"We find after years of struggle that we
do not take a trip; a trip takes us." John Steinbeck
Are you heading down historic Route 66? Or maybe you'll
be retracing the legend of Elvis at Graceland? Perhaps you'll
pass through Valle, Arizona to visit Bedrock City (yes,
as in The Flintstones). Wherever your travels take you this
summer, send a postcard to the San Jose Museum of Art and
your adventures will become part of the upcoming exhibition,
Road Trip. Better yet, consider adding the San Jose Museum
of Art to your next travel plans and experience art inspired
by road trips.
Beginning September 19th, the San Jose Museum of Art showcases
"Road Trip," an exhibition of photography, video,
sculpture and works on paper about real and imagined journeys.
Some of the artists creatively re-envision icons of the
road, exploring metaphors of travel. For example, San Antonio-based
artist Margarita Cabrera creates a life-size VW Bug made
entirely out of soft, droopy vinyl fabric. Steven Deo molds
hundreds of pairs of old leather shoes into the shape of
luggage and a guitar case. Photographer Amy Stein captures
the road trip gone wrong in her images of travelers waylaid
by broken down cars and other unforeseen travel complications.
Featuring over thirty artists, this exhibition examines
the allure of the road trip - an excursion in which the
journey is as compelling as the destination.
Journeys have been memorialized in postcards since their
invention in 1861. Since then, the study of and collecting
of postcards--or deltiology as it's officially called--has
grown to become the world's third largest collectable hobby,
surpassed only by coin and stamp collecting. These paper
souvenirs and visual mementos document the quirky, hilarious,
and monumental places we all visit. On view from September
19, 2008 - January 25, 2009, the Road Trip exhibition will
feature an actual post office where visitors can stretch
their artistic muscles by creating a postcard and mailing
it directly from the Museum.
View our most recent road trip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_rmqKVOI-U.
P.S. Wish you were here!
San Jose Museum of Art
110 S. Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113