PDNB Gallery presents The Good Life, an exhibition by Nancy Baron. She introduces her work as follows:
I stepped into a Time Machine to go back to the late 1950’s, to experience the Mad Men, Mid-Century Modern life that my parents lead. I ended up in Palm Springs, California.
It was a beautiful city, with the San Jacinto Mountain range in the background of the Sonoran Desert. The community of homes and hotels designed by famous architects like Richard Neutra, Donald Wexler and Albert Frey represented the swanky life of the movie stars and movie makers of the era.
The fashion was cool, they were wearing 1950’s clothing colored turquoise, mustard yellow, avocado green, pink and red.
But the Time Machine failed me, I never traveled back in time, rather I was in a mid-century modern dream.
Nancy Baron’s photographs of Palm Spring residents, architecture and style illustrate the land where time stood still. Palm Springs has become one of the most popular resorts in the big Grizzly Bear state of California.
Her photographs document a stranger-than-fiction reality. It is an enigma. Residents and visitors love to dress up and live the leisurely lifestyle of this stylish California town. Cocktails, kidney shaped swimming pools, golf, modernist architecture and 50’s fashion are all a part of this nostalgic experience.
Her photographs in PDNB Gallery’s exhibition include the Piazza de Liberace, with leopard wallpaper and a vintage white 1959 Fleetwood Cadillac parked outside. Nancy’s photograph of Bob’s Closet reveals a colorful assortment of sport coats happily worn by a very stylish Palm Springs gentleman. And of course, a poolside image is a requisite, since swimming pools are certainly part of the desert landscape.
Nancy’s interpretation of the desert community has been published in several books: The Good Life: Palm Springs, Palm Springs: The Good Life Goes On, and Palm Springs: Modern Dogs at Home.
Nancy Baron : The Good Life
May 20 – August 19, 2023
150 Manufacturing St., Ste. 203
Dallas, TX 75207