“Grunts, sighs shouts, laughter …. ought to be heard in a museum room.” Consider that your permission, and go see Walker Evans, the retrospective that opens at San Francisco’s MoMA September 30, 2017. 300 vintage prints, the best chosen from 10,000 photos, as well as 100 items like Coca-Cola signs, postcards and magazines, fill every gallery on the 3 rd floor.
Evans took the photos, cropped them and wrote the text for the periodicals, and it’s a treat to see that typography, as well as the incisive writing of an artist who wrote of People and Places in Trouble, for example, while seeking the unique details of American-ness, from the roadside shack as “open-air museum” to the “dark side of progress” in the beauty of garbage. Don’t miss the 20 minute audio of Allie Mae Burroughs of Alabama who became the image of the Depression. You will not forget Evans’ observations of his subjects, “they Speak with their eyes.” Walker Evans shows at SFMOM through February 4, 2018 .