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Art March, 9 2010

Detroit Experiences: Robert Frank Photographs, 1955

A pointed complement to Robert Frank’s The Americans, which closed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in early January, the recently opened Detroit Experiences: Robert Frank Photographs, 1955, situates the photographers eye and work in a single locale.

Frank traveled the nation in 1955 compiling what would eventually become The Americans. He spent considerable time in Detroit, documenting factories, lunch-counters, and sports stadiums. It was a city of much inspiration.

The Detroit Institute of Art celebrates the Motor City’s place in Robert Frank’s view of America through this special exhibition. Over 60 images are included, many that have never been seen before. Certainly worth trying to catch if The Americans was to your fancy.

ABOVE: Robert Frank, American (born Switzerland), born 1924 Drive-In Movie, Detroit, 1955 ,
Gelatin silver print Image: 8¼ x 12½ in. (21.0 x 31.8 cm), Founders Society Purchase, Tina and Lee Hills Graphic Arts Fund
DIA No. F78.63. © Robert Frank, from The Americans

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