Lauren Greenfield: Girl Culture

October 26, 2018–February 24, 2019

Lauren Greenfield’s photographic project Girl Culture, created between 1995 and 2000, is an insightful look at the ways American popular culture has fueled an obsession with appearances among women and girls across the United States. Girl Culture was published as a book in 2002 containing 100 photographs and 20 interviews with subjects.

This installation of selected images from Girl Cultureis presented in conversation with Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection on view through January 6 in the first floor gallery and The Many Faces of Womanhood in East Asia on view through December 9 in the Carol T. Christ Asian Art Gallery on the lower level. Although centuries and cultures apart, these exhibitions address how perceptions of societal norms can affect the ways that girls and women regard themselves, their bodies, their roles, and their worth.

For a Smith student’s perspective on womanhood, view the on-line exhibition, Thinking About Womxn Today by Tara Sacerdote ’18 on the Becoming a Woman exhibition website.


Image: Lauren Greenfield. Born in Los Angeles, 1966. Lives and works in Los Angeles. Contestants in the Fitness America competition pose for a photograph, Redondo Beach, California, from Girl Culture. 1998. Dye destruction print mounted on Plexiglas. Gift of Ann Weinbaum Solomon, class of 1959. © Lauren Greenfield