Americans Looking In

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Americans Looking In
Emilie Ahern and Sherri Littlefield
Edited by Jenna Hamed
Perfect bound book, printed digital offset in full color with a letterpress printed soft cover
8.5 x 11 inches, 128 pages

Exhibition catalogue for Americans Looking In on view at Center for Book Arts October - December 2020. 

The Americans, by Robert Frank, was a highly influential book in post-war American photography. The photographs were notable for their distanced view of both high and low strata of American society and the book as a whole created a complicated portrait of the period, interpreted as skeptical of contemporary values and evocative of ubiquitous loneliness. 

Both curators of this exhibition have reflected on what it means to be “American.” Having multicultural backgrounds and being raised in the States has given them both moments of confusion and frustration, and has led them to wonder what this country has to do with personal identity. When forming this exhibition, the curators presented themselves, artists, editors, leaders and everyday-people with the question - “What is American culture today, and what does an American look like?”

They ask the viewer to consider the question with them starting through the eyes of the artists in this exhibition, leading to self reflection upon exiting the space.