Artist Talk: Lauren Greenfield, Generation Wealth

Date: 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Carpenter Center Lecture Hall

Lauren Greenfield ‘87, Emmy-Award -winning photographer/filmmaker, will discuss the 25 year journey that became her latest photography project Generation Wealth.  Introduction by Robb Moss, Chair of the VES Department.

Presented by the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.
Admission is free and open to the public.

6:45 PM: Doors open
7-8 PM: Program
8 - 8:20 PM: Q&A
8:30 - 9 PM: Book signing (books will be available for purchase at the event)

Since the 1990’s Greenfield has been documenting “the influence of affluence” and how the American Dream evolved from “‘Keeping up with the Jones’ to ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’”. Colorful, sad, humorous, and outrageous, her photographs give us access to pivotal moments which led to a culture that highly values the currencies of beauty, youth, fame, and celebrity. Greenfield draws insights from her related photo series and films (THIN, Girl Culture, kids+money, The Queen of Versailles), and makes comparisons to lifestyles around the world.

Emmy-award-winning photographer/filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield, is a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender, and consumerism for her monographs (Girl Culture, Fast Forward, THIN, Generation Wealth), and documentaries (THIN, kids+money, Queen of Versailles, Generation Wealth).  The Queen of Versailles won her the Best Documentary Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2012.  Her viral ad #LikeAGirl swept commercial awards, including 14 Cannes Lions 2015, was named 3rd Best Ad of the Decade, and earned Greenfield the #1 director/Most Awarded Director by AdAge, the first woman to ever top this list. 

Her latest work, Generation Wealth, was released as a 505-page monograph (Phaidon) and as a museum exhibition in mid-2017. The exhibition originated at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles with the full support of Wallis Annenberg. Generation Wealth opens at the ICP Museum on September 20th, 2017 and will run through January 7th, 2018, after which it will travel to numerous museum in Europe (Oslo, The Hague and Copenhagen).