From Here to There: Alec Soth's America
October 1, 2011 - January 12, 2012
From Here to There: Alec Soth's America provides a focused look at an extraordinary photographer whose compelling images of the American road and its unexpected turns form powerful narrative vignettes. The exhibition will be the artist's first major survey assembled in the United States, exploring over 15 years of his career, and including an extensive new body of work.
Since his inclusion in the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo biennials, Soth's reputation as one of the most interesting voices in contemporary photography has continued to grow. Though he has followed the itinerant path laid forth by photographers such as Robert Frank, William Eggleston, and Stephen Shore, with pictures that probe the individualities of people, objects, and places he comes across, Soth’s is a distinct perspective, one in which the wandering, searching, and the process of telling is as resonant as the record of these remarkable encounters. When considered together, Soth’s pictures offer insight to broader sociologies, and in the process form a collective portrait of an unexpected America.
Featuring more than 100 photographs made between 1994 and the present, From Here to There includes rarely-seen early black-and-white images as well as examples from Soth's best-known series Sleeping by the Mississippi and NIAGARA. An entire section of the exhibition is devoted to broad range of portraits made over the past 15 years in Soth’s native state, Minnesota. The exhibition will also include Broken Manual, a new body of work the artist has been developing since 2006, exploring places of escape in America and individuals who seek to flee civilization for a life off the grid.
Attend: Lecture by Alec Soth on November 4, 2011 at 7.00pm. Sold out.
Do: To accompany From Here to There: Alec Soth's America, Alec Soth is creating a Flickr group project linked to his photographic process. Anyone can participate. We will be posting some of the submitted photographs throughout the exhibition.
Listen: Audio tour narrated by Alec Soth.
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Watch: Video interview with Alec Soth.
Write: Look at photos by Soth and share what you think is going on in the pictures, and read what others have to say. Click Look, Think, Share! on the Education menu at the top of the page.
From Here to There: Alec Soth's America is organized by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and is made possible by generous support from Carol Judson Bemis, Jr., Marilyn and Larry Fields, Linda and Lawrence Perlman, Geri and Dar Reedy, and Frances and Frank Wilkinson.