Gregory Crewdson’s large-scale color photographs explore the psychological underpinnings of the American experience through elaborately staged narratives that take place on the lawns and in the homes of suburbia.
As in filmmaking, his mysterious tableaux arise from carefully orchestrated interplays of posed actors, dramatic lighting, and special effects. The exhibition at the Frist Art Museum featured Crewdson’s Twilight series. These photographs—most taken outdoors between dusk and dark—presented ordinary people frozen in time, pausing in disbelief at some seemingly supernatural occurrence. The collision between the normal and the paranormal produced a tension that transformed the suburban landscape into a place of wonder and anxiety. 2005