February 2016 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Road Trip Photography on View

Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Route 66--these are the sights one sees on an American road trip, which are also now on view in The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, a traveling exhibit based on the 2015 Alice Award-winning book of the same name that opened this weekend at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Plossu copy.jpgOrganized by Aperture Foundation, the exhibit includes more than one hundred images--from roadside motels to majestic natural vistas--and features the work of nineteen photographers on the move across the U.S. from the 1950s to 2014, such as Ed Ruscha, Robert Frank, and Bernard Plossu (his "New Mexico, 1980" is pictured here).

"It's an honor to be able to debut The Open Road to our visitors," comments Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Executive Director Rod Bigelow. "Road trips are a way of life in our region, and capturing the experience by taking photos during those trips is a familiar activity for most of us. The opportunity to explore road-trip photography through significant works of art is one we know our visitors will appreciate and enjoy."

The exhibit is up at Crystal Bridges through May 30 and will then travel to the Detroit Art Institute from June 17-September 11, 2016; the Amarillo Museum of Art, Texas, from November 4, 2016-January 1, 2017; and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, from February 11-June 4, 2017.

Bernard Plossu
New Mexico, 1980
© Bernard Plossu, Courtesy of the Artist and Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, Florida