Selling an American Dream: Australia's Greek Cafe: a nationally touring exhibition at Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 13 February – 13 March 2016

Leonard Janiszewski (Curator), Effy Alexakis (Curator)

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Abstract

Greek cafes in Australia were a "Trojan Horse" for the Americanisation of this nation's eating and social-cultural habits from the very start of the 20th century. They initially introduced American commercial food-catering ideas, technology and products and later influenced the development of cinema and popular music. The Greek cafe helped "transform" Australian popular culture. This nationally touring exhibition not only looks at how this was done, but also the personal stories of those involved. Containing over 120 photographic images, associated extended captions, various 3D objects and a DVD presentation, the exhibition is travelling to most capital cities and some regional venues over a period of 8 years. Components of the exhibition change slightly at each venue to accommodate local images and items.
LanguageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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American Dream
Art
Venues
Cafe
Touring Exhibition
Capital City
Americanization
Popular Culture
Habit
Photographic Images
Popular music
Food
Captions
Cinema

Keywords

  • Greek cafes
  • Greek milk bars
  • Australian history popular culture
  • exhibition curation
  • Photography
  • soda fountains
  • social history exhibitions
  • Americanisation

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