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Art Exhibition: “The Decisive Moment: PhotoUrbanism in San Francisco Bay, 1930s-1960s”

“The Decisive Moment” will be on view at Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art (SMCMoA) from February 14 through June 23, 2024 during operating hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

“The Decisive Moment,” an archive of the Bay Area’s social urban history, includes 26 photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch, John Gutmann, Pirkle Jones, Peter Stackpole, Brett Weston, and Max Yavno. Printed in black and white, these images represent historical turning points. From the construction of the Bay Bridge to Black Panther revolutionaries, they capture what French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson called the ‘decisive moment’: a coalescence of the camera’s mechanical or ‘innate honesty’ with the observer's intuitive insight.

(Image credit: Pirkle Jones (1914-2009) “High-rise Construction and Coit Tower from Russian Hill, San Francisco,” 1962, Vintage gelatin silver print, Promised Gift of the Pilara Family Foundation)

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Weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Feb 14, 2024 through Jun 23, 2024

10:00AM - 4:00PM


Saint Mary's College Museum of Art - 1928 St Marys Road, Moraga, CA, 94575 1928 St Marys Road Moraga 94575 CA US

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