The suburbs have been a place of endless fascination in popular culture since Americans began spilling out of cities following World War II. A suburban home—the great symbol of the American Dream—remains a marker of success and a shining emblem of wholesome, American life.

However, for all their idealization, the rows of near-identical suburban houses are often viewed with suspicion. Is everything really as perfect as it seems? 

Always Greener explores the fantasies and realities of American suburban life through the MFAH collections of photography, prints, and drawings. Among the artists represented are Diane Arbus, Philip Guston, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, and Larry Sultan.

Always Greener: Seeing and Seeking Suburbia—Selections from the Museum’s Collection | August 21, 2018–February 3, 2019

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.