W. Bush's post-9/11 call for Americans to shop and thereby boost the national economy.

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    Paho Mann
    Re-inhabited Circle K's (Phoenix), 2004-2006
    Over the past two decades, hundreds of Circle K convenience stores have been converted to new purposes, from tuxedo rentals to tattoo parlors. Mann, who lives in Texas, documents the buildings' strange fates in photographs and on a website, circlekmap.pahomann.net.

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    Cameron Wittig

    Jessica Smith
    Trash Day, 2007
    Textile designer Smith sends up a weekly suburban ritual in Trash Day, a silk fabric based on 18th century toile de Jouy prints. Other patterns from her company, Domestic Element, satirically appropriate such icons of suburbia as Levittown, freeway interchanges, and the Hummer.

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    Tey Stiteler

    Laura Migliorino
    Egret Street, 2006

    Migliorino, a Minneapolis based artist, confounds the stereotype of suburbanites as white families with a mom, dad, and 2.5 kids. Her portraits of subdivision residents position people of all sorts in front of their own homes and against a superimposed backdrop of the larger neighborhood.

Think the Brady Bunch still epitomizes the suburban experience? “Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes,” on view through May 18 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, exhibits the new realities—and surrealities—of 21st Century suburbia.


  • Tracy Myers
Despite the many artworks on view, Worlds Away is a design-minded exhibition; it was organized by Andrew Blauvelt, design director and curator at the Walker, and Tracy Myers, curator of architecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
    Tracy Myers
    Despite the many artworks on view, "Worlds Away" is a design-minded exhibition; it was organized by Andrew Blauvelt, design director and curator at the Walker, and Tracy Myers, curator of architecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

  • Andrew Blauvelt
Despite the many artworks on view, Worlds Away is a design-minded exhibition; it was organized by Andrew Blauvelt, design director and curator at the Walker, and Tracy Myers, curator of architecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
    Andrew Blauvelt
    Despite the many artworks on view, "Worlds Away" is a design-minded exhibition; it was organized by Andrew Blauvelt, design director and curator at the Walker, and Tracy Myers, curator of architecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art.