City Limits, City Life

Harry Callahan
Atlanta, 1978 (printed later)
7 1/8 × 18 3/16 inches
Dye transfer print on paper
Gift of Arthur J. Goodwin


Leo Rubinfien
London, 1980
Ektacolor print on paper
15 ½ × 19 inches
Gift of David Devine, San Francisco, California

Michael Wolf
Architecture of Density #13b, 2003-2004
Chromogenic print on paper
48 x 58 inches

Robert Schwartz
In the New Year, 1996
7 1/2 × 8 1/2 inches
Gouache on paper
In loving memory of Rudy Driscoll Sr., in honor of the San Jose Museum of Art's 35th Anniversary

Saturday, December 13, 2014Sunday, June 14, 2015

City life has fascinated artists for hundreds of years. Early twentieth-century artists in the United States often depicted the physical and social realities, as well as the potential emotional disconnect, that can accompany urban density. In recent decades, artistic focus shifted to the ramifications of climate change, localism, and globalization. City Limits, City Life encourages audiences to think about urbanism in a larger context and coincides with collective efforts to enliven and transform downtown San Jose. The exhibition features works by Chester Arnold, Karen Carson, John Gutmann, Lordy Rodriguez, Walker Evans, Rolfe Horn, Richard Shaw, and Weegee among others.

McManis Faulkner