Past Exhibitions

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Exhibition
September 17, 2018 to September 28, 2018

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

20 Sonoma Collectors and From Fire, Love Rises

Exhibition
June 23, 2018 to September 16, 2018

In this exhibition, Amalia Mesa-Bains focuses on the importance of place and memory through botanical prints, mapping images, landscape shadow boxes, altars, folding books and installations. The themes of family geographies and historical displacements of Latino and native peoples are represented through border maps, archival images and native plants. The narratives of human geography help us to see that our private landscapes have always been part of larger public territories beset by histories of change, loss and memory. 

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Exhibition
June 6, 2018 to October 21, 2018
SVMA features public art in Sonoma Plaza for a second season with artworks by Gwynn Murrill, Lisa Reinertson, and Alison Saar. Each of these women sculptors play an important role in evolving the canon of California art and in the craft of sculpture.
 
Each artwork features a shared concern for the natural world as well as human-animal interests concerning friendship, love, and the parent-child bond.
 
Free tours exploring the exhibition will be offered on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 11:45am. Visitors can meet the guides at the SVMA museum front doors and walk over to the square. Admission is free and donations are always welcome.
 
Photo Credit : Grace Cheung-Schulman
 
Presented by the Museum in partnership with the City of Sonoma. 
 
 
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Dana Simpson-Stokes and Ken Stokes
             
Exhibition
April 28, 2018 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.
 
Watch our lecture on Alan Watts and Jean Varda here!
 
This exhibition is a collaboration between SVMA and Lucid Art Foundation.
 
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Exhibition
April 28, 2018 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.

Learn more about Gail and her work here: Studio Visit with Artist Gail Chadell Nanao by Jackie Lee

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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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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. 

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