Dec 11 2009

Reflection of the Society

Published by under Looking at Music - MOMA

"Blonde/ Red Dress/ Kitchen"

This exhibit truly encompasses the importance and worth of music as a weapon. In the 1980’s and 1970’s the mixture of punk and rock music was used a s a tool for awakening and inspiring the young artists. The inspiration drawn from the music affected the artists to produce extraordinary works of art that reflected their personal beliefs, political views and social problems or issues of the 70’s and the 80’s.

One artwork that I found immensely fascinating was the Blonde/Red Dress/Kitchen from the series Interior, 1978 by Laurie Simmons. In this picture Simmons criticizes the typical American concept of domesticity in the 70’s and the 80’s. Her picture depicts a brightly colored, vibrant and warm kitchen with a single woman standing beside the kitchen table. In spite of the vibrancy or the warmth of the area the picture reflects the feelings of loneliness. The female working in the kitchen is alienated from the outside world. She is shackled by the norms and expectations of the society (the common viewpoint of seeing woman as a homemaker) and so is unable to experience the wide array of experiences in the outside world.

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4 Responses to “Reflection of the Society”

  1.   Aon 12 Dec 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I agree with Samantha. The picture looks really cool, but I have absolutely no recollection of having seen it…

  2.   Jason Waton 11 Dec 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I agree. I thought that the music was very powerful throughout the whole exhibition.

  3.   harshita parikhon 11 Dec 2009 at 11:29 pm

    that’s because it was pretty small… was not a big piece pf art

  4.   Samanthaon 11 Dec 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I really loved the picture you used for your post but I cannot remember what you’re talking about. Among all the pictures of all the musicians, it seems like this would have really stood out.. but i guess it didn’t make an impression at all.