Colony Kitchen

Marcia Hafif
Colony Kitchen
Gelatin Silver print, six parts, 1970
8 x 10 inches
Edition one of three
Gift of the artist
2012.013.001-.006

Colony Kitchen (1970) is made up of six gelatin silver prints, and the set in the museum’s collection was the first Marcia Hafif printed in her makeshift darkroom in Laguna Beach. The images are views of Laguna Beach’s Colony Kitchen restaurant and its parking lot from across the Coast Highway. People gather, a Volkswagen bus is present—then the viewpoint shifts to Hafif’s own side of the street, capturing passersby and some parking meters. The sequence of images hints that perhaps something is happening, or just about to happen, although it is impossible to say exactly what. The series is also a documentation of Laguna Beach at a certain moment in time.