Fast Forward Exhibition
Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood
Photographs by Lauren Greenfield
The 46 photographs in the Fast Forward exhibition reveal the impact of Hollywood's values on the everyday lives and rituals of many young people in Los Angeles. Although the influence of the entertainment industry is indelible and unique, the values that these young trend-setters mirror affect young people nationwide. Greenfield is the recipient of the 1997 ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer for this work.
Through these vivid and often unsettling images of the younger generation in Los Angeles, Greenfield shows a society of precocious and independent young people who seem to be influenced by the same 'cult of image' that imbues the adult world in that city. They appear to be motivated by appearance, materialism, obsession with fame, and the fast life. These are kids with unrestricted freedom, often lacking parental supervision, where a high premium is placed on sophistication, exhibiting behaviors the belie their ages. "You grow up really fast when you grow up in L.A." says Mijanou, one of Greenfield's subjects. "L.A. is so fast-moving, and kids really mature at a young age. It seems like everyone is in a rush to be an adult. It's not cool to be a kid."
Greenfield skillfully depicts the surprising similarities between the affluent children of Westside private schools and the grafitti gangs and party crews of East Los Angeles, with indications that the influences travel in both directions. Rich and poor alike carry pagers, wear 'gangsta' fashion, form crews and posses, blast music about life in the streets, step out at lavish proms, and cruise in stoked up cars.
A Los Angeles native, Greenfield is a product of this environment and she captures her subjects with the informed eye of the insider. Her photographs confirm the media and peer pressures facing the young people of Los Angeles across the socio-economic spectrum. She documents their devotion to appearance through images of 18-year-old Lindsey recovering from plasic surgery, the teen modeling and acting world, a 13-year- old working out with a personal trainer, and others.
American Photo recently named Greenfield one of the 25 most influential photographers working today. Her work is in many collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, the Center for Creative Photography, the Harvard University Archive, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the St. Louis Museum of Art, the Springfield Museum of Art, the Brauer Museum of Art, the University of Kentucky Art Museum, the Jewish Museum of New York, the Davenport Museum of Art, Iowa, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Snite Museum of Art, the Readers Digest Collection, the Hallmark Collection, and the French Ministry of Culture.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Banana Republic, with additional support from the E. T. Harmax Foundation.
Number of works: 46 Dye destruction prints (Cibachrome).
Text panels: 1) Introductory panel by Lauren Greenfield. 2) 18 interview wall texts with placement instructions: Adam, Ari, Brandon, Courtney, Emily, Enrique, Erin, G-Mo, Levon, Lindsay, Mathew and Joshua, Mijanou, Payaso, Scott, Tazmik, Toker, Wendy, Xavier.
Minimum linear feet: 225 running feet required.
Number of crates: 2 crates at 53x33x30”, 1 crate at 38x43x28”.
Insurance: Borrowing venues are responsible for wall to wall insurance coverage.
Availability: 8 week loan periods.
Publication: Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood by Lauren Greenfield. Introduction by Carrie Fisher. Afterward by Richard Rodriguez, Alfred A. Knoph/Melcher Media, May 1997 (Hardcover), Paperback by Chronicle Books, March 2004, 11" x 9 1/2", 128 pages, 80 full color photographs.
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