Winter 2019 Exhibitions
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.
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.
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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