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San Jose Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Road Trip
110 South Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113


September 19th, 2008 - January 25th, 2009
 
Outside Lexington, Kentucky from the series "Stranded", Amy SteinAmy Stein,
Outside Lexington, Kentucky from the series "Stranded",
2006, digital print, 24 x 30"
© courtesy of the Artist
Vocho (yellow), Margarita CabreraMargarita Cabrera, Vocho (yellow),
2004, vinyl, thread and car parts, 5 x 6 x 13'
© Courtesy of Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York
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We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
- John Steinbeck

Often considered a distinctly American experience, the road trip is an excursion in which the journey is as compelling as the destination. The exhibition Road Trip examines this travel experience through photography, video, sculpture, and works on paper by Eleanor Antin, Jane Benson, Sophie Calle, Steven Deo, Lordy Rodriguez, Ed Ruscha, and others. Photographers Candace Plummer Gaudiani and Catherine Opie methodically document their surroundings, often searching for remnants of the past. Other artists such as Val Britton and Nina Katchadourian favor a metaphorical approach, reinterpreting maps to produce invented landscapes. Road Trip offers a broad exploration of real and imagined journeys, which often entail not only a physical displacement but also a psychological and emotional passage.


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