Developed in partnership with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and the California State Archives, “Power of the People: Voting in California, 1850-2016” chronicles over 165 years of election history in the Golden State.
Open May 17-December31, 2016, this all-new exhibit surveys the evolution of how Californians vote, from paper ballots used in the 1850s to a computer-based prototype of the future, while examining historic elections and the changing ways campaigns get their messages across.
Highlights include 1864 absentee ballots introduced for the state’s enlisted Civil War troops; 1911 Certification of Special Election reflecting the passage of women’s suffrage; early campaign materials created by the inventors of political consulting; 2003 recall election memorabilia; and more.
Through artifacts on loan from the California State Archives California State Library, Sacramento State and private collectors, the exhibit reveals that California voters have always held the power to shape the future.
Featuring artifacts from the personal collections of owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, this all new exhibit explores the career of California Chrome, the California-bred horse who capped a six-race winning streak by sweeping the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Through the installation of never-before-publicly-displayed items including the 2014 Kentucky Derby Trophy, the exhibit chronicles the rise of “the people’s horse” from his humble foaling at Harris Ranch in Coalinga, CA to his ranking as the 2014 American Horse of the Year.
In addition, highlights of the state’s long association with the sport are chronicled, including the nation’s oldest racetrack in Pleasanton built in 1858; the symbol of American hope during the Great Depression, Seabiscuit; and more.
Based on Susan Snyder’s 2004 book of the same name published by Heyday Books, “Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” is a traveling exhibit chronicling the complex history of the state’s most iconic symbol, the grizzly.
Once the most powerful animal in the state’s landscape, the grizzly has been extinct in California since the 1920s but lives on as a steadfast symbol, reflecting the spirit of independence, strength and adaptability the state is world-renowned for. Through artifacts and ephemera on loan from institutions including The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, the California State Library and the California Academy of Sciences, the exhibit reveals the grizzly’s enduring cultural legacy over the last 200 years that continues to embody California’s ideals in the 21st century.
Produced and toured by Exhibit Envoy, the exhibit was developed in partnership by The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and Heyday Books, with support from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and Bank of the West.
“Remembering Our Fallen from California” honors California troops from all branches of the U.S. military who have died while serving their country since September 11, 2001.
Serving as a testament of the ultimate sacrifice paid by state’s military personnel, the memorial honors 727 Californians who have perished in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, including Corporal Patrick Tillman, a California native who left his professional football career to join the U.S. Army and was killed in action in 2004.
Featuring the work of Tulare County-based photographer Matt Black, “Kingdom of Dust: Drought & Decline in California’s Central Valley” is a visual exploration of a place seemingly light years away from the California most of the world sees.
Black’s stark photographs, taken over a period of 20 years, capture the poverty that long has plagued many Valley towns and reveal the more recent human costs of the worst drought in the state’s history. From Tulare County residents struggling to cope without running water in their homes to out-of-work farm migrants living in Fresno County homeless camps eerily reminiscent of the 1930s, the exhibit reveals how the drought has compounded some of the state’s most entrenched poverty and threatens to turn productive farmland into a modern day dust bowl.
Featuring the iconic “Fall Classic” — Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown as he runs up to kick it, “Pigskin Peanuts” is a traveling exhibit from the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA chronicling the enduring cultural legacy of the world’s most popular comic strip through a display of over 50 football-themed strips and ephemera in celebration of its 65th anniversary on October 2, 2015.
Published in over 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries from October 2, 1950 through February 13, 2000, “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz is regarded as one of the most influential and well-written comic strips in history. Schulz, who lived in and around Santa Rosa, CA from 1958 until his death in 2000, is commonly cited as the most influential cartoonist of all time.
Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson wrote of Schulz and his work, “Peanuts pretty much defines the modern comic strip, so even now it’s hard to see it with fresh eyes. The clean, minimalist drawings, the sarcastic humor, the unflinching emotional honesty, the inner thoughts of a household pet, the serious treatment of children, the wild fantasies, the merchandising on an enormous scale—in countless ways, Schulz blazed the wide trail that most every cartoonist since has tried to follow.”
This exhibit explores the contributions of Armenians to California culture and history. Fleeing poverty, genocide, and natural disaster in their homeland, immigrants from Armenia have thrived in California since the 1880s.
Original art, historic photographs, cultural objects and rare artifacts illustrate the significant achievements of Armenian Californians from the farms of Fresno to the stages of Hollywood and the halls of government in Sacramento.
“Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit” is an all new traveling exhibit documenting the legacy of Japanese American citizens who were relocated to internment camps under Executive Order 9066, issued on February 19, 1942 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Journey into the skin of the earth to discover the amazing world of soils in “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.”
Developed by the Soil Science Society of America and designed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, this traveling exhibit explores soils and the cultures that connect us to them through interactive displays including cartoons, movies, art and more.
Learn how soils sustain our world and why without them life as we know it would not exist. Open May 1, 2014 through March 29, 2015 — only at The California Museum.
A day in the lives of women living on the brink of poverty commissioned for The Shriver Report‘s latest project, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” as shown through the lenses a team of award-winning photographers including former White House photographer Barbara Kinney, Melissa Lyttle, Barbara Ries, Jan Sonnenmair, Callie Shell, Melissa Farlow and Ami Vitale.
Celebrating the centennial of legendary designer Ray Eames, this all-new exhibition is the first to explore the early life and work of the Sacramento native who broke barriers during an era of limited opportunities for women in the arts. Although the work of Eames Office is well-known for innovations in modern architecture, furniture, films, toys, photography, textiles, exhibition design and more, Ray Eames often remains often overlooked or mistaken for the brother of her husband and business partner, Charles, in history.
Co-created in partnership with Eames Office, the exhibit features new information on Ray’s early life in Sacramento and work produced prior to meeting Charles in 1941, as based upon research conducted by Carla Hartman, Education Director of Eames Office, which played a central role in the project’s development. In addition, the exhibit also chronicles well-known Eames Office projects produced by Ray and Charles from 1941-1988, providing new insight on Ray’s ground-breaking role as the equal partner of Charles.
Including over 100 original works and rarely-seen artifacts from Eames Office and the Eames family’s collections, the exhibit provides a new perspective on Ray’s 60-year career in the arts, along with her significance in history as one of the 20th century’s most influential – yet largely unknown – artists, whose influence continues to shape design today.
A journey through life, love and death, “Day of the Dead: Art of Día de los Muertos” is an all-new exhibit featuring contemporary installations by California artists Rob-O, John Huerta and David Lozeau.
Opening on September 24, 2013 for Hispanic Heritage Month, the exhibit highlights the Mexican cultural tradition of honoring deceased loved ones each year on November 1 and 2 by creating calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings), which has evolved from the Aztecs to modern day California.
Members of the public are invited to celebrate their friends, family and ancestors by participating in an adjacent Community Altar and leaving a photograph or small remembrance through January 5, 2014.
Sponsored by California Latino Legislative Caucus and Mayahuel Restaurant & Tequila Museum. Developed in association with John Huerta Arte, David Lozeau, Sacramento Arts & Business Council and Sugar Skull Art.
“Eames Generations: A Legacy of California Design” is a new exhibit featuring artwork by Lucia Eames and Llisa Demetrios, daughter and granddaughter of legendary California designers Charles and Ray Eames whose legacy of innovation continues to influence the arts today.
Lucia Eames has designed indoor and outdoor furniture and metalworks for over thirty years. A graduate of Radcliffe College, where she studied sculpture, Lucia designs functional indoor and outdoor pieces laser-cut in carbon steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. Her commissioned public works include the 92-foot-tall Wind Harp in South San Francisco and the kinetic Clock Tower in Newport Beach. As the matriarch of the Eames family, Lucia also oversees the preservation of the Eames family’s legacy with her five children, who together serve as the Eames Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Llisa Demetrios works primarily with bronze, creating large-scale sculptures often displayed in outdoor settings. A graduate of Yale University, Llisa also studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts and has lectured on sculpture at the Academy of Art University. Formerly the archivist of the Mies van der Rohe collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, today Llisa is the archivist of the Eames Foundation and shares studio space with her mother in Sonoma County.
Working in a style she calls “Perceptionist Art,” Sabrina Abbott creates bold, vibrant canvases focusing on everyday objects that range from flowers to trash.
The young artist developed her unique style while studying in Italy at the Accademia di Belle Arti, and continued honing her skills while working as an intern at the Uffizi museum in Florence and at the Louvre in Paris.
The exhibit is the first museum retrospective of Abbott’s work and continues through May 26, 2013, only at The California Museum.