Making its debut at the California Museum, “Dolores
Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en Los Campos” is a
new traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution
exploring the life and legacy of the legendary Latina activist
who broke barriers for more than six decades, starting with her
work advocating for farm workers’ rights in the 1960s and
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
“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
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.