Kim Triedman, Brian Hoffman, LVF//LVX
Thursday August 16, 2018
289 Moody Street, Waltham, MA
Thurs - Sat, 12pm - 6pm
In part by Monique Rancourt Artisan Jewelry, Lincoln Arts Project, Brothers Marketplace, & ID Art Graphic Shop
Local arts organization, Art in Suburbia, is pleased to announce new partnership with some of Waltham’s favourites, including the Lincoln Arts Project, Monique Rancourt, Brothers Marketplace, and ID Art Graphics Shop. The LAP venue, located on 289 Moody Street in Waltham has since been run as an art gallery, which is also home to Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery, The Telephone Museum, and others. Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery offers a variety of handcrafted goods, ranging from jewelry and clothes to woodworking and ceramics.
On August 16th, Art in Suburbia will commemorate the start of these exciting new partnerships with the opening of their upcoming exhibition 'V I N T A G E.’ Centrally focused on the 1950s, it raises the question as to why this era is so romanticized in popular culture. The event will take place on Thursday Aug 16, 2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Catering for the opening reception will also be provided in part by Brothers Marketplace- Waltham.
Why are the 1950s so Romanticized? Art in Suburbia, a Waltham-based nonprofit arts organization, is tackling this question with the use of art and poetry at their new pop-up exhibition on Moody Street, on Thursday, Aug 16, 2018.
‘The 1950s are often portrayed as the ‘Golden Age’ of America”, states Linda Ferrer, Executive Director of Art in Suburbia and Curator of the exhibition, V I N T A G E. But while certain aspects of our country might have been strong and flourishing, this was not the case for all areas of political and psycho-social progress. Romanticizing the era has led many people to think wistfully about the time, but questions remain about whether these ideals are grounded in reality or are merely a fantastic dream.
While on the surface there seems to be plenty of great things about the 1950s, the time period was not as perfect as people might want to believe. Hollywood, Broadway, and the media in general have romanticized this era, and have pushed us to think only of the excitement of fast cars and rock n’ roll, the warm feeling of community and country coming together, and the innocence of home and abstinence with a strong focus on Judeo-Christian values. A large influence in the 1950s was the importance we gave to television and the propaganda that came with it. The end of World War II paved the way for a “new dawn,” and although stepping into a new Cold War brought out a sense of nationalistic pride, the 1950s also were terrifying because of the constant threat of nuclear war. While the Cold War was a very frightening time, it also increased America’s nationalism. This confrontation with the Soviet Union gave Americans a common enemy, and the media's portrayal of communism as “evil” was its justification. America was the country of freedom, and freedom from such evils deepened the status quo of the 1950s.
Another important aspect of the 1950s was the championing of the family unit. The sexual revolution hadn’t occurred yet, and family life centered around stay-at-home moms and working dads was still seen as a goal that all women should strive for. Although women now had the right to vote, they were paid far less than men, expected to marry and become homemakers with few employment opportunities to pursue outside of the home. Statistics today convey a harder pill to swallow, showing that divorce rates, use of prescription medications, and autism in children are at an all time high today in age. "Despite popular opinion," Linda argues, "one must objectively ask what, if any, is the correlation from our modern day culture shift."
Communities and neighborhoods were also closer than ever before, and people seemed to socialize without fearing their neighbors. The modest house with a white picket fence became the “picturesque” dream of all Americans. Suburbia was at its prime. This sense of togetherness is something that has since been lost due to increasing urbanization and fear of rising immigration in the 20th and 21st century.
The Civil Rights Movement itself began in 1955 with Rosa Parks, and although much was accomplished, African Americans were still treated unfairly and were later pushed into terrible standards of living that took off only after the 1950s. Segregation and racial discrimination was a pressing social issue that seems to be emerging once again, taking a new form today through rhetoric and social media.
"Does nostalgia ignite our need to return to such a time? Or is it something deeper?"
While many of our movies and media sources serve to romanticize the 1950s’ sense of home, nationalism, and unity, the reality is that we can never truly know what it was like unless we, ourselves, lived it.
The Opening Reception will be hosted at the Lincoln Arts Project Gallery at 289 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453 on Thursday August 16, 2018 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. Participating artists include Kim Triedman, Brian Hoffman, and LVF//LVX. The event is free to attend, with refreshments provided in part by Brothers Marketplace- Waltham, in partnership with Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery, and with the support of ID Art Graphics Shop.