Jason Reblando: New Deal Utopias
April 26–November 2, 2014
City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, 806 N. Michigan Ave.
During the Great Depression, the U.S. government built three planned communities of Greenbelt, Maryland; Greenhills, Ohio; and Greendale, Wisconsin. In photographing these "Greenbelt Towns," I explore the New Deal vision to resettle displaced farmers and poor urban dwellers in model cities which unified the best elements of "town" and country." I create an evocation of utopia as a place and idea in the American mind, while examining how this vision plays out in the contemporary moment. I draw inspiration for my work from my curiosity in power structures and urban planning, in order to explore the complex relationship between humans, nature and the built environment.