Joan Myers: Devil’s Highway
June 24, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmfree
Obscura Gallery presents a book signing and intimate exhibition of works from Joan Myers new publication, The Devil’s Highway (published by Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas). In this haunting new collection of photographs, gallery artist Joan Myers continues the decades-long journey she began in Where the Buffalo Roamed (with Lucy Lippard, Damiani 2019), in which she documents the changing landscape and culture of the American West. The images in this new collection are more personal, more elegiac–and all black-and-white. They bear witness to the fracturing of the American Dream, the demise of cowboy culture, the shrinking of small towns, ranches, and farms throughout western rural America. The themes she examines are reflected in a powerfully evocative short story by Pulitzer finalist William de Buys, also titled “The Devil’s Highway.” First published in 1992 in Story magazine, the de Buys story is reproduced in Myers’ book for the first time.
The book signing and exhibition reception will take place at Obscura Gallery on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 5-7pm.