Creator: Izzie Levinson
Date Created: 2012
Name of the Document: A New American Picture
Context: Artist Doug Rickard uses Google Street View to capture some of the country’s poorest communities in a project entitled “A New American Picture.” The artist’s works have been featured around the country, most prominently at the Museum of Modern Art.
Potential relevance for the future: The work has been problematized for its use of modern, accessible technologies as a means of surveillance on low-income communities, predominantly those of people of color, by a white male artist such as Rickard. In this, the project demonstrates the complex nature of such contemporary resources as Google Street View, calling into question the aims of such a project and the statements (both intentional and not) that the work makes about our current economic and cultural climate.
Other relevant headings: Google, surveillance, poverty, race, MoMA, contemporary art, new media art