The pieces in the exhibition Road Trip: A Journey through the GW Collection, record the moment when the music is turned on and the monotony of the road begins. It is during this time, no longer in the panic mode of preparing and anticipating, that the mind is at rest and open to contemplate and wander. The surrounding landscape begins to reveal its beauty, and there is a desire to capture these moments often through photography, paintings, songs, poems, or literature.
Karen Margo Lee, Winter Sunrise, 1989. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. GW
Permanent Collection. MFA Thesis Acquisition, 1989.
John Baeder, Chicken Chops, 1980. Silkscreen, ed. 219/
250, 16-1/4 x 24-1/2 inches. GW Permanent Collection.
Gift of Jayson D. Pankin, 1994.
N. Jay Jaffee, Tire Store, n.d. Gelatin silver print. GW
Permanent Collection. Gift of Gary Granoff, 1985.
The photograph Tire Store by N. Jay Jaffee, shows a worn down building that looks as if it may be on the verge of going out of business. But even here, the photographer stopped, taking a moment to appreciate the odd and kitschy tire shop.
Although often quoted, Ursula K. Le Guin’s words ring true –“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” During the holidays, take a moment to look at this exhibition and discover what artists have found important enough to record during their road trips but also, look, and find pleasure in your own road trip.
Maria Gorbaty, Gallery AssistantRoad Trip: A Journey through the GW Collection is on view through January 31, 2017 on the first floor of GW's Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st Street NW.