Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Views' show captures city's power, allure.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Leanne Potts Journal Staff Writer

*Georgia O'Keeffe Museum displays New York's baby pictures

Once upon a time in America cities were magical places, Technicolor Ozs where one could go to find whatever was lacking in his black-and-white hometown.

It was a time before there were suburbs, and before muggers and carjackers and vandals made us afraid of living too close to one another. Cities, with their skyscrapers and money and abundant jobs, represented escape from the limited possibilities of small-town America. In the city, we could all be Dorothy. Follow the yellow-brick road and you, too, can get great shoes and have a gay lion for a friend.

The birthplace of the infinitely romantic and thoroughly American notion of The City was New York; the birth date was the early 20th century between the two world wars. The City's baby pictures are on display at a show at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. It's called "Views of the City" and includes 71 pieces of artwork made by 29 artists between 1910 and 1949, when our culture's popular image of the city was born. …

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