Current Exhibitions

Exhibition
April 16, 2018 to April 27, 2018

Please Pardon our appearance, we are preparing the Museum for our next exhibitions:

Ship of Dreams: Artists, Poets and Visionaries of the S.S. Vallejo and Her View: The Bay Area Figuration of Gail Chadell Nanao

Upcoming Exhibitions

Exhibition
April 28 to June 10, 2018

The exhibition Ship of Dreams: Artists, Poets and Visionaries of the S.S. Vallejo is the story of how a decommissioned ferry boat became an important cultural crossroads in the history of California and America.  Moored on the north side of Sausalito, California in 1949, the S.S. Vallejo became the dynamic home and cultural incubator for artists, musicians and literary luminaries such as Gordon Onslow Ford, Alan Watts, Jean Varda, Allen Ginsberg, Wolfgang Paalen and many others.  This exhibition examines the contributions of the circle of S.S. Vallejo from 1949 to 1969 with important visual works of art by Onslow Ford, Varda, Paalen, Roberto Matta, Ruth Asawa, Lee Mullican, Fritz Rauh, Richard Bowman, J.B. Blunk and others.

Ship of Dreams: Artists, Poets and Visionaries of the S.S. Vallejo is the first ​exhibition to survey the full spectrum of creative life aboard the S.S. Vallejo from 1949 to 1969.  It was a pivotal period in the development of California and American culture with many of its thought leaders gravitating around this singular place on the edge of San Francisco Bay.
 
This exhibition is a collaboration between SVMA and Lucid Art Foundation.
 

 

Exhibition
April 28 to June 10, 2018

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is pleased to present Her View: The Bay Area Figuration of Gail Chadell Nanao, the first solo retrospective of the Berkeley-based artist associated with the Bay Area Figurative movement of the 1950s. Nanao's work blends the spontaneous bravura brushwork of Abstract Expressionism with a reimagining of figuration. Having studied in the early 1960s at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) with Nathan Oliveira and James Weeks, Nanao is situated amongst the second generation of Bay Area Figurative artists alongside Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, and Bruce McGaw. Nanao had important early exhibitions of her work in New York and Tokyo in the 1960s, but dropped from the public eye until the early 2000s when her work was rediscovered.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will present the full range of Nanao’s work, from her dark, existentialist paintings of the early 1960s, such as Birthday Party (1963)—a response to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy—to her dramatic Venus and Adonis series, which shows her consummate handling of the drip and gesture, informed by a range of influences, from Asian calligraphy to modern masters such Edvard Munch and Francis Bacon.

Exhibition
June 23 to September 16, 2018

Amalia Mesa-Bains is known for her contemporary interpretation of Chicanx altars and the Latinx aesthetic. As an activist, educator, artist, and cultural critic, Mesa-Bains advocates for a more nuanced understanding of multi-culturalism and traditions. Her artworks resonate both in contemporary formal terms and in their ties to her Chicano community and history. She has pioneered the documentation and interpretation of long-neglected Chicano traditions in Mexican-American art, both through her cultural activism and through her own altar installations.

 

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