Summer 2018 Exhibitions

The Bakersfield Museum of Art proudly presents the following Exhibitions:


Charles Arnoldi: Forms, A Fifty Year Survey

May 10, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Charles Arnoldi is one of the most significant contemporary abstract painters, sculptors and printmakers of our generation. Emerging out of the booming 1970s Los Angeles art scene, Arnoldi’s paintings are experimentations in color, form and structure. Forms, A Fifty Year Survey highlights over 50 paintings, sculptures and works on paper beginning with the stick constructions and chainsaw wood relief paintings that brought him international acclaim early in his career through his most recent work which is inspired by a trip to Machu Picchu. Arnoldi’s work challenges, dissects and informs the traditional structure of form. Each piece is tirelessly configured and constructed, nuancing the relationship and subtleties of line and shape, color and material – the language of pure abstraction.


From Where I Stand:
Selections from Students in the BMoA ArtWorks Program

May 10, 2018 - August 6, 2018

This exhibition celebrates the work of fifteen high school juniors and seniors who participated in BMoA’s 2018 ArtWorks program. Throughout this semester-long experience, students had the opportunity to work alongside Museum Educators, guest speakers, and artists to empower their passion for the visual arts. In this exhibition, students present their own questions and/or answers addressing the group’s theme “From Where I Stand.”

Continuing Exhibitions:


Mark Adams: Works on Paper

January 25, 2018 - August 11, 2018

Works on Paper highlights thirty-six etchings, aquatints, and lithographs ranging in date from 1962 to 1996. Though now remembered for his luminous watercolors, San Francisco artist Mark Adams (1925-2006) began his career as a designer of tapestries, as well as stained glass pieces for liturgical buildings in America. In 1974, Adams grew frustrated with his craft and his lack of complete control over the creative process and devoted himself to painting in the hopes of creating small, intimate works. Adams realized that with watercolor, he could best apply his knowledge and techniques of working in flat planes of luminous and translucent color. The work on display depicts Adams' quintessential still-lifes and landscapes, all of which are painted with his luminous and compelling style and superb draftsmanship, iconizing the commonplace.

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LINE: Selections from the BMoA Permanent Collection

January 25, 2018 - August 25, 2018

As the shortest distance between two points, the line is a device that denotes chronological progression and leaves behind evidence of its trajectory. As a mode of confirming its existence as a single point in time, mankind’s earliest forms of expression involved simplistic renditions of its own physique and the life around it. These primitive expressions offer traces of a past that would cease to exist otherwise, becoming a single point in a historical network of visual stimuli that serves to represent the self in the real world.  

LINE chronicles an array of interpretations of the line from California artists throughout the course of over 50 years. These pieces from our permanent collection use line not simply as a realistic depiction of life, but to highlight and obscure the relationship between expected portrayals in movement, perspective, and repetition.

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Top Image:
Charles Arnoldi, Untitled, 1971, Acrylic on sticks, 91 x 91 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.