Graham made this photograph of a roadside diner three years after his landmark photo-essay "Homes for America" appeared in Arts magazine (December 1966). In that piece, the artist related the serial, repetitive patterns and primary structures of Minimalism to the postwar tract housing of Levittown, New York, and Fairlawn and Jersey City, New Jersey-architectural emblems of the suburban alienation and social anomie described in magazines like Esquire and sung about acidly by groups like the Beatles and the Kinks. Dated "69" in reverse on the restaurant's advertisement for chicken dinner, Graham's photograph also drops an ironic dose of late 1960s mysticism on the Establishment in the yin-yang symbol seen when inside looking out.
Inscription: Inscribed, signed, and dated in pencil on mount, recto BLC to BRC: "View from Highway Restaurant Adjacent to Housing Development, Jersey City, N.J. // Dan Graham 1969"
the artist; [Marian Goodman Gallery, New York]; private collection, New York; [Addison Thompson, New York]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969," June 25, 2013–January 26, 2014.