May 4, 2021
May 4, 2021

Tupperware, Bee Line Fashions, lingerie, wigs and now house plant parties have become popular. Everyone wants to have a fern in their front room, but more important they want to know how to take care of a plant that costs $20.00. Tri-Valley Area, Norther

Our Kind of People

Tupperware, Bee Line Fashions, lingerie, wigs and now house plant parties have become popular. Everyone wants to have a fern in their front room, but more important they want to know how to take care of a plant that costs $20.00. Tri-Valley Area, Northern California

1969–75

Bill Owens

(American, b. 1938)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 16.8 x 21.5 cm (6 5/8 x 8 7/16 in.); Paper: 20.2 x 25.2 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2019.279

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Did you know?

Visiting the United States in the 1830s, French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville observed that Americans “were forever forming associations.”

Description

Owens’s project Our Kind of People, shot mostly in the 1970s, explored American groups and rituals ranging from the Girl Scouts to Halloween parties in his native Northern California. With club membership declining today in America, the kind of formal and informal associations documented by Owens are now an endangered species.

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Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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