It's kind of wild to think that the first generation of adults to grow up in minivans are walking the streets right now. Actually, the first generation of Americans conceived in minivans just graduated from college. Let's do the math:
Nov. 1983: Dodge Caravan hits the road
Nov. 1983: Mom&Dad hit it in the back seat.
Aug. 1984: Zachs & Brittanys start popping up like mushrooms on a shady lawn.
Sept. 1989: Though they just make the cutoff for kindergarten, parents hold the kids back a year to improve their chances for the Ivies.
Sept. 1990: Gifted & Talented K-12 march begins.
Sept. 2003: Oberlin welcomes the Class of '07.
We live in historic times. Which makes Brooklyn artist Elaine Kaufmann's project, Minivan, all the more resonant with the voice of this, The Voyager Generation, who have come up never knowing the inconvenience of an unheld cup or rear-facing third seat-induced nausea:
Minivan is an artist's book that imagines these vehicles (and their drivers) as hip and adventurous. Black and white photographs of fourteen different models of minivans are each accompanied by a haiku that celebrates their design and cultural import.Good stuff. There are several photos, but not, alas, haiku, on Kaufmann's site. And a nice discussion of her work on Paddy Johnson's blog, Art Fag City.