The Open Road
Jan 26 – Apr 22, 2018

Ryan McGinley

“What should happen at the end of a road trip? A return to the status quo? A revolutionary new beginning? A few minor adjustments to one’s outlook? Obviously it is not enough to drive West and arrive in the Promised Land…”

–David Campany, A Short History of the Long Road

After World War II, the American road trip began appearing prominently in literature, music, movies, and photography. While the myth of the American frontier had long engaged artists, and key photographers such as Walker Evans and Edward Weston made seminal trips through America in the 1930s and 1940s, many more photographers purposefully embarked on trips during the post-World War II era in order to create work about America or better understand their place in it.

 

Justine Kurland

Justine Kurland

The Open Road considers the photographic road trip, from Robert Frank – whose 1955 road trip resulted in The Americans (1958) – to present day, as a genre in and of itself. This is the first exhibition and book to explore the story of the American photographic road trip – one of the most distinct, important, and appealing themes of the medium. The exhibition presents the story of nineteen photographers for whom the American road was muse. Presented in chronological order, the featured artists and road trips represent the evolution of American car culture, the idea of the open road, and how photographers embraced the subject of America in order reflect on place, time, and self.

 

William Eggleston

William Eggleston

Curator David Campany is one of the best-known and most accessible writers on photography. His books include Walker Evans: The Magazine Work (2013), Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (2011), Photography and Cinema (2008), and Art and Photography (2003). His essays have appeared in numerous books and he contributes regularly to Aperture, Frieze, Photoworks, and Oxford Art Journal. Campany lives and works in London, where he is a reader in photography at the University of Westminster.

 

Joel Meyerowitz

Stephen Shore

Denise Wolff is senior editor at Aperture and is known for her work with both contemporary and historic photography. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon Press. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work on many beautiful books, including monographs with such established photographers as Roger Ballen, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, and Stephen Shore, as well as first books, retrospectives, and large survey anthologies on a variety of subjects – from portraiture to photographic albums.

 

Inge Morath

Stephen Shore

Photographs by Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha, Inge Morath, Garry Winogrand, Joel Meyerowitz, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Jacob Holdt, Stephen Shore, Bernard Plossu, Victor Burgin, Joel Sternfeld, Alec Soth, Todd Hido, Ryan McGinley, Justine Kurland, and Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Open Road / Photography and the American Road Trip
January 26 – April 22, 2018
Milwaukee Art Museum / Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts
Organized by Aperture Foundation
Curated by David Campany and Denise Wolff
Please visit the exhibition page >

Festival Circulation(s) / 2020
March 14 – May 10, 2020
A festival dedicated to emerging photography in Europe, each year it reveals the vitality of young creation and speaks...
+
International Women’s Day
March 8, 2020
Often our better halves, and with whom we could not be without, we renew our commitment to engage. Once...
+
Gerhard Richter: Painting After All
March 4 – July 5, 2020
This exhibit considers Richter's six decade long preoccupation with the dual means of representation and abstraction to explore the...
+
SHOW OFF: Austrian Fashion Design
February 14 – July 12, 2020
Time travel through fashion design from the 80s to today to view the wide spectrum of designers connected with...
+
Thirty Years of Women
February 7 – April 11, 2020
This exhibit draws from Jackson Fine Art’s 30 year history of showing some of the most distinguished female voices...
+
ARTPIL / Prescription .110
A Spectre is Haunting Europe
In fact take my body who will, take it I say, it is not me... And come a stove...
+
Asikainen, Chin, and Houghton
Jan 25 – Apr 26, 2020
BALTIC 39 is proud to present three solo exhibitions with artists Henna Asikainen, Kara Chin, and Ben Jeans Houghton....
+
Reading Time in Space
Modernism at mumok
This exhibit traces passages of time and artistic concepts, accounting the idea of an expanded concept of art, one...
+
Festival Circulation(s) / 2020
March 14 – May 10, 2020
A festival dedicated to emerging photography in Europe, each year it reveals the vitality of young creation and speaks...
+
International Women’s Day
March 8, 2020
Often our better halves, and with whom we could not be without, we renew our commitment to engage. Once...
+
Gerhard Richter: Painting After All
March 4 – July 5, 2020
This exhibit considers Richter's six decade long preoccupation with the dual means of representation and abstraction to explore the...
+
SHOW OFF: Austrian Fashion Design
February 14 – July 12, 2020
Time travel through fashion design from the 80s to today to view the wide spectrum of designers connected with...
+
Thirty Years of Women
February 7 – April 11, 2020
This exhibit draws from Jackson Fine Art’s 30 year history of showing some of the most distinguished female voices...
+
ARTPIL / Prescription .110
A Spectre is Haunting Europe
In fact take my body who will, take it I say, it is not me... And come a stove...
+
Asikainen, Chin, and Houghton
Jan 25 – Apr 26, 2020
BALTIC 39 is proud to present three solo exhibitions with artists Henna Asikainen, Kara Chin, and Ben Jeans Houghton....
+
Reading Time in Space
Modernism at mumok
This exhibit traces passages of time and artistic concepts, accounting the idea of an expanded concept of art, one...
+