Lee Friedlander: American Monuments

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5 p.m. May 16, 2008 to 5 p.m. Aug. 2, 2008

This exhibition examines national identity as seen by a keen observer, Lee Friedlander. The theme of the “American monument” pervades this decades-long investigation of the social landscape—a photographic genre he formulated in the late 1960s and subsequently refined to a height of finesse. Taking frequent cross-country car trips with his family, Friedlander observed monuments of various sorts cropping up in photographs he took along the way. He began to pursue the theme in earnest.