March 9th, 2016
This playlist was inspired by the AGO’s exhibition Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s, opening March 12, and compiled by Outsiders co-curator Jim Shedden. Featuring more than 300 works by Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Danny Lyon, Gordon Parks, Garry Winogrand and Kenneth Anger, Outsiders presents unforgettable portraits of American life from some of the most politically turbulent and greatest musical decades in the country’s history. The songs below capture the spirit of each of the artists featured. Plug into the playlist during your visit, or enjoy at home. Repeat plays encouraged.
These are songs that were suggested to me by the artworks in Outsiders. They aren’t meant to comprise a literal soundtrack to the exhibition. They aren’t always historically in synch with the work, nor are they songs that I think the artists knew or approved of. They’re just songs that came to me when I thought about the works in the show.