Jennifer Greenburg: Recalling Americana

A selection of thirty contemporary portraits by Jennifer Greenburg revealing a community living between two moments in time, will be presented at the Hyde Park Art Center. For nearly six years the emerging artist has documented the “Rockabilly” community – a subculture that adopts the looks and values of mid-twentieth century America. These powerful photographs of men, women and children consciously posed in their post-war era modeled living rooms, bedrooms and other interior spaces, explore the beliefs and codes of conduct that define this community. p(callout). The emerging artist has documented the “Rockabilly” community – a subculture that adopts the looks and values of mid-twentieth century America. The predetermined view within the frame represents collaboration between the individual and the artist. Using a manual 4 x 5 view camera to produce 4 x 5 inch negatives has allowed Greenburg to capture greater detail than a 35 millimeter camera. None of the work is digital. The methodical process of this photography requires the camera to sit on a tripod, disrupting any possibility of surprise. Cultivating a relationship with her subjects by sharing same interests in the vintage clothing, music and design championed by the Rockabilly culture, Greenburg has vividly captured a unique wedge of contemporary society.

  • July 2, 2006 – August 20, 2006
  • Gallery 5
Jolie, 2005, c-print, 20 x 24 inches
Jolie, 2005, c-print, 20 x 24 inches

About Jennifer Greenburg

Jennifer Greenburg received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Midwest since 2002 and is included in private and public collections, such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

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