Past Exhibitions

Exhibition
April 28, 2018 to June 10, 2018

The exhibition Ship of Dreams: Artists, Poets and Visionaries of the S.S. Vallejo is the story of how a decommissioned ferry boat became an important cultural crossroads in the history of California and America.  Moored on the north side of Sausalito, California in 1949, the S.S. Vallejo became the dynamic home and cultural incubator for artists, musicians and literary luminaries such as Gordon Onslow Ford, Alan Watts, Jean Varda, Allen Ginsberg, Wolfgang Paalen and many others.  This exhibition examines the contributions of the circle of S.S. Vallejo from 1949 to 1969 with important visual works of art by Onslow Ford, Varda, Paalen, Roberto Matta, Ruth Asawa, Lee Mullican, Fritz Rauh, Richard Bowman, J.B. Blunk and others.

Ship of Dreams: Artists, Poets and Visionaries of the S.S. Vallejo is the first ​exhibition to survey the full spectrum of creative life aboard the S.S. Vallejo from 1949 to 1969.  It was a pivotal period in the development of California and American culture with many of its thought leaders gravitating around this singular place on the edge of San Francisco Bay.
 
Watch our lecture on Alan Watts and Jean Varda here!
 
This exhibition is a collaboration between SVMA and Lucid Art Foundation.
 
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Exhibition
April 28, 2018 to June 10, 2018

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is pleased to present Her View: The Bay Area Figuration of Gail Chadell Nanao, the first solo retrospective of the Berkeley-based artist associated with the Bay Area Figurative movement of the 1950s. Nanao's work blends the spontaneous bravura brushwork of Abstract Expressionism with a reimagining of figuration. Having studied in the early 1960s at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) with Nathan Oliveira and James Weeks, Nanao is situated amongst the second generation of Bay Area Figurative artists alongside Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, and Bruce McGaw. Nanao had important early exhibitions of her work in New York and Tokyo in the 1960s, but dropped from the public eye until the early 2000s when her work was rediscovered.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will present the full range of Nanao’s work, from her dark, existentialist paintings of the early 1960s, such as Birthday Party (1963)—a response to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy—to her dramatic Venus and Adonis series, which shows her consummate handling of the drip and gesture, informed by a range of influences, from Asian calligraphy to modern masters such Edvard Munch and Francis Bacon.

Learn more about Gail and her work here: Studio Visit with Artist Gail Chadell Nanao by Jackie Lee

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We are Installing
Exhibition
April 16, 2018 to April 27, 2018

Please Pardon our appearance, we are preparing the Museum for our next exhibitions:

Ship of Dreams: Artists, Poets and Visionaries of the S.S. Vallejo and Her View: The Bay Area Figuration of Gail Chadell Nanao

Exhibition
March 28, 2018 to April 15, 2018

The exhibitions Libros de Artista: Artist’s Books from Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora and An Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London provided the foundation for the 2018 Art Rewards the Student (A.R.T.S.) program. Each year A.R.T.S. provides—at no cost to the schools—museum visits, studio activities, and art instruction in the classroom to more than 750 4th- and 5th-grade students in Sonoma Valley. 

Exhibition
January 20, 2018 to April 15, 2018

Jack London (1876-1916) is revered as the quintessential American novelist and short story writer, and in the Sonoma area he is a renowned native son. His internationally celebrated literary works include The Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, White Fang, and Martin Eden. Less well known are London’s concurrent explorations in photography. This exhibition will introduce an array of the writer’s photographs gathered from his adventures as a war correspondent and global sailor. Included are views from the Russo-Japanese War, San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire, and visits to Hawaii and the South Seas islands. They reveal London’s avid curiosity, his perceptive and compassionate eye, and his remarkable comprehension of the then-new art of photography. Curated by Helaine Glick.

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Jane & Jerry Baldwin
Bob and Carol Nicholas
Jean Simpson
Marcie & Dave Waldron
Douglas Fenn Wilson

 
 
Exhibition
January 20, 2018 to April 15, 2018

Libros de Artista will feature about 40 contemporary limited edition books created by Latin American artists, sourced from both the original artists in Mexico and from the Latin American & Iberian Collections at Stanford University Libraries. 

The books in the exhibition reveal a wide range of artistic, political and personal concerns. Topics explored include the relationship between gender and power, immigration, censorship, border control politics and other themes that are becoming more and more relevant to lives both north and south of the border.

Libros de Artista offers an enthusiastic ride through a world of strong graphic tradition, deeply felt relationships to material objects, profound knowledge of craft and a judicious use of technology. Curated by Simon Blattner.

    

Susan & Gary Campbell

Exhibition
October 21, 2017 to January 7, 2018

This exhibition surveys sculpture by contemporary California women artists. Sculpture as a medium is dominated by men, but in the past few years, various exhibitions have featured solely female sculptors. These works will challenge traditional views, and highlight the creativity and versatility of female artists. Artists include: Alison Saar, Ynez Johnston, Gwynn Murrill, Gertrud Parker, Jane Rosen, Lisa Reinertson and Diana Moore. 

Exhibition
October 21, 2017 to January 7, 2018
 
David Ligare is an American contemporary classicist painter. Since 1978, Ligare has focused on painting still lifes, landscapes, and figures that are influenced by Greco-Roman antiquity. Chief among his stated influences are the aesthetic and philosophical theories of the Greek sculptor Polykleitos and the mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, as well as the work of the 17th-century classical painter Nicolas Poussin. This exhibition will explore Ligare’s creative process by focusing on the steps it took to create his 2014 artwork, Magna Fide.
 
      
Exhibition
July 1, 2017 to October 1, 2017
Albert Paley (born 1944) is an American modernist metal sculptor. Initially starting out as a jeweler, Paley has become one of the most distinguished and influential metalsmiths in the world. Within each of his works, three foundational elements stay true: the natural environment, the built environment, and the human presence. Paley is the first metal sculptor to have received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects. This exhibition will explore Paley’s process and will feature large-scale sculptures, drawings, and maquettes.
 
In addition to SVMA's museum exhibition, the City of Sonoma will witness a summer-long display of several of Paley's larger-scale works. In Sonoma Plaza, Depot Park, at the Sonoma Community Center, and adjacent to the museum, will be the largest public art installation ever seen in Sonoma.  SVMA will provide docent-led walking tours of both the public art installation and museum exhibition. We wish to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support in bringing this work to Sonoma.
 
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and John & Pam Story, David Keaton & Linda Cano, Steven & Troy Hightower, Gary & Polly Hultquist, and Yvonne Hall
Exhibition
April 15, 2017 to June 18, 2017

A mini-retrospective of the work of a media arts-pioneer. 

Joseph DeLappe has been working in the field of new media and politically based art for over 25 years. This exhibition highlights several key works, ranging from “dead-in-iraq”, wherein he entered an online network for a defense department-funded and very popular video game to type in the names of fallen US soldiers from the Iraq war to his most recent explorations of the cost and consequences of drone warfare, including the recent project “Killbox”, the critically acclaimed computer game. These and other works will represent a history of projects that seek to engage issues of memory and political action, to critically question our complicity, reliance and embrace of new technologies.

 

  

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