Photographer’s work of Route 66 decay will be showcased at Clear Lake Arts Center

An award-winning photographer's work that features decaying and ruined Route 66 businesses will go on display in mid-August at the Clear Lake Arts Center in Clear Lake, Iowa. Alexandra Buxbaum's "Wabi-Sabi: Beauty of Impermanence" show will be on display from Aug. 17 to Sept. 11. She said in an email the exhibit contains 12 images, … Continue reading Photographer’s work of Route 66 decay will be showcased at Clear Lake Arts Center

Artificial intelligence program brings deceased Route 66 figures seemingly to life

A few weeks ago, the MyHeritage genealogy website released an artificial intelligence program called Deep Nostalgia. It takes still photographs of people, analyzes them and animates their faces in a lifelike way by making them seemingly blink their eyes, move their heads and make subtle movements with their lips. The effect often proves amazing, unsettling … Continue reading Artificial intelligence program brings deceased Route 66 figures seemingly to life

New exhibit at Oklahoma gallery focuses on famed pop artist Ed Ruscha’s roots

The Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City is hosting an exhibit on pop-art icon Ed Ruscha and the first-ever examination of his roots, including his Sooner State upbringing and the impact of Route 66 on him. The center's Eleanor Kirkpatrick Main Gallery is hosting the show in his hometown until July 5. Free tickets … Continue reading New exhibit at Oklahoma gallery focuses on famed pop artist Ed Ruscha’s roots

Jim Livingston’s Route 66 art featured at Amarillo’s airport

Amarillo photographer Jim Livingston, known for his "I Am Route 66" project, recently installed his Route 66 artwork at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. According to KAMR-TV in Amarillo, images from popular points along Route 66 are located before the security check and next to the Husband statue. The Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council features … Continue reading Jim Livingston’s Route 66 art featured at Amarillo’s airport

Fine-art photographer lends a hand to struggling Midpoint Cafe

A fine-art photographer based in Amarillo is helping the iconic Midpoint Cafe in nearby Adrian, Texas, as it struggles through the economic ripples of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Livingston, whom many readers may remember from his "I Am Route 66" project, said he would donate proceeds from the sale of photographs of the Route 66 … Continue reading Fine-art photographer lends a hand to struggling Midpoint Cafe

Charles Custer, a photographer of Route 66 in the early 1950s, dies at age 91

Charles Custer, a retired Chicago lawyer whose startlingly detailed photographs of Route 66 businesses that he and his wife Irene took in the early 1950s were recently re-discovered, died at age 91 in January. The Chicago Sun-Times described Custer's remarkable life and photographic legacy in an obituary last week. A memorial service had been planned … Continue reading Charles Custer, a photographer of Route 66 in the early 1950s, dies at age 91

Book review: “A Matter of Time”

The new book "A Matter of Time" (272 pages, 174 photos, hardcover, University of Oklahoma Press) featuring Ellen Klinkel's black-and-white photographs may appear to be a coffee-table book -- and a very good one. But it's the text by co-author Nick Gerlich that sets the book apart from typical Route 66 volumes, offering a modern … Continue reading Book review: “A Matter of Time”

Photographer will hold ‘Pix on Route 66’ exhibition in Cleveland

Photographer David Schwartz, who's been documenting Route 66 for about 15 years, will debut his "Pix on Route 66" exhibition Friday through Sunday in Cleveland's Little Italy Holiday Art Walk. Freshwater Cleveland reports: Culled from years of road trips down the iconic highway, Schwartz's photos depict vivid slices of Americana. Think vintage motel signs, mom-and-pop … Continue reading Photographer will hold ‘Pix on Route 66’ exhibition in Cleveland

Researcher finds a photo of the precursor of John’s Modern Cabins

Joe Sonderman, a researcher of Route 66 in Missouri and other states, found a rare image of the roadside business that later became John's Modern Cabins near Newburg, Missouri. The image is above. Sonderman wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday: This is the oldest photo I have ever seen of the spot that became … Continue reading Researcher finds a photo of the precursor of John’s Modern Cabins

Arizona Route 66 Association gives $50,000 to NAU to preserve documents

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona announced Tuesday it created a $50,000 endowment to help Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff preserve and digitize Route 66 documents and photographs in the university's collection. From left, Sean Evans, Northern Arizona University's Cline Library, Angel Delgadillo, Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona president, Cynthia Ann Childrey, dean … Continue reading Arizona Route 66 Association gives $50,000 to NAU to preserve documents