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Sandy Skoglund: The Artificial Mirror

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Critic's Pick Release Date: 2011-01-26

When Sandy Skoglund’s large-scale photograph The Cocktail Party hit the gallery and museum scene almost two decades ago, it made a big splash. Not only was it screaming orange, funny, and lambasting the rampant consumerism of the Roaring ’80s, it was big. The work depicts a staid middle class hallmark with a slight metaphoric twist: every surface — people, chairs, floor, the works — is covered by Cheez Doodles, the ubiquitous snack food that leaves an iridescent trail on everything it touches. By the end of the century, large-scale photography seemed to dominate the art world. Today, the use of editing tools like Photoshop and the closer-than-life effects of super high-resolution digital cameras have spun a faction of the photographic world back into geekdom, but Skoglund’s work has as much punch as ever. The McNay has acquired the installation work The Cocktail Party, along with its photograph; both will be on view beginning February 15. Join Skoglund Sunday as she discusses her vision and process in a free lecture at the McNay on the eve of installing her work. Free, 2pm, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368,

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