Journey Through the Desert – The Road Less Traveled
Organized into three major themes, Land/Sky, Abandoned/Forgotten Places, and Tracks in the Sands, the exhibition loosely suggests a visual narrative that begins with the photographer’s journey through the land, from panoramic views to distant and isolated places. The recurring theme of the photographer’s vehicle is introduced to symbolize exploration of the vast desert. For example, Willard has documented the challenges he faced prior to the development of paved roads, air conditioned vehicles, and convenience rest stops. The visual journey continues as artists reveal through their camera lenses the dilemma of reconciling human interaction with the allure and beauty of the desert in contrast with the harsh reality of the extreme environment.
This exhibition is organized from the permanent collection of the Palm Springs Art Museum by Christine Giles, Curator, and Katherine Hough, Chief Curator. It is funded by Harold B. Matzner and the museum’s Western Art Council and Photography Collection Council.
is the exhibition media sponsor.
Image: Stuart Klipper, American, born 1941, Intersection, H’ways 166/ 118, Jeff Davis Co., Texas 28 Dec 2004. 2004, type c print, collection Palm Springs Art Museum, purchase with funds derived from a previous gift from Kirk and Anne Douglas (39-2006)