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Pop Culture: A Day in the Life

February 3, 2018- December 2018

Textile Gallery

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No matter the decade, for most of us when growing up the bedroom was our safe haven. It was the place in the house that was truly ours. It was the place where we listened to our music, decorated our walls, and talked to our friends. We all tried to make our bedrooms a sanctuary.

For A Day in the Life, we did not want to do a traditional textile exhibit even though it will be in the PPHM Textile gallery. Instead we want to give a glimpse of how bedrooms have changed, yet in many ways stayed the same throughout the last sixty years. There will be six bedrooms represented. The 1950s, 70s, and 90s will be boys' bedrooms while the 1960s, 80s, and 2000s will be girls' bedrooms. As you take a walk back in time you will be able to see how bedrooms have changed but also see if you can spot any similarities.

In this exhibit we wanted to portray adolescent bedrooms and this gave us the opportunity to explore that stage in a person’s life where they are really shaping their future identity. You’ll notice in some of the bedrooms the vestiges of childhood remain but with new additions that indicate the transition into adulthood. Each bedroom really has its own personality just like any person would put into their own bedroom. Kit Grauer uses Adrienne Salinger’s words to reference this phenomenon in a 2003 article for Visual Arts Research,

“Teenagers are on the edge of rapid change. Their rooms contain all of their possessions, and yet these are the last moments they will be living in their parent’s homes. The past is crammed into the same shelf as the future...Adolescence is often a time before one has learned to navigate public and private moods—a time when people are still vulnerable and unable to make their masks opaque”[1]

Music will play a key role in each bedroom as well. Whether a vinyl, 8 track, cassette, CD, mp3, or radio; music was always one of the biggest parts of any bedroom growing up. Music was there for homework, for a breakup, or to just crank it up and be told to turn the music down. For each room you will be able to listen to the soundtrack that makes each decade unique.

While this exhibit does have some deeper meaning behind it that doesn’t change the fact that it will make you feel like you’re being transported back in time and nostalgia plays a big role in this. We want to give visitors the opportunity to revisit a past life or jump into a new one and share that experience with their friends and family.

[1] Grauer, Kit. "Teenagers and Their Bedrooms." Visual Arts Research 28, no. 2 (2002): 86. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20716067.

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