Summer 2019 Exhibitions


Douglas Busch ,  110 Freeway Los Angeles, CA  (detail), 1993, Platinum Print, 12 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

Douglas Busch, 110 Freeway Los Angeles, CA (detail), 1993, Platinum Print, 12 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

Platinum
Photographs by Douglas Isaac Busch & E.F. Kitchen

With support from Mestmaker & Petrey Wealth Advisors, Inc.

May 9, 2019 - August 17, 2019

In photography, platinum prints (and their close cousins, palladium prints) are valued for their velvet matte surface, subtle range of tones, delicate rendering of the image, and colors which vary from cool greys to warm, rich browns. Patented in 1873, the platinum process has been used nearly consistently to the present. Although many photographers experiment with the platinum process, few have explored the medium as extensively as Douglas Isaac Busch and Elizabeth Kitchen. Both of these California based photographers have produced extensive bodies of work in platinum, exploiting the particular characteristics of the materials to produce innovative and compelling prints.


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The Sublime
2019 Visual Arts Festival

With support from Bernie & Joan Herman and
John Edward Powell, Architectural Historian, in recognition of Cheryl D. Peter

May 9, 2019 - August 24, 2019

The sublime has long been understood in the arts to mean a quality of greatness or grandeur that inspires awe and wonder. Elation, melancholy, awe and horror: the immeasurable intensities of these feelings become visual articulations and ruminations as part of the 2019 Visual Arts Festival. The work by the artists serves to exalt these spirits of universal experience to the viewer. The Visual Arts Festival has been a BMoA tradition since 1989. This year marks the 18th biennially held festival. Any artist living in California is able to participate.


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Wake Up
Selections from Students in the BMoA ArtWorks Program

Presented by the Robert Raskind Charitable Foundation
With additional support from Bank of the Sierra

May 9, 2019 - August 24, 2019

This exhibition celebrates the work of fifteen high school juniors and seniors who participated in BMoA’s 2019 ArtWorks Program. Throughout this semester-long experience, students had the opportunity to work alongside Museum instructors, 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 conceived theme “Wake Up!”


Ongoing Exhibitions


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.


Exhibition proposals are welcome. Click here for more information.