San Francisco to New York in One Hour

  • Alexander A. Maldonado, San Francisco to New York in One Hour, 1969, oil on canvas and wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.126

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Alexander Maldonado created many paintings that showed his vision of a world free from pollution, war, racism, and parking problems. He called San Francisco to New York in One Hour a "twentieth-century painting," because he thought rapid travel across the country might actually happen before the year 2000 (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990). The stripes, swirls, and dots of color in this image evoke a fast-paced, high-tech world in which it is easy to imagine people being propelled across the country in just a few minutes.

Title
San Francisco to New York in One Hour
Artist
Date
1969
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
18 x 24 in. (45.8 x 61.0 cm.) stretcher
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas and wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – vehicle – spacecraft
  • Cityscape – imaginary
  • Cityscape – California – San Francisco
  • Cityscape – New York – New York
  • Figure(s) in exterior
  • Architecture – vehicle – automobile
Object Number
1986.65.126
Palette
Linked Open Data
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