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October 11, 2017: Lauren Greenfield: GENERATION WEALTH


Mark your calendars for Oct 11th! Lauren Greenfield is coming to speak about her latest project, Generation Wealth. Since the 1990’s Greenfield has been documenting “the influence of affluence” and how the American Dream evolved from “‘Keeping up with the Jones’ to ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’”. Colorful, sad, humorous, and outrageous, her photographs give us access to pivotal moments which led to a culture that highly values the currencies of beauty, youth, fame, and celebrity. Greenfield draws insights from her related photo series and films (THIN, Girl Culture, kids+money, The Queen of Versailles), and makes comparisons to lifestyles around the world. 


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Bonus! Lauren Greenfield will be signing books that night. So bring yours or purchase one there!


Presenter Bio:


Emmy-award-winning photographer/filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield, is a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender, and consumerism for her monographs (Girl Culture, Fast Forward, THIN, Generation Wealth), and documentaries (THIN, kids+money, Queen of Versailles, Generation Wealth).  The Queen of Versailles won her the Best Documentary Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2012.  Her viral ad #LikeAGirl swept commercial awards, including 14 Cannes Lions 2015, was named 3rd Best Ad of the Decade, and earned Greenfield the #1 director/Most Awarded Director by AdAge, the first woman to ever top this list. 


Her latest work, Generation Wealth, was released as a 505-page monograph (Phaidon) and as a museum exhibition in mid-2017. The exhibition originated at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles with the full support of Wallis Annenberg. Generation Wealth opens at the ICP Museum on September 20th, 2017 and will run through January 7th, 2018, after which it will travel to numerous museum in Europe (Oslo, The Hague and Copenhagen). 


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Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
Harvard University
24 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 


The Department of Visual and Environmental Studies is located in the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at 24 Quincy Street in Cambridge, which lies east of the Harvard University campus and the Harvard Square Red Line MBTA Stop; next to the Harvard Art Museums; one block north of Massachusetts Avenue between Broadway and Harvard Street, at 24 Quincy Street in Cambridge. There is a Public Garage in Harvard Square.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017
• 6:45 PM: Doors open
• 7:00-8:00 PM: Program
• 8:00-8:20 PM: Q&A
• 8:30-9:00 PM: Book signing



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