The City Proper, Margo Leavin Gallery, 2010

Cindy Bernard, Oceanside Pier Amphitheater aka Oceanside Bandshell (City of Oceanside, 1950) Oceanside, California, 2003

The City Proper, Margo Leavin Gallery, 2010

The City Proper, curated by James Welling, Margo Leavin Gallery, November 20 – January 29, 2011

The legacy of New Topographics, the 1975 landmark exhibition at the International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY—of which Gohlke was a part—echoes throughout The City Proper, as photographers train their lens on Southern California’s urban landscape. Predominately focused on images of Los Angeles, these artists underscore the nebulous boundaries of the modern megalopolis and invite new readings of the city that the majority of them call home. These contemporary images re-inscribe the myth of the American West and its historical depiction in romanticized landscape photography with hauntingly empty streets, banal settings, and occasional wry humor.

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