Kim Abeles: A Survey
Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2021
New dates:  July 30, 2022 to January 8, 2023




The Fresno Art Museum celebrates its Council of 100's 2021 Honoree, Kim Abeles, with a solo exhibition heralding her work as an interdisciplinary artist known for her feminist subject matter, and her community-based projects that explore biography, geography, and the environment. Abeles has exhibited in 22 countries and has received a number of significant awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her works are in the permanent collections of MOCA, LACMA, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, among others. Abeles is the 33rd consecutive female American artist to receive the Distinguished Woman Artist award by the Council of 100 at the Fresno Art Museum.


Image: Kim Abeles, Sweet Dreams, Video Wall, 2006, Multiple videos embedded in wall created with hand-drawn/digital prints; welded steel and chiffon baby furniture; ancillary artworks, including video embedded in chiffon pillow, 12' x 25' x 16', originally commissioned by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts 



Bruce Beasley: A New Direction, Collages and Sculpture
NEW DATE: Winter/Spring 2023


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Internationally known, Oakland, California-based sculptor Bruce Beasley expresses new directions in his work with this solo exhibition. His monumental bronze, Breakout III, has graced the exterior of this museum since June 2000 when it was gifted to FAM’s permanent collection.


It is an honor to expand our appreciation of Beasley’s 60-year career with this exhibition. Selected works include a series of large-scale collages created in 2018 using virtual reality. A new direction for the artist, he places his gestures on a computer in a limitless virtual space, captures the imagery, and then prints these monumental gestures onto canvas. He then cuts them up into fragments and reassembles them using the collage technique.


Juxtaposed with the monumental, two-dimensional, black-and-white collages are new sculptures that mirror the gestural qualities of the wall pieces. They have never been seen before, nor in relation to the collages.


A catalog accompanies the exhibition.


Exhibition Curator: Michele Ellis Pracy, FAM Executive Director & Chief Curator 


Image: The artist pictured with one of his collage works.



Mexican Folk Art and Printmaking from the Permanent Collection 


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Dates to be announced




Image: Heron Martinez, Candelero - Goatpediment, n.d., Painted ceramic, Purchase through the Harnish Memorial Funds and Ikebana International, Fresno Chapter, FAM72.1273


Exhibition Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Curator