“Drawing Caleeforneeya” was a retrospective exhibit exploring the work of editorial cartoonist Rex Babin (1962 – 2012) open August 14 through October 14, 2018.
Through his pen-and ink drawings, keen observations and sharp wit, Babin captured the essence of many distinctive California topics from 1999 to 2012 during his tenure at The Sacramento Bee. From the power crisis and gubernatorial recall to the environment and more, Babin’s original cartoons remind us there is always something to admire — or criticize — in the Golden State.
“Passion & Perseverance: A Year at Encina” is an all new exhibit highlighting stories of dedicated teachers in a low-income school and their students, whose resilience and ability cannot be measured by test scores.
Based on a yearlong series produced by Capital Public Radio, the exhibit explores what the school’s history reveals about California itself, tackling issues of equity, immigration and stigma, as well as the meaning of community and family.
“The Newest Americans” offers a unique look at the U.S. and the immigration process through the eyes of 28 new citizens.
A chronicle of two naturalization ceremonies held in 2017, the exhibit features portraits by Sam Comen and interviews by Michael Estrin. As the new citizens from over 20 countries of origin share why they came to this country and what the American Dream means to them, visitors are invited to join them in taking pride in the diversity, freedom and opportunity that continue to make America a beacon of hope around the world.
“And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations” explores 400 years of significant events that have transformed social justice for African Americans on 67 story quilts hand-crafted by artists in the Women of Color Quilter’s Network.
Curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi and organized by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Museum Center, this national traveling exhibition showcases the diversity of techniques and textiles used in quilting, and its enduring appeal as forms of folk art and narrative storytelling.
Back by popular demand, “Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown” surveying the experiences of local Japanese Americans in the 20th century returned for an unprecedented second installation at the California Museum Jan. 16 through Mar. 11, 2018.
Featuring rare family photographs drawn from community members’ personal collections, the acclaimed exhibit documents the memories at the heart of a once-thriving downtown community devastated first by forced removal during WWII and again by redevelopment in the 1950s.
“Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change” addresses the effects of changing weather patterns on a universal symbol of the Golden State’s beauty: the wildflower.
Through a display of more than 45 landscape photographs by Bay Area-based photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter, this traveling exhibition is a visual survey of California’s diverse and delicately-balanced ecosystems that reveals the effects of global warming and other human impacts on our native plants.
Organized by the Skirball Cultural Center in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “Light & Noir: Exiles & Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950″ highlights the history of émigrés in the American film industry who fled Europe as refugees of Nazi persecution and their legacy in American cinema and culture through achievements in the film noir genre and classic films, such as “Casablanca” (1942), “Double Indemnity” (1944), “Mildred Pierce” (1945), “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) and more.
“Art & Advocacy: To Be Developmentally Disabled (TBD)” is a new exhibit of original works by California artists with developmental disabilities.
Presented in partnership with the California Disability Community Action Network (CDCAN) and Choices Person Centered Services with the California Person Centered Advocacy Partnership, Claraty Arts and The Art of Autism, the exhibit challenges assumptions about people with developmental disabilities.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the California Legislative Black Caucus for Black History Month, this all new exhibit highlights California’s place at the forefront of African American political participation.
Highlights include photographs, art, artifacts and ephemera chronicling the Caucus’ notable members, activities and accomplishments, and its leadership role in the state’s civil rights history.
“Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown” is an all new exhibit surveying the experience of local Japanese Americans in the early 20th century.
Featuring rare family photographs drawn from the personal collections of community members never before publicly displayed, the exhibit documents the memories at the heart of a once-thriving downtown community devastated first by forced removal during WWII and again by redevelopment in the 1950s.
Featuring selected works from the 1950s to present, “Primo Angeli: Evolution of a Legendary Designer” explores the legacy of graphic designer Primo Angeli. Based in Northern California since 1959, Angeli has built an international reputation for creating designs with maximum visual impact, emotional appeal and consumer recognition that continue to shape the field of graphic communications today.
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.”