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JESSICA LANGE
Highway 61

Oh, God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son.”

 Abe says, “Man, you must be putting me on.”

God say, “No.” Abe say, “What?”

God say, “You can do what you want, Abe, but

The next time you see me comin’ you better run.”

Well Abe says, “Where do you want this killin’ done?”

God says, “Out on Highway 61.”

-Bob Dylan

 

Highway 61 is a great ribbon of road that traverses the United States, North to South. It originates in the boreal forests of the farthest reaches of Northern Minnesota and ends in the soft, sweet air of New Orleans.  It rolls alongside the great Mississippi river, passing through eight states and, along the way, through towns named Grand Marais, Castle Danger, Duluth, Red Wing, Winona, La Crosse, Dubuque, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, Memphis, Lula, Rolling Fork, Nitta Yuma, Panther Burn, Natchez, Baton Rouge, New Orleans.

When Highway 61 heads South out of Memphis, you drive through the ancient floodplains of the Mississippi Delta. It becomes known as the Blues Highway, home to dozens of the greatest blues singers of the past century -- most of whom have recorded songs about this highway.

 

Lord, it wrecked my heart to think about Highway 61.

I felt so blue, Lord, while I was out on that lonely highway.

-Roosevelt Sykes

 

Highway 61 intersects Highway 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the legendary crossroads where Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the devil.

Lengthy stretches of Highway 61, North and South, are empty, vacant. The landscape remains eternal, the people appear and disappear. What remains along the way is deeply mysterious, poetic, ghostly. There is a longing for what has become absent.

Highway 61 is an iconic emblem in the American psyche, wrapped in the mystery of being lost there on that long, lonely highway.

These photographs are an attempt to locate and record what remains.

It has a long memory.  Highway 61.

Jessica Lange

TECHNICAL DETAILS

> Contents84 photographs
> Size of Works40x50cm 
> TransportFrom New York / Madrid
> Rental conditionsThe borrower will be in charge of:
-The Transport from and to New York
-The insurance nail to nail
-Flight and Journey for the curator of the show from New York
-Flight and journey for the diChroma photography’s responsible from Madrid

 

CATALOGUE

  • Title: Highway 61
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Size: 12.9 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Language: English
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Publisher: powerHouse
  • ISBN: 1576879372

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