Featuring more than 200 photographs and negatives taken by Susumu “Sus” Ito (1919-2015), “Before They Were Heroes” documents Ito’s tour of duty in Europe as a soldier in the celebrated all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team’s 522nd Field Artillery Battalion.
Sikhs have been part of the fabric of America for over a century. Though subject to racism and violence since they first immigrated to the U.S., Sikh Americans have experienced increased hate crimes, discrimination, bullying and racial profiling since 9/11.
The Sikh Coalition’s national traveling exhibit “The Sikh Project” challenged misconceptions and bigotry through photographs and accompanying stories capturing the beauty and diversity of the Sikh community in the United States.
Portraits by British photographers Amit and Naroop on display featured several California Sikhs, including a third-generation farmer, a violinist and one of the longest-serving turbaned law enforcement officers in the U.S.
The exhibit was presented in recognition of November’s California Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.
“California at Bat: America’s Pastime in the Golden State” chronicles the state’s history of baseball from the Gold Rush to the modern era, revealing its legacy of all-stars and the contributions of women, African American, Latino and other players who broke barriers to broaden its enduring appeal.
Opening at the Museum’s Día de Los Muertos Fiesta on Fri., Oct. 12, “Celebración de Almas: Día de Los Muertos 2018” (“Soul Celebration: Day of the Dead 2018”) is a new exhibit featuring original art and contemporary altar installations by California artists Francisco Franco, John S. Huerta and Rob-O of I Love Sugar Skulls.
A journey through life, love and death, the exhibit explores 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 Mexico and California.
Members of the public are also invited to remember a lost loved one by leaving a tribute in the exhibit’s Community Altar.
“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.