"Roadside America" - Photographs by John Margolies
Photographs by John Margolies, well known chronicler of roadside America, will be on view at
John Harney Associates Office, 19 Main Street, Salisbury during the month of September, 2013. An
opening reception will be held on Sunday September 1st from 5-7pm.
Salisbury, CT, August 22, 2013 --(PR.com)-- “Roadside America”
Photographs by John Margolies, well known chronicler of roadside America, will be on view at John
Harney Associates Office, 19 Main Street, Salisbury during the month of September, 2013. An opening
reception will be held on Sunday September 1st from 5-7pm.
Described as “ beautiful, comical, sad, and often sublime" by The New Yorker, Margolies's images are
truly American, democratic and individualistic. His work promises to endure, inspire, and inform long
after the structures they represent have vanished. These photographs give a varied picture of 20th Century
American vernacular architecture and signage: gas stations, movie theaters, motels, miniature golf
courses and diners - the exotic, improvisational, outrageous furnishings of the great open spaces. John
Margolies spent over three decades and drove more than 100,000 miles documenting these fascinating
and endearingly artisanal examples of roadside advertising and fantasy structures, a fast-fading aspect of
Americana. Margolies's entire repertoire of these iconic images has been recently acquired by the U.S.
Library of Congress.
"This is a forgotten portion of the great American architectural heritage, and John Margolies is perhaps
the leading historian in this field.... It is vital for us ... to see America through his eyes."- Philip Johnson,
The End of the Road
"The results [the photographs] are beautiful, comical, sad, and often sublime."
-"Book review: Roadside America," The New Yorker, August 16 & 23, 2010
"The John Margolies archive of photographs of American roadside architecture is acknowledged as the
most comprehensive study of this subject extant."
-Leanne Mella, Visual Arts Program Specialist, United States Department of State
"Some people are obsessed with collecting Louis XIV furniture, others with beer cans or butterflies. John
Margolies is obsessed with the architectural flora and fauna of American main streets, roadsides, movie
theaters and resort areas--the exotic, improvisational, outrageous furnishings of the great open spaces. In
the process he has helped preserve a portion of our common heritage by documenting thousands of
buildings, many of them just months or even days before the bulldozers were to carry them away for
good." -Phil Patton, Smithsonian Magazine
"Mr. Margolies, America's premier chronicler of architectural kitsch, is known for books that celebrate
the weird delights of miniature golf courses, fading Catskills resorts and dilapidated roadside diners."
-Herbert Muschamp, The New York Times
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