February 27 through May 30, 2016

Come along for the ride on a visual journey across the US!

With 100+ images, The Open Road features 19 photographers on the move across America from the 1950s to today. Celebrate the great American road trip with this don’t-miss exhibition, debuting at Crystal Bridges.

The Open Road

The Open Road, Crystal Bridges’ first large-scale photography exhibition, presents the story of the American road as inspiration. Visit roadside motels, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, theme parks, and everyday America. The images provide offbeat and personal reflections of the photographers’ journeys, including the people they encounter, car culture, roadside attractions, and more.

To learn more about The Open Road exhibition, visit Aperture/The Open Road


$10 for adults
FREE for Youth ages 18 and under
FREE for Members

Photographers featured in the exhibition include: Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha, Garry Winogrand, Inge Morath, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Joel Meyerowitz, Jacob Holdt, Stephen Shore, Bernard Plossu, Victor Burgin, Joel Sternfeld, Alec Soth, Todd Hido, Shinya Fujiwara, Ryan McGinley, Justine Kurland, and Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs. Together, these photographers elevate the snapshot—often taken through the window of a moving car—to a work of art.

Travel with these photographers as they discover, experience, and capture their American journeys on The Open Road.

Thanks to exhibition sponsors, admission is FREE on Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m.


Road Song Rumble

And the winner is…. Johnny Cash – I’ve Been Everywhere!

Thanks to all who voted in Road Song Rumble, and congratulations to our weekly exhibition ticket winners. Now that we know the Ultimate Road-Trip Song, grab a pair of headphones and come visit The Open Road exhibition to experience the tune on a visual journey across the U.S. While you’re here, check out the full Open Road Spotify Playlist, and stop in Eleven for a tasting menu inspired by the great American road trip. Happy traveling!


Spotify Playlist

Is the road trip imaginable without music?

Hit the open road with our highway-tested tunes, developed with suggestions from our online community. Listen chronologically to hear a diverse mix of songs about traveling on the American road from the 1940s to today, or shuffle songs to mix dates and genres.

(A free Spotify account is required.)

Click Here to Listen


Open Road Photo Stream

Share Your Memories

Add a memory of your American road-trip to our map by sharing a photo through Instagram or Twitter using #OpenRoadTrip. Make sure to tag the correct location of where the photo was taken, and you’ll see your image pop up on the map in the exhibition gallery, as well as on our tagboard here. Can’t find the perfect photograph on your phone? You can submit an image from home, and even use photographs from you family archive!

Not a Twitter or Instagram user? Email your photograph to [email protected], including the location and image description.

View Photostream Here


Exhibition Tour

Monday and Thursday, 1 to 2 p.m.
(No tour offered on Thursday, March 3; Thursday, March 10)
Free with exhibition ticket

Enjoy a cruise through the temporary exhibition The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, with one of Crystal Bridges’ knowledgeable Gallery Guides at the wheel. This tour will look closely at the photographs of five or six significant artists in the exhibition and discuss the photographers’ road trips and how these experiences influenced their work and impacted the idea of the American road trip.


This exhibition was organized by Aperture Foundation, New York. David Campany and Denise Wolff, Curators.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, "Wires" 2008, © Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, Courtesy the artists and Raebervon Stenglin, Zurich and Peter Lav, Copenhagen.