Images of the City on Display at Bruce Museum through March 6

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Paul J. Woolf (1899-1985) View of Manhattan, c. 1932. Gelatin silver print, 7 3/4 x 5 5/8 in., Gift of Dr. Stephen Nicholas, Bruce Museum Collection 2006.46.57

The Bruce Museum exhibition ‘Images of the City’ opened recently and runs through March 6, 2016.

As hubs of cultural and social activity, major metropolitan centers such as New York, San Francisco, and Chicago have drawn creative communities of artists whose subject matter is decisively shaped by where they live and what they see around them. The city is a favorite subject for artists, providing urban landscapes and architectural perspectives that lend themselves to graphic interpretation.

The exhibition Images of the City highlights 30 prints and photographs from the Bruce Museum Collection that paint a portrait of the modern American city.


 

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Some of these, from the early decades of the 20th century, are being shown for the first time after recent conservation.  An additional selection from private lenders will complement the Museum’s collection.

Etchings, lithographs, screen prints and photographs depict views of iconic architecture, public art and dramatic construction scenes from throughout the 20th century to the present, evoking a mood and atmosphere that range from gritty to nostalgic and from restless to formal. The exhibition includes graphic art by Robert Rauschenberg an photographs by Brett Weston as well as works by Martin Lewis, Stow Wengenroth, Joseph Pennell, Karl Dehmann, Paul J. Woolf and more.

Last year, the Museum received two gifts on this subject to add to its diverse collection. On public view for the first time are Men of Steel, 1941, by Samuel L. Margulies and Corner of Broom Street and Broadway, 1973, by Richard Haas.

The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich.


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