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Upcoming Exhibitions


Winter/Spring 2020

Click here for information on exhibitions opening January 25, 2020


Summer/Fall 2020

July 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

Nathan Oliveira:  Rare Works from the Private Collections of His Children

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July 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

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


Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2020: Kim Abeles

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July 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

The Fresno Art Museum celebrates its Council of 100's 2020 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 


Art of the Word: Celebrating Differences
Illustrations by Rafael López
Based on the book Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor 

July 25, 2020 to June 20, 2021

 

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The children’s book Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You teaches empathy through the illustrations of Rafael López. They help to tell the story by United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who bases the narrative on her own personal history of being different as a child, having been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age seven.

Rafael López’ vibrant illustrations celebrate the different abilities that each of us uniquely possess and how people working together can accomplish amazing things through each one’s unique contributions. The child-friendly illustrations enhance the special qualities of people’s disabilities that are often-ignored topics. Sotomayor’s personal story and López’ delightful illustrations remind and encourage each of us to not make judgments about someone’s behavior or the way they look until we understand the whole story. They encourage us to “Just ask!

The artwork displayed was created by combining traditional pencil drawing, watercolor, and acrylic with digital manipulation. While the Fresno Art Museum does not typically display giclée reproductions (with the exception of photographs), we are finding that many of today’s illustrators use a combination of traditional painting and drawing techniques and a computer to create their finished images. In order to share these works with the public, we had the artist supply us with digital prints to recreate the original image in the book. Along with those digital prints, the exhibition includes some of López’ original hand-painted and drawn elements that contributed to the final artworks.

Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist whose work brings diverse characters to children’s books. He is driven to produce and promote books that reflect and honor the lives of all young people. Born and raised in Mexico City to architect parents, he was immersed in the rich visual heritage, music, and surrealism of his native culture which reflects in his illustrations. He is a two-time #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator for Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You written by Sonia Sotomayor and The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson. He has two Pura Belpre Medals as the award-winning illustrator of Drum Dream Girl and Book Fiesta!; and the three-time Pura Belpre Honor award-winning illustrator of Tito Puente: Mambo King; The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred; and My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz.

In addition, López is a founder of the Urban Art Trail movement in San Diego’s East Village. His murals can be found in urban areas, at children’s hospitals, in public schools, under freeways and at farmer’s markets around the country. His community work with murals is the subject of the children’s book Maybe Something Beautiful, How Art Transformed a Neighborhood. Rafael has also been commissioned to create seven United States Postal Stamps.

These days, López lives and works in an industrial loft in downtown San Diego and at his home/studio in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Exhibition Curator, Susan Yost Filgate, Fresno Art Museum Education Director

Image: Rafael Lopez, book cover for Just Ask!

Exhibition funded in part by the Bonner Family Foundation and The Foundation @FCOE


Winter/Spring 2021
February 6 to June 27, 2021

Maurice Sendak: Fifty Years, Fifty Works, Fifty Reasons

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February 5 to June 20, 2021

The exhibition is a retrospective of original works by Maurice Sendak, including sketches, illustrations, and works on paper. It showcases highlights from his career and the diverse art forms for which he was renowned, from children's literature to Broadway, opera, animated films, and young adult textbooks. It includes interactive elements especially appealing to children. 

Special thanks to the lender of the exhibition and to AFANYC for their support.

Exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum made possible by the generous support of the Bonner Family Foundation.

Image from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
© Maurice Sendak: All Rights Reserved.


Art Dyson: Architecture (working title)
February 5 to June 20, 2021


Bonnie Peterson: Another Glorious Sierra Day
February 5 to June 20, 2021

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Another Glorious Sierra Day is an exhibition of narrative art about geography and science in the Sierra Nevada. Artist Bonnie Peterson mixes embroidery with a variety of source materials such as scientific data and early explorers’ journals. Wilderness experiences inform her work. Peterson grew up in the Midwest but has been backpacking in the Sierras since the 1980s. In 1997, she participated in an artist residency at Yosemite. Her selection of textiles and maps integrate the geographic features of the Sierras with 19th and 20th century exploration and contemporary wildness encounters. Using rich fabrics and intricate stitching, her work provides a unique opportunity to create interest in further research on the Sierra environment and geography.

Curator: FAM Curator, Sarah Vargas

Image: Valley of DomesEmbroidery and heat transfers on satin, velvet and brocade, stitched, 43" H x 45" W.


Summer/Fall 2021

Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2021: Martha Casanave

July 31, 2021 to January 9, 2022


Winter/Spring 2022
February 4 to June 26, 2022

Andy Warhol: A Life in Pop

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) was one of the central figures of the Pop Art movement and one of the most recognizable artists of the second half of the twentieth century. Warhol acquired fame through his work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, filmmaking, and publishing, but printmaking was always a central part of his art and his way of viewing the world. Through prints, Warhol explored the aesthetics and mechanics of mass-produced images and popular culture.

This exhibition includes portfolios and individual prints by Warhol, starting with iconic works from the mid-1960s to the series of monoprints Vesuvius, created in 1985. These prints demonstrate many aspects of Warhol’s art, including his brilliance as a colorist, which can be seen in the early Flowers and Sunset series. In later series, Warhol experimented with the silkscreen printing process to create complex surface layers. Warhol was a master at identifying the defining cultural images of his time. 

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This exhibition has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in our Communities program. 


Ansel Adams: 120 Years

 

 

 

 
 
 

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