For over a decade, the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) has presented the range of our State’s art and design through exhibits that showcase the influences and cultures that have shaped California. Continuing with that mission, there are currently three exhibitions you are invited to enjoy.
Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections spans fifty years and is the first major museum exhibition of his work in over ten years. It is also one of the Pasadena Museum of Calfornia Art’s most ambitious projects in its history. Known as one of the twentieth century’s most influential painters of light and color and celebrated internationally, Sam Francis was a California native and finished his last series of paintings in his Santa Monica studio. The exhibition includes works from public and private California collections, many of which are on view to the public for the first time. The Pasadena exhibition is curated by renowned art historian Peter Selz, Ph.D., former curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Debra Burchett-Lere, the executive director and interim president of the Sam Francis Foundation.
A special event at the Pasadena museum is scheduled for November 3 at 3 p.m., during which Burchett-Lere will lead a walkthrough of the exhibition and discuss Francis’s mastery of color and light by pointing at specific paintings. This event will be free of charge with paid admission into the Museum.
In the Back Gallery is Ignite! The Art of Sustainability which incorporates both historical and contemporary perspectives on the natural and human forces that have shaped the current landscape of California. Artists Kim Abeles, Robert Dawson, Sant Khalsa, Judith Lowry, Linda MacDonald, Ann Savageau, and Kim Stringfellow, who are known for their focus on environmental issues, created new works to translate and interpret the complexity of current ecological challenges. Additional works from artists Penelope Gottlieb, Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, Gyöngy Laky, Luke Matjas and Daniel McCormick were added to deepen the exploration of California’s ecology at local and regional levels. The artists’ approaches are multidisciplinary, drawing on art, science, spirituality, and social justice.
Finally, in the Museum’s Project Room, Brazilian/American artist Bia Gayotto investigates how people respond to navigating and inhabiting two or more places and cultures. Through an open call, she invited Los Angeles area residents living along Route 66 who identify as multi-cultural to participate in an interview and video shoot that would examine the life in twenty-one neighborhoods along the route from Pasadena to Santa Monica, including Chinatown, Little Armenia, Echo Park, Thai Town, and others. Somewhere In Between: Los Angeles is the third chapter in a series that previously centered on Silicon Valley and Chicago. The questions Gayotto asked of the participants were designed to stimulate a dialogue reflecting the duality of cultures, language, individual identity, and where they call “home.” By juxtaposing cityscapes, architecture, and domestic settings with images of the participants performing simple, everyday actions, Gayotto offers a broader multilayered portrait of the greater Los Angeles area.
The Pasadena Museum of California is located at 490 East Union Street and is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. (third Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. only). Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, and free to all on the first Friday and third Thursday of each month. Learn more at www.pmcaonline.org
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