The journeys of eighteen photographers, for whom the American road was muse, are tracked in The Open Road. Shown in chronological order, from the 1950s to today, the photographs featured show America’s changing landscape from its highways and byways; they show the evolution of American car culture and reflect the artists’ explorations of place, time, and self. Highlights include Robert Frank’s black-and-white photographs from his 1955 road trip; seminal color work from William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld; and series from contemporary photographers Alec Soth and Swiss artist duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs.

The Open Road is the first exhibition to consider the American photographic road trip as a genre in and of itself.

Part of the season of travel at the Museum.

Listen to these classic road-trip tunes that our friends at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee put together to accompany your journey through the exhibition.

 

Programs + Events

In Conversation: Artist Alec Soth

Thursday, March 15 | 6:15 PM

Hear this renowned photographer talk about his work and breakout book, Sleeping by the Mississippi. Alec Soth (American, b. 1969) is among the eighteen photographers represented in the exhibition The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip.

Sponsored by: Milwaukee Art Museum's Photography Council

Lubar Auditorium
Free for Members
Free with Museum admission

Gallery Talk: Photography and the American Road Trip

Tuesday, March 27 | 1:30 PM

Track the journeys of eighteen photographers across America’s highways and byways, in The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, with Ariel Pate, assistant curator of photography

Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts
Free for Members
Free with Museum admission

Local Luminaries: Photography and the American Road

Thursday, March 29 | 6:15 PM

Visit the exhibition The Open Road: Photography and the American Road with four distinguished guests from the Milwaukee area, as they offer new perspectives for understanding the works on view. Welcome Carl Bogner, lecturer in film, UWM Peck School of the Arts; Kyle Cherek, host of the television show Wisconsin Foodie; Jasmine Benyamin, associate professor, UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning; and Krisann Rehbein, design educator.

Sponsored by: Milwaukee Art Museum's Photography Council

Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts
Free for Members
Free with Museum admission

Gallery Talk: Photography and the American Road Trip

Tuesday, April 10 | 1:30 PM

Track the journeys of eighteen photographers across America’s highways and byways, in The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, with Ariel Pate, assistant curator of photography

Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts
Free for Members
Free with Museum admission