(top) Families, Children, Waiter, New Highway Restaurant, Jersey City, NJ; (bottom) General Motors Factory, Highland Park, MI

Dan Graham

1967

Dan Graham began using photography in the mid-1960s as a means to critique the advance industrial society of post-war America. By juxtaposing the image of a highway restaurant to a General Motors factory, Graham seeks to observe the congruent relationship between automobile manufacturing and the mass production of fast food. The diagonal line that traverses the lower image–the blurry segment of a chain-link fence–is perhaps a metaphor through which we, as viewers, may distance ourselves from the narratives of consumption suggested by these apparently banal photographs.

  • Titles (top) Families, Children, Waiter, New Highway Restaurant, Jersey City, NJ; (bottom) General Motors Factory, Highland Park, MI (Proper)
  • Artist Dan Graham, American, born 1942
  • Medium two color coupler prints
  • Dimensions each 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (26.7 x 34.3 cm) frame: 39 1/2 x 30 in. (100.3 x 76.2 cm)
  • Credit Line Museum purchase with funds in memory of Rena Hill Selfe, 1998.65, image © Dan Graham. Used by permission.
  • Work Type photographs
  • Classification Photographs