• William Eggleston, Untitled (Back of Black Car in Green Vines) from the “Los Alamos Project”, 1965–1974, dye-transfer print, 16 x 20".

    The Spectacular of Vernacular

    Ackland Art Museum
    101 S. Columbia Street The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    January 14–April 18, 2012

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Boulevard
    July 23–September 18, 2011

    Walker Art Center
    725 Vineland Place
    January 29–May 8, 2011

    Montclair Art Museum
    3 South Mountain Avenue
    October 8, 2011–January 1, 2012

    Curated by Darsie Alexander

    For this show, Alexander explores regionalism and the culturally specific, calling on some thirty artists to consider the ramifications of the “vernacular”—particularly as formulated by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour in Learning from Las Vegas (1972)—in light of our changing relationship to mass culture during the past four decades. Featuring artists as diverse as Louise Bourgeois, Walker Evans, and William E. Jones, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that includes a substantial essay by Alexander. As the show proposes a newer view of the vernacular as entwined with spectacle, hopefully attention will still be paid to its etymology as firmly located within historical questions of ownership, race, and class.