Jade Doskow: Lost Utopias

Montreal world's fair globe in the background of a suburban house with solar panels and plants flowing from its façade

Man and His World (2012), Doskow's photo of Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome from the 1967 Montreal World's Fair with solar experimental house, digital c-print, 40" x 50". photo / Jade Doskow

International world's fairs have left behind some of the most unusual and provocative architecture, art, and landscaping on our planet, but often there are complicated issues of preservation and urban public land reuse surrounding these sites after the fairs close. Since 2007, American photographer Jade Doskow has been photographing what remains after the fairs leave town, illustrating in her large-scale photographs the complexities of how modern life reacts and responds to structures and sites that were often intended to be temporary.

Specific sites present magnificent, futuristic structures that epitomize utopian concepts of the future through architecture. In Montréal, a delicate Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome from 1967 rises over an unorthodox suburban house with solar panels and plants ebulliently flowing from its façade. In Brussels, the Atomium, representing a single atom of iron ore magnified 165 billion times, looms behind the Little Europe amusement park. Doskow's photographs provide a compelling portrait of how our modern architectural landscape has been shaped over time.

Doskow is known for her rigorously composed and eerily poetic images that examine the intersection of people, nature, and time. Based in New York City, she holds a B.A. from New York University and an M.F.A. in photography from the School of Visual Arts. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts and International Center of Photography. Her recent monograph Lost Utopias was released by Black Dog London in late 2016, and was included in the top 50 photo books of 2016 by American Photo.

This exhibition was organized by Assistant Professor Jennifer Minner.