Looking Through Foreign Eyes
The Americans, a fundamental work in American photography and art history by Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its publication in the US with a show starting at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Initially viewed as a controversial work presenting an America that was quite different form the outside image the country wanted to portray, The Americans takes us on a journey across the US where we see the underbelly of America, the every day and mundane, made vivid by its simplicity. It was with a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship that Frank was able to complete this project. In the exhibition, we see his edited application for the fellowship, hundreds of outtakes from the collection and the original, handwritten introduction to The Americans by Jack Kerouac. SF MoMA curator Corey Keller walks us through the exhibition sharing her memory of the first time she met Frank at the Whitney Museum in New York.