Winter 2019 Exhibitions


Gustavo Godoy ,  Fast-Formal Object: Flayed (detail) , 2010, plywood, metal, paint, and mixed media, Dimensions variable, Photo by Sven Kahns and the Wexner Center for the Arts

Gustavo Godoy, Fast-Formal Object: Flayed (detail), 2010, plywood, metal, paint, and mixed media, Dimensions variable, Photo by Sven Kahns and the Wexner Center for the Arts

The Prototype: Gustavo Godoy

January 24, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Los Angeles artist Gustavo Godoy’s work is based in the concepts of labor, construction, social systems, and traditions of formal abstraction. It functions in the challenging space between high and low culture, both modernist tradition and survivalist problem-solving. The Prototype is a project about the physical barriers that humans put up to separate and control each other. The site-specific structure is meant to be ominous yet enticing, playful, mysterious, and engaging.


James Byrd ,  Untitled Gouache (detail),  1978, gouache on handmade paper, 25.5 x 22 inches. BMoA Permanent Collection 1987.09.05

James Byrd, Untitled Gouache (detail), 1978, gouache on handmade paper, 25.5 x 22 inches. BMoA Permanent Collection 1987.09.05

Golden State: Selections from the BMoA Permanent Collection

January 24 2019 - August 10, 2019

The Bakersfield Museum of Art is pleased to present Golden State: Selections from the BMoA Permanent Collection, an exhibition illuminating the diverse and vivid landscapes of California life. Nicknamed “The Golden State” in 1968, residents and visitors of California marvel at the visual splendor and offerings of the land from end to end. Thriving as its own complex melting pot distinct from the rest of the U.S., California is home to a mélange of environments and populations. The artists featured in Golden State present glimpses and records integral to California identity from the early 1900s to the modern day, employing their preferred medium and tools to render the colorful and communal facets of the California experience.


Ongoing Exhibitions


Selden Gile ,  Clouds Over Lagoon,  ca. 1930s, oil on canvas, 15 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the Kern County Library Foundation

Selden Gile, Clouds Over Lagoon, ca. 1930s, oil on canvas, 15 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the Kern County Library Foundation

The Society of Six: California Colorists

September 13, 2018 - April 20, 2019

Six plein-air painters based in Oakland, California, joined together in the late 1910s and formed an association that lasted through the 1930s. During this period, the Society of Six - Seldon Gile, Louis Siegriest, Bernard von Eichman, August F. Gay, William H. Clapp and Maurice Logan - created paintings with vivid colors and expressive energy. Transcending the picturesque, the group was initially viewed as raw and rough but are now widely considered the pioneers of modernism in Northern California. Their impact was lost with The Great Depression and was only resurrected by scholars, historians, and curators in the 1980s, most specifically Nancy Boas, whose book on the group has become the foremost resource and shares its title with this exhibition.

Borrowing from private collections and the Kern County Library Foundation, Society of Six: California Colorists, strives to further familiarize the accomplishments and the resulting legacy of these artists who collectively came together to celebrate the California landscape.


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