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.
Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters In America reveals the history of a small group of independent American women who helped shape the nation’s social and cultural landscape. Over the last 300 years, the sisters built and managed schools, hospitals, orphanages and other social institutions that have endured during eras when most women had few — if any — professional opportunities.
As inspirational trailblazers, they corresponded with President Thomas Jefferson, talked down bandits and roughnecks in the Wild West and provided the first form of health insurance to Midwestern loggers. As an overlooked part of history, they played instrumental roles in significant American turning points — from the Civil War, Gold Rush and San Francisco Earthquake to the Depression, Civil Rights Movement and Hurricane Katrina.
An adjoining installation features the history of a group of California sisters who came to San Francisco in 1851 and became pioneers in quality, affordable child care in 1878, long before its existence today.
To learn more, visit the national touring exhibition web site WomenandSpirit.org. Sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in association with Cincinnati Museum Center.
Media, please visit the online press center for California exhibit materials including image gallery and media kit.
Curated by legendary Z-Boy Nathan Pratt, co-star of the 2002 documentary “Dogtown and Z- Boys”, this all-new exhibit explores the California-created sport of skateboarding.
From the earliest 1950s wood plank and metal roller skate wheel prototypes to the modern engineered marvels of today, rare boards and ephemera document the evolution of “sidewalk surfing.” Highlights include many of the sports’ firsts, including the first pro model skateboard, the first board with urethane wheels and the first Zephyr board. Over 200 unique items, many from The Sidewalk Shop, Skatelab and Z-BOY® Archive collections, are on display including Tony Hawk’s autographed personal board, an extremely rare Willie Mays board and gear from over 30 California pros.
Multimedia presentations featuring the revolutionary riders, artists and manufacturers reveal how riding concrete evolved from a subculture of teenage defiance to an iconic worldwide cultural phenomenon.
Photos of Nathan Pratt by Craig Stecyk. Courtesy of Z-BOY® Archive.
Celebrating the class of 2010 California Hall of Fame, this year’s exhibition is over 3,000-square feet and includes more than 100 unique items, many of which have never been publicly displayed such as:
The recreated office of Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown containing desk, chair, lamp, blotter and a marlin caught by the former California governor
Props used in the block-buster films of James Cameron, including maquettes and spears from Avatar, life-size Terminator statue, machine from Aliens, ship’s wheel and engine wheel from Titanic and more
The restored 1933 Lincoln automobile owned by Bank of America founder and father of modern banking, A.P. Giannini
Custom suit, gold records and Fender Haggard Tuff Dog guitar played by country music legend Merle Haggard
Several costumes worn by music and film icon Barbra Streisand in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, My Name Is Barbra and Yentl; her first contract with the Bon Soir; albums, tickets, movie posters and rare Broadway billboard from Funny Girl
Wayne Thiebaud gallery personally containing works selected by the artist himself
The pilot script from Golden Girls signed by the original cast and an Emmy® won by comedienne Betty White