Danny Lyon: Journey West

Coming to Albuquerque Museum March 2023. An exhibition exploring the work of an internationally known and celebrated photographer of the Civil Rights Movement, the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club, and the Texas prison system.


Danny Lyon: journey West

Danny Lyon, Crossing the Ohio River, Louisville, Kentucky, 1966, gelatin silver print on paper from Nikon F 35mm negative, lent by the artist

On view March 11–August 27, 2023

Danny Lyon Goes West

Danny Lyon, Self-Portrait, Llanito, 2016, archival pigment print on paper from Cannon G11 digital original, lent by the artist


Additional support is provided by the City of Albuquerque Department of Arts & Culture and the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. 


A catalog for the exhibition will be available in the Museum Store. $__

Photographer Danny Lyon became internationally known and celebrated through his photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club, and the Texas prison system. Capturing the energy of an era of revolution, Lyon documented major figures such as John Lewis and Muhammed Ali, while also photographing and getting to know people who are largely overlooked – undocumented workers, incarcerated people, children playing in the ditches of Bernalillo. Lyon chose early on to immerse himself in the communities he photographed, befriending and maintaining relationships with many of his subjects for decades.

Danny Lyon: Journey West features a selection of 175 photographs, films, and montages spanning his 60 year career. Throughout most of that career, Lyon has been a resident of Bernalillo, creating sensitive portraits of his family, friends, and neighbors. The exhibition also features more recent work exploring southwest landscapes that center environmental concerns including the impacts of extreme drought and fire on the land. Lyon’s work is considered a force in defining the role of photography in art.


Details subject to change.