Paul J. Woolf (1899-1985)
View of Manhattan, c. 1932
Gelatin silver print, 7 3/4 x 5 5/8 in.
Gift of Dr. Stephen Nicholas
Bruce Museum Collection 2006.46.57

Images of the City

December 12, 2015 - March 6, 2016

As hubs of cultural and social activity, major metropolitan centers such as New York, San Francisco, and Chicago have drawn creative communities of artists whose subject matter is decisively shaped by where they live and what they see around them. The city is a favorite subject for artists, providing urban landscapes and architectural perspectives that lend themselves to graphic interpretation.

The exhibition Images of the City highlights 30 prints and photographs from the Bruce Museum Collection that paint a portrait of the modern American city. Some of these, from the early decades of the 20th century, are being shown for the first time after recent conservation.  An additional selection from private lenders will complement the Museum’s collection.  

Etchings, lithographs, screen prints and photographs depict views of iconic architecture, public art and dramatic construction scenes from throughout the 20th century to the present, evoking a mood and atmosphere that range from gritty to nostalgic and from restless to formal.

The exhibition includes  works by: 

  • Robert Rauschenberg 
  • Brett Weston 
  • Martin Lewis 
  • Stow Wengenroth
  • Joseph Pennell 
  • Karl Dehmann 
  • Paul J. Woolf
  • and more

Last year, the Museum received two gifts on this subject to add to its diverse collection. On public view for the first time are:

  • Men of Steel, 1941, by Samuel L. Margulies 
  • Corner of Broom Street and Broadway, 1973, by Richard Haas


This exhibition will not be available for viewing on Tuesday, February 2, due to a private event taking place in the lecture gallery.