McDonalds II

Tim Davis, American (born Malawi), born 1969



Chromogenic color print

Overall: 60 × 48 in. (152.4 × 121.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Ninah and Michael Lynne



Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

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Not on view


Tim Davis is engaged in the formal aspects of photography and socially engaged documentary. McDonalds II, part of his Retail series, pictures the famous golden arches of a McDonald’s sign prominently, even ominously, reflecting in this home’s window. There is no sign of life, and this precise composition shows stark contrast between the flaking window frame against the neon lights of this iconic corporate logo. As Davis writes about these works, “I photographed houses at night, each with a reflection in its window from the multinational corporation across the street. The reflections were horrific reminders of the reach of global capital even into our private lives, and at the same time were undoubtedly the most beautiful things I’ve ever rendered; like stained-glass windows in single-storey [sic] American suburbs, or the illuminated capitals of medieval manuscripts.”

From the 2019 exhibition New Landscapes: Contemporary Responses to Globalization, curated by Jessica Hong, Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art

Exhibition History

New Landscapes: Contemporary Responses to Globalization, Class of 1967 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 15-August 18, 2019.


The artist, New Jersey, Connecticut, 2000-2001; Modern Collections LLP, date unknown; private collection; given to present collection, 2018.

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