Joel Sternfeld

American Prospects

Until 28 April 2024

Joel Sternfeld numbers among the most important protagonists of the New Color Photography movement, which discovered color for art photography in the 1970s.

Sternfeld has spent years traveling around the United States as a critical observer, documenting the country and its inhabitants in all their idiosyncrasies and contradictions.

His grandiose series American Prospects (1978–86) focuses on how human beings relate to the American landscape—a landscape they’ve helped to shape. In addition to exposing a natural world subject to economic exploitation and threatened by accumulating ecological damage, the frequently whimsical everyday scenes captured by Sternfeld in this series also permit inferences as to the sociopolitical conditions of that era.

American Prospects is part of a major donation to the ALBERTINA Museum, and the present exhibition presents a first-ever survey of these donated works.

On view from 27 September 2023 until 28 April 2024 at the ALBERTINA Museum.

Image Gallery – 8 Images
Joel Sternfeld | The Space Shuttle Columbia lands at Kelly Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, aus der Serie: American Prospects, März 1979 | Albertina, Wien – Schenkung Joel Sternfeld © Joel Sternfeld
Joel Sternfeld | The Space Shuttle Columbia lands at Kelly Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, aus der Serie: American Prospects, März 1979 | Albertina, Wien – Schenkung Joel Sternfeld © Joel Sternfeld

EXHIBITION PROGRAM 

Public guided tours (in German)
Learn about highlights and backgrounds of the exhibition in a one-hour guided tour of the exhibition.
Dates & tickets

 

  • Annual Partner Bank Austria UniCredit
  • Jahrespartner Verbund
  • Partner BMW
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