Past Exhibitions

Exhibition
March 28, 2018 to April 15, 2018

The exhibitions Libros de Artista: Artist’s Books from Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora and An Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London provided the foundation for the 2018 Art Rewards the Student (A.R.T.S.) program. Each year A.R.T.S. provides—at no cost to the schools—museum visits, studio activities, and art instruction in the classroom to more than 750 4th- and 5th-grade students in Sonoma Valley. 

Exhibition
January 20, 2018 to April 15, 2018

Jack London (1876-1916) is revered as the quintessential American novelist and short story writer, and in the Sonoma area he is a renowned native son. His internationally celebrated literary works include The Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, White Fang, and Martin Eden. Less well known are London’s concurrent explorations in photography. This exhibition will introduce an array of the writer’s photographs gathered from his adventures as a war correspondent and global sailor. Included are views from the Russo-Japanese War, San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire, and visits to Hawaii and the South Seas islands. They reveal London’s avid curiosity, his perceptive and compassionate eye, and his remarkable comprehension of the then-new art of photography. Curated by Helaine Glick.

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Anonymous
Jane & Jerry Baldwin
Bob and Carol Nicholas
Jean Simpson
Marcie & Dave Waldron
Douglas Fenn Wilson

 
 
Exhibition
January 20, 2018 to April 15, 2018

Libros de Artista will feature about 40 contemporary limited edition books created by Latin American artists, sourced from both the original artists in Mexico and from the Latin American & Iberian Collections at Stanford University Libraries. 

The books in the exhibition reveal a wide range of artistic, political and personal concerns. Topics explored include the relationship between gender and power, immigration, censorship, border control politics and other themes that are becoming more and more relevant to lives both north and south of the border.

Libros de Artista offers an enthusiastic ride through a world of strong graphic tradition, deeply felt relationships to material objects, profound knowledge of craft and a judicious use of technology. Curated by Simon Blattner.

    

Susan & Gary Campbell

Exhibition
October 21, 2017 to January 7, 2018
 
David Ligare is an American contemporary classicist painter. Since 1978, Ligare has focused on painting still lifes, landscapes, and figures that are influenced by Greco-Roman antiquity. Chief among his stated influences are the aesthetic and philosophical theories of the Greek sculptor Polykleitos and the mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, as well as the work of the 17th-century classical painter Nicolas Poussin. This exhibition will explore Ligare’s creative process by focusing on the steps it took to create his 2014 artwork, Magna Fide.
 
      
Exhibition
October 21, 2017 to January 7, 2018

This exhibition surveys sculpture by contemporary California women artists. Sculpture as a medium is dominated by men, but in the past few years, various exhibitions have featured solely female sculptors. These works will challenge traditional views, and highlight the creativity and versatility of female artists. Artists include: Alison Saar, Ynez Johnston, Gwynn Murrill, Gertrud Parker, Jane Rosen, Lisa Reinertson and Diana Moore. 

Exhibition
July 1, 2017 to October 1, 2017
Albert Paley (born 1944) is an American modernist metal sculptor. Initially starting out as a jeweler, Paley has become one of the most distinguished and influential metalsmiths in the world. Within each of his works, three foundational elements stay true: the natural environment, the built environment, and the human presence. Paley is the first metal sculptor to have received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects. This exhibition will explore Paley’s process and will feature large-scale sculptures, drawings, and maquettes.
 
In addition to SVMA's museum exhibition, the City of Sonoma will witness a summer-long display of several of Paley's larger-scale works. In Sonoma Plaza, Depot Park, at the Sonoma Community Center, and adjacent to the museum, will be the largest public art installation ever seen in Sonoma.  SVMA will provide docent-led walking tours of both the public art installation and museum exhibition. We wish to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support in bringing this work to Sonoma.
 
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and John & Pam Story, David Keaton & Linda Cano, Steven & Troy Hightower, Gary & Polly Hultquist, and Yvonne Hall
Exhibition
April 15, 2017 to June 18, 2017

A mini-retrospective of the work of a media arts-pioneer. 

Joseph DeLappe has been working in the field of new media and politically based art for over 25 years. This exhibition highlights several key works, ranging from “dead-in-iraq”, wherein he entered an online network for a defense department-funded and very popular video game to type in the names of fallen US soldiers from the Iraq war to his most recent explorations of the cost and consequences of drone warfare, including the recent project “Killbox”, the critically acclaimed computer game. These and other works will represent a history of projects that seek to engage issues of memory and political action, to critically question our complicity, reliance and embrace of new technologies.

 

  

Exhibition
January 14, 2017 to April 2, 2017

Eye of the Beholder – The Sculpture and Early Prints of Nathan Oliveira offers a fascinating glimpse into the significant artistic accomplishments of a pivotal post-war artist. This survey of Oliveira’s early printmaking career bridges astonishing early work from the late 1940s and traces his artistic development through the 1950s and 1960s. These lithography works are dramatically paired for the first time with later bronze sculptures that provide perhaps one of the most unique and insightful views into the creative contributions of the artist.

Printmaking was much more than a sideline production for Nathan Oliveira. It was in fact a central part of his artistic development throughout his long career. As testimonial, Oliveira was the youngest artist to be included in the 1959 New Images of Man exhibition at NYMOMA, and soon after he turned away from painting to devote himself completely to printmaking. Sourcing rare and well-known works generously loaned from private collections and the Oliveira estate, this exhibition promises an unequalled view of the lithography and sculpture of Nathan Oliveira.

Exhibition
January 14, 2017 to April 2, 2017

Karl Albert Kasten (1916-2010) pioneered materials, techniques and theory as artist, teacher and inventor. Celebrated as “The Dean of California Printmaking,” Kasten began his teaching career at the California School of Fine Arts in 1941, and established the first printmaking departments in California at San Francisco State University and the University of California Berkeley in 1950, where he taught until 1983. Ranging from early representational prints through a multitude of styles and processes including etching, aquatint, lithography and collography, this exhibition offers a rich opportunity to survey one of the pivotal voices in the evolution and advancement of modern graphic arts.

 
Exhibition
October 8, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Spanning one century of groundbreaking images and featuring many of the world’s renowned artists, XXc ICONS of PHOTOGRAPHY presents a unique opportunity to view the best of world photography. From portraiture, landscape, photojournalism, abstraction, fashion and works that defy genre, this selection presents masterworks from private collections throughout California. The exhibition focuses on both well-known legendary images by preeminent artists as well as lesser-known masterworks that each provide insight into the rich diversity of fine art photography that ultimately dominated expression in the 20th Century.
 
This collection testifies to the evolution of the art form that, more than any other medium, has shaped and changed every aspect of how we view our world. Included are works by Adams, Abbott, Arbus, Atget, Avedon, Baer, Bernhard, Bourke-White, Bullock, Callahan, Capa, Caponigro, Cartier-Bresson, Clergue, Cunningham, Frank, Friedlander, Haley, Karsh, Kertesz, Leibovitz, Loranc, Mann, Mapplethorpe, Modotti, Moholy-Nagy, Muybridge, Newton, Penn, Ray, Ryuijie, Salgado, Sella, Sheeler, Sherman, Sokolsky, Steichen, Stieglitz, Strand, Sudek, Takigawa, Uelsmann, Weems, Edward and Brett Weston,  and Winogrand.  

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