Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood
This exhibit features 43 photographs by Lauren Greenfield, documenting the experience of young people growing up in Southern California in the mid 1990s. While the photographs themselves are specific to one unique geographic location, the issues and experiences that are examined could be part of the teen experience anywhere. The youths struggle with the influence of wealth, racial and economic prejudice, drugs, sex and an image-based culture that glorifies youth, beauty and celebrity. Greenfield's photographs of Beverly Hills teens working out with personal trainers are set next to images of East Los Angeles graffiti artists. In all cases, whether recording the rich or poor, the overall impression is that to grow up as a teenager in Los Angeles is to grow up quickly, as both the illusions of Hollywood and the neighborhood peer pressure of the youth culture itself dominate the lives and rituals of the young. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space.
Crossroads: A Teen Response to Life in Salt Lake City
A diverse group of high school students from throughout the Salt Lake Valley came together to create "Crossroads: A Teen Response Life in Salt Lake City," a two-part exhibit consisting of photographic works and a multimedia collaboration between the Salt Lake Art Center and Spy Hop Productions, a local non-profit Media Studio. "Crossroads: A Teen Response Life in Salt Lake City" was comprised of over 600 photographs that give give the viewers a "real-life" look into Salt Lake's youth culture. Exhibit held in the Street Level Gallery space.