Current Exhibitions

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.
 
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.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Exhibition
June 6 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.
 
Tours exploring the exhbition 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.
 
 
Presented by the Museum in partnership with the City of Sonoma. 
 
 
Sponsored by: 
Dana Simpson-Stokes and Ken Stokes
            
Exhibition
June 23 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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