On the Road Again in San Jose

Amy Stein, “Outside Lexington,” 2006, Courtesy the artist and SJMA

With spirits lifting, gas prices lowering and fun-employment escalating, and although it may not be the wisest of economic choices under the sun, the roads nonetheless seem paved with more possibility and promise.  Thus maybe it’s time to dust off the thumb, tune up the hybrid engines and give that great American excursion one more try.

Exploring how the “trip takes us” instead of the other way around, the current Road Trip exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art is devoted to this distinctly American rite of passage in which the journey is equally compelling to the destination.  Road Trip (through January 25) examines the travel experience through photography, video, sculpture, and works on paper. Some artists methodically document their surroundings and search for remnants of their pasts, while others discard GPS, reinterpret maps and invent their own landscapes for their own imagined journeys, “which often entail not only a physical displacement but also a psychological and emotional passage.” Among the participants are Sophie Calle, Steven Deo, Lordy Rodriguez, Ed Ruscha, and Season 2 artist Eleanor Antin.

  1. Mel Trittin says:

    If you are not going to attribute this photograph to Amy Stein you could at least list her among the participants.

  2. Actually, all images on the Art21site are indeed tagged/attributed with their appropriate captions in each entry’s html source code. Welcome to the 21st century.

  3. James says:

    Trong —

    The purpose of an alt attribute is to render text when the intended graphic can not be rendered. It is not an appropriate attribute for a copyrighted image.

    I’m sure neither Stein nor the museum would raise issue with this, but if you are going to benefit from it’s inclusion, a proper and public attribution does seem like the well mannered thing to do.

  4. James says:

    Trong —

    The only web etiquette faux pas greater than both improper content attributions and churlish responses, is the rewriting and editing of posting history to make one smell like roses when in fact they reek of mulch.

    Congratulation on achieving the oaf trifecta.

  5. Actually as editor of this blog, I (not Trong) deleted the last round of comments, as they were both mean-spirited and inappropriate. Let’s keep our web etiquette friendly and if not, then at least respectful. And let’s move on, before I shut down commenting entirely for this post. Thanks.

  6. James says:

    Kelly — As editor of this blog, why don’t you address the point of this thread, your policy of burying credit to copyrighted images in the alt attribute of your code? Is this born from a philosophy that artists need not be credited in a public way for their art or something else? Would love to hear your explanation.

    Also, do you find Trong’s “welcome to the 21st century” comment to Mel in keeping with your call for appropriate and web friendly dialogue? It seemed completely dismissive to me and set the tone for the entire thread.

  7. James, you have a point about crediting images and while we have always done so in the metadata, you may have noticed we now add captioned credits to all images. In terms of not doing it before, this was a style decision we had made; if one copied an image off of our site, s/he would have the appropriate caption info embedded in the actual image. Now it’s in both places.

    I think Trong’s comment was intended to be harmless, though I can see how it was vague enough in tone and as text to be interpreted in multiple ways. We will do our best to keep things unambiguously friendlier in the future.

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