About This Exhibition

This summer, the Wichita Art Museum is pleased to present Jesse Alexander: The Golden Age of Motorsport, a selection of Alexander’s most famous images from classic races of the formative decades of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

For over 50 years, Jesse Alexander traveled the world documenting motorsport’s most iconic races, legendary drivers, and memorable moments. Alexander’s eye for the full picture–setting, action, and style–as well as his impeccable timing have created an artistic portfolio that is unrivaled in the photographic world. Alexander’s photographs capture the alluring cars as well as the entire range of emotions in the world of racing–the adrenaline of the speedway, the enthralled crowds, the laser-focus of the racing teams.

The exhibition gives visitors the chance to explore beauty and danger of motorsport through more than 70 of Alexander’s prize-winning images. Though his work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, and throughout Europe, WAM’s exhibition will be the first solo show by the artist in the Midwest.

Photograph of a Formula one race car on the track in front of a crowd of onlookers in stadium seating

Jesse Alexander, Fangio, Maserati, Reims, 1958. Pigment based archival print, 11 x 18 inches. Courtesy of and copyright Jesse Alexander