• Alec Soth, Two Towels, 2004, color photograph, 24 x 30".

    Alec Soth, Two Towels, 2004, color photograph, 24 x 30".

    From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America

    Walker Art Center
    725 Vineland Place
    September 12, 2010–January 2, 2011

    Curated by Siri Engberg

    The title of this midcareer survey connects Alec Soth’s peripatetic process to his ambition: Like Walker Evans and Robert Frank, he hits the road in search of America and Americans. The material from his first book, Sleeping by the Mississippi, landed him in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and placed him in the company of pioneers of color photography such as William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld. With more than one hundred photographs, this exhibition showcases Soth’s trademark mix of portraits, landscapes, and interiors from his books and ongoing projects as well as a new series that focuses on people living outside the mainstream. A “library” area, with original maquettes, brief videos, and ephemera Soth has collected on his journeys, offers insight into the photographer’s serendipitous practice, and the catalogue includes a forty-eight-page artist’s book, The Loneliest Man in Missouri.