Final weeks of Alec Soth at Minnesota Marine Art Gallery

An exhibition featuring a selection of 21 large-scale photographs from Alec Soth’s award-winning series, Sleeping by the Mississippi, will close on 1 September 2019. The exhibition is hosted by the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, which aims to engage visitors through a programme of exhibitions exploring the historic and ongoing human relationship with water. Minnesota is Soth’s home state and borders Canada and Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. The state contains more than 10,000 other lakes, including Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River’s primary source.

Soth’s first photographic series, Sleeping by the Mississippi evolved from a series of road trips along the Mississippi River made between 1999 and 2002. The series took Soth from his native Minnesota down into the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico. Soth used a large-format 8 x 10 inch camera to create richly descriptive colour photographs, presenting an eclectic mix of individuals, landscapes, and interiors that he discovered along the river’s path. The Mississippi is less the subject of the series than its organising structure. Not bound by a rigid concept or ideology, Soth created the series out of a quintessentially American spirit of wanderlust.

Alec Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. His work is now held in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Find out more here.

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