American Dreamscape investigates the material culture of the post-World War II American Dream, especially as expressed in designs for the ideal home, and in particular, the post-WWII suburban, single-family home. Utilizing the traditions of vanitas and trompe l’oeil, Johnson endows the iconography of consumerism with deep and overlapping layers of meaning. The overall exhibition that spans three galleries, rather than presenting itself as an abstract ideal like the American Dream, can be contemplated as an object - like a landscape of things.

Curated by Amy. G. Moorefield, American Dreamscape was developed and first exhibited at the Eleanor D. WIlson Museum, Hollins University (2013). The large-scale installation that is Ready-Made Dream which is part of the overall project has also been shown at the Walton Art Center, Fayetteville, AK (2015).

American Dreamscape
American Dreamscape
2013
Video documentary (5 minutes)

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University
3 October - 7 December, 2013
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Ready-Made Dream installation view from gallery entrance
2013

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Early Sunday Morning in the Kitchen
2013
10' x 32' with found object (avocado wall-mounted telephone with extra long cord)
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Ready-Made Dream
2013

View from Early Sunday Morning in the Kitchen

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Detail, Early Sunday Morning in the Kitchen
2013
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Ready-Made Dream installation view. Looking toward Room to Grow.
2013

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Ready-Made Dream. View of Land of Plenty (foreground) and The Forest Room (background)
2013
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Installation view. Room to Grow in Ready-Made Dream.
2013

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Ready-Made Dream installation view
2013

Foreground: Room with a View of Infinity.
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Ready-Made Dream. Room to Grow installation with found objects (Marx doll house furniture on shelf)
2013

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Ready-Made Dream. Room to Grow installation with found objects (Lincoln Logs on a shelf)
2013
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Ready-Made Dream. Entrance with Here and There Room Divider (right)
2013

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Ready-Made Dream. The Forest Room
2013
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Ready-Made Dream. Garage-Hobby Room
2013

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Ready-Made Dream. Mod-style Hearth (left) and Picture Window Looking West (right)
2013
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Ready-Made Dream. Land of Plenty (foreground)
2013

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Ready-Made Dream. Personal Warehouse
2013
SUE JOHNSON American Dreamscape Printed vinyl tablecloth, ceramics from the Incredible Edibles series
Banqueting Table
2007-13
Printed vinyl tablecloth, ceramics from the Incredible Edibles series
16' x 4' x 3' (high)

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Detail, Banqueting Table
2007-13
SUE JOHNSON American Dreamscape
Detail, Banqueting Table
2007-13

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Installation view, Asphalt
2013
70 running feet
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from the series, Asphalt (Signs)
2013

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Installation view, Asphalt
2013
70 running feet
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from the series, Asphalt (Lysol-Fiberglas)
2013

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from the series, Asphalt (Sale)
2013
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Panorama. Main Galllery, Walton Art Center
2015

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Installation view, Early Sunday Morning in the Kitchen
2015

Walton Art Center
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Early Sunday Morning in the Kitchen
2015

Walton Art Center

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Ready-Made Dream
Room with a View of Infinity (left) and Mod-Style Hearth (right)
2015
SUE JOHNSON American Dreamscape Land of Plenty (left) and Room With a View of Infinity (right)
From Ready-Made Dream
2013-15
Land of Plenty (left) and Room With a View of Infinity (right)

Walton Art Center (2015

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Dutch-inspired Personal Warefhouse (left) and Hobby-Room Garage (right)
2013-15

Walton Art Center (2015
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