"America By Car" at the Whitney is Lee Friedlander's attempt to combine landscapes, street shots, portraiture, and photojournalism styles using the inside of cars as his frame. He drove across the USA during a fifteen year period in rented sedans, shooting with the square Hasselblad SuperWide to record scenes through the windshield and side windows of Suburus, Hondas, and Fords. After viewing about two hundred black and white prints hung in very tight quarters, I came away slightly amused, but not awed. Sure, Friedlander is very clever. He incorporates the car's A-pillar, window frames, steering wheel, and instrument cluster into each composition, sometimes effortlessly and at other times with a jarring effect. Store signs are misspelled, American flags are hung backwards, and incongruity abounds in his interpretations of rural, urban and suburban America. It was fun finding all the cleverly hidden "stuff" in the first fifty or so photos, but looking at the last one hundred and fifty became tedious for me. More became less. Perhaps I don't get it...Friedlander has always mystified me, and his "America By Car" didn't solve that mystery. This isn't Robert Frank's "The Americans", or Winogrand's "The Animals", but worth seeing if you like Friedlander's style.