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Upcoming Exhibitions

Schedule subject to change.


Summer/Fall 2022

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July 30, 2022 to January 8, 2023

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July 30, 2022 to January 8, 2023 

Kim Abeles (b. 1952) is the 33rd woman artist to be honored by the Museum’s Council of 100. Abeles is an American interdisciplinary artist and professor emerita currently living in Los Angeles. She is known for the social and political nature of her artwork and especially for her feminist perspective. Abeles has exhibited her works in 22 countries and has received a number of significant awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship. Additionally, she was a professor in public art, sculpture, and drawing at California State University, Northridge from 1998 to 2009, becoming professor emerita in 2010.

Opening July 30, 2022, her solo exhibition at FAM is organized as a survey providing examples of her work in the area of social and political consciousness. Some pieces are very personal while others address homeless women or women prisoners who work as firefighters. Also in this exhibition, Abeles addresses climate change and its effect on trees, human beings, our atmosphere, and the ever-present global smog. These artworks here will raise viewers’ awareness of the many crises facing our planet and humankind today.

In 1987, her work Smog Collector caught national and international attention, featured in Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio and the CBS Evening News. Abeles created an innovative technique using stencils and adhesives to collect smog particulates to produce symbols and images. Abeles was motivated to create the project through her own curiosity and the effects of a year-long protest against a factory near her home that she said was "spewing formaldehyde." She considers the work an ongoing series. Several smog installations are included in the Fresno Art Museum exhibition.

"The Smog Collectors materialize the reality of the air we breathe. I place cut, stenciled images on transparent or opaque plates or fabric, then leave these on the roof of my studio and let the particulate matter in the heavy air fall upon them. After a period of time, from four days to a month, the stencil is removed and the image is revealed in smog."

Another major installation at FAM includes Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence, created in 2011 for the nonprofit organization A Window Between Worlds. For this project, Abeles gathered 800 participants who were victims of domestic violence to share their stories and design a pearl. The pearl-making process required first an "irritant" (an object that each woman chose to symbolize or describe her abuser) which was then wrapped in mylar paper on which the women wrote or made drawings about their experiences. The women then bound these up with yarn and covered them in plaster bandages like those used to heal broken bones. After the plaster was painted, Abeles presented the beautiful pearls on individual velvet-covered shelves. Abeles shows us that "These women are not survivors, but rather, they are champions in the athletic and spiritual sense." Pearls of Wisdom emphasizes that beauty doesn't stem from bad experiences but instead from recovery.

Kim Abeles' artworks are held in these selected museum collections, among many others:
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's Paul D. Fleck Library Collection, Banff, Alberta, Canada
University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
California African American Museum, Los Angeles, California
Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach.
City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, California
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
The Museum of Modern Art Archives, Library, and Research Collections, New York
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Virginia
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, California
Orange County Museum of Art, Costa Mesa, California
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
Yucun Art Museum, Suzhou, China

Abeles is the recipient of a number of awards from the California Arts Council, the California Community Foundation, the Getty Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

www.kimabeles.com

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


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July 30, 2022 to June 25, 2023

The Fresno Art Museum is proud to present the visually dynamic and vibrant work of illustrator Raúl Colón from the book Light for All written by Cuban American author Margarita Engle. Published in December 2021, this children’s book is described as a lyrical and unifying picture book that “will inspire young readers” and “magnificently showcases the immigrant experience” in America (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

Raúl Colón’s images capture the immigrant experience and shed light on the many reasons people that come to our shores and the numerous contributions they make and have made to the fabric of our nation. His illustrations depict the hopes and dreams, the diversity and the commonalities, and the importance of acceptance and equity for all. The pictures help tell the story by emphasizing the words that America has been built by a variety of cultures and talents which have all contributed to making it a nation to be desired, to be a part of, and to create a future in. Not always a pretty history, it is our history and is a history we must learn from in order to move forward into the future. It is a country in which light should be shared by ALL who call the United States home no matter where they come from or what they look like.

The illustrator Raúl Colón was born in New York City and grew up and went to art school in Puerto Rico. At one time, he aspired to be a rock star, but to his mother’s delight, he chose to be an illustrator instead. In addition to illustrating over 30 children’s books, he has designed puppets, animated films, and created illustrations for The New York Times, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. He has illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books including several Pura Belpré award-winning books (one of which was for the book Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera, one of the featured books included in the 2016/2017 exhibition at FAM, Art of the Word 2.) Colón now works and lives with his family just outside of New York City in Rockland County, New York.

The author of Light for All, Margarita Engle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California but spent many summers in her mother’s hometown of Trinidad, Cuba where she bonded with both her extended family and the culture of Cuba. Like Mr. Colón, she has won many awards for her writing (including a Pura Belpré award for Drum Dream Girl illustrated by Rafael López who is the featured illustrator in the 2021/2022 FAM exhibition Celebrating Differences.) On her website (margaritaengle.com), she says, “I love to write about young people who made hopeful choices in situations that seemed hopeless. My own hope is that tales of courage and compassion will ring true for youthful readers as they make their own difficult decisions in modern times.” Ms. Engle works and lives in Fresno, California with her family.

Exhibition Curator: Susan Yost Filgate, FAM Education Director


 

Winter/Spring 2023
February 4 to June 25, 2023


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Nathan Oliveira (1928-2010) was a member of the “Bridge Generation” of the San Francisco Bay Area Figurative Movement during the 1950s and onward into the 1960s joining “First Generation” artists that included David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, Wayne Thiebaud, and James Weeks. In this first and only museum exhibition since his death in 2010, Nathan Oliveira: Rare Works From the Private Collections of His Children is an original exhibition of the Fresno Art Museum.

This exhibition is a treasure trove of over fifty rare drawings, monumental and small paintings, assemblage, lithographs, and bronzes. The selected works have rarely, if ever, been seen before by the public in either museum exhibitions or gallery presentations during his lifetime.

It was Nathan Oliveira’s process to bequeath his artwork to his children on an annual basis as their inheritance. This exhibition shares and assembles for the very first time these gifts by Oliveira to his three children: Joe, Lisa, and Gina. The exhibited works were chosen during studio visits to the homes of Joe Oliveira and Lisa Oliveira Lamoure, where I was given carte blanche to select (with their guidance) from pieces given to them by their father. As a curator, this was an indescribable experience.  

Oliveira came into prominence as a figurative painter in the late 1950s, counter to the then-dominant Abstract Expressionist trend. Yet Oliveira worked using a method much like certain Abstract Expressionist painters by beginning each of his works without a specific plan, applying pigment to the canvas almost at random until an image began to appear. Frequently, his works explored the relationships between people, animals, and nature, which are all well represented in this selection of rare works.

Nathan Oliveira was born in 1928 in Oakland, California to immigrant Portuguese parents. Since the late 1950s, Oliveira has been the subject of nearly one hundred solo exhibitions, in addition to having been included in hundreds of group exhibitions in important museums and galleries worldwide. He taught studio art for several decades in California beginning in the early 1950s at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland. After serving as a visiting artist at several universities, he became a professor of studio art at Stanford University.

His work is held in many major museum collections including the Tate Modern in London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum, all in New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Oakland Museum of California, and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, to name but a few. He is represented by the Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco.

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


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Internationally-known sculptor Bruce Beasley (b. 1939) expresses new directions in his work with this solo exhibition of collage and sculpture. His monumental bronze, BREAKOUT IV, has graced the entrance to the Fresno Art Museum since June 2020 when it was gifted to the Museum’s permanent collection. It is an honor to expand our appreciation of Oakland, California-based Bruce Beasley’s illustrious career with this 2023 exhibition.

Selected works on exhibit include a recent series of large-scale monochromatic collages Beasley created in 2018 using virtual reality as his medium--a new direction for the artist. His technique for producing the imagery is highly unusual: on a computer, he creates sculptural gestures in virtual space that he later prints out onto canvas on a monumental scale. He then cuts up the gestures on the canvas and re-assembles the pieces using the collage technique. The resulting collages are modern, sleek, and lyrically strong.

Juxtaposed with the two-dimensional massive collages are new sculptures that mirror the gestural quality of the wall pieces. Cast in stainless steel or bronze, they complete the artist’s “dance of gesture” throughout the gallery spaces.

For a catalog on the collages published in 2019 for the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Iowa, Bruce Beasley wrote, “Throughout my entire 60-year career, there have been two negative aspects of sculpture that I always dreamed I could overcome, but I did not actually expect to be able to. One was gravity and the other was being able to make shapes with my own physical gesture.” In his lifetime, using the computer and virtual reality, Beasley has created sculpture without gravity. He continued, “…I bring the sculptures out of the open space/VR environment and into our real, actual, experiential world. The result is that I can create shapes in a gravity-free 3D environment and the fully-3D shapes actually come out at the end of my hand!”

Bruce Beasley’s new direction astonishes and delights us while it heightens our appreciation of the sculpture presented in both two and three dimensions in this exhibition.

His work is held in many major museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris; the Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany; the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington; the János Xántus Museum, Győr, Hungary; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Oakland Museum of California, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Fresno Art Museum in California, among others.

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


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In this retrospective exhibition of Fresno-based architect Arthur Dyson (b. 1940), we explore fifty-six years of this visionary architect’s work--both private and public edifices with models and two-dimensional renderings. His last exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum was in 2004 entitled Poetics of Space.

A student of both Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff, Dyson’s early work was inspired by his own social consciousnesses. He created buildings serving people whose needs exceeded their means: the Lanare Community Center for Riverdale, California (1969) is one of the earliest. Other examples of architecture designed by Dyson to enhance and celebrate the common experience include a fine arts building proposed for Monterey, California (1966) and a Native American Indian Center for Fresno (1975).

Born in 1940, Dyson realized his affection for architecture was not based on what he saw around him but what was missing--interesting forms built from unusual materials and, most importantly, a lyrical and organic sense of life in new structures. In the 1960s, typically houses and public buildings were boxes or rectangles built of stainless steel with lots of glass; they felt cold and were practical, but rarely were they creatively designed. He was determined to change this, and he did and has made organic architecture his focus throughout his career.

As he began to establish himself, this then-young architect created new structures and also remodeled existing ones in what would become his signature organic style. His structures moved earth into mounds and cast concrete into fluid walls and were lit by Plexiglas bubbles where sunlight enlivened his interior spaces. He used wood as a decorative element on his facades, allowing it to be geometric by bending it to activate a building’s visual presence.

From his Fresno-based office during the ensuing decades, Arthur Dyson designed and built the structures listed below, among many other projects. These commissions include single-family residences, multi-family dwellings such as condominiums and apartments, and social services housing.

  • Cannery Row Hotel project Monterey, California (1967)
  • Ascherl residence, Almaden Valley, California (1968)
  • Leverich residence, Portola Valley, California (1972)
  • Evans residence, Fresno, California (1973)
  • Najarian-Simonian Office Building, Fresno, California (1973)
  • Effie Office Building project, Fresno, California (1975)
  • Garrison residence, Fresno, California (1979)
  • Geringer residence, Kerman, California (1979)
  • Scarborough, Tozlian, Laval Office Building project, Fresno, California (1980)
  • Andrade residence, scheme #1, Fresno, California (1982)
  • Glynns Restaurant project, Fresno, California (1984)
  • Millerton residence project, Madera County, California (1984)
  • Simpson residence, Fresno, California (1986)
  • Asire residence project, Fresno County, California (1987)
  • Barrett-Tuxford residence, Richland Center, Wisconsin (1987)
  • Bedwell residence project, Kauai, Hawaii (1989)
  • Uhden residence project, Santa Cruz, California (1989)
  • Hall residence project, Cayucos, California (1993)
  • Interior Systems remodel, Fresno, California (1995)
  • Casey residence, La Selva Beach, California (1996)
  • Hilton residence, Panama City Beach, Florida (1999)
  • Del Coronado Condominiums project, Panama City Beach, Florida (2000)
  • Hilton guest house, Panama City Beach, Florida (2002)
  • Grand Central Station project, Fresno, California (2003)
  • Manchester Sky Train Transfer Station project, Fresno, California (2005)
  • Riverview Terrace Office Complex [as DSJ Architects], Fresno, California (2006)
  • Salt Aire Dunes condominiums project, Grayland, Washington (2006)
  • Zumwalt residence, Madera, California (2008)
  • Bishop residence, St. George, Utah (2012)
  • Eco Pod, Fresno, California (2013)

All of Dyson's projects have housed individuals, families, and businesses with incomparable designs and aesthetic sensitivity for five decades and will continue to do so into the future.

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


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The Permanent Collection of the Fresno Art Museum is full of hidden gems and a wide variety of artistic styles. This exhibition highlights two California artists whose conceptual works evoke strong responses, bringing out of the vaults the works of photographer Cay Lang and multi-media artist Caroline Harris. The Museum has been collecting the work of Cay Lang, an internationally recognized Bay Area-based fine art photographer, since 1991. Caroline Harris was a local artist and philanthropist who was very active in the Fresno community and whose work has been part of the permanent collection since 1984. While the mediums are different, both women have strong ties to Fresno and use bold color and lines to create textured and multi-dimensional works.

Exhibition Curator: Sarah Vargas, FAM Curator


 

Summer/Fall 2023
July 29, 2023 to January 7, 2024


Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition

Curator: Opar, Inc. and Steve Brezzo


The Council of 100's Distinguished Woman Artist for 2023: Martha Casanave

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


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Mary Blair (1911-1978) is known to Disney fans worldwide as one of Walt Disney’s favorite artists. A designer, illustrator, and colorist, Blair’s concepts set the tone for such iconic animated films as Dumbo (1941), The Three Caballeros (1945), So Dear to My Heart (1948), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), and Peter Pan (1953) among others. Though Blair initially joined Disney reluctantly (she considered herself foremost a painter), she would rise to become the most influential concept artist at the studio during the mid-20th century. The exhibition of 26 works of art includes concept art for her many Disney animation film projects as well as four rare concept pieces Blair created in the development of the attraction It’s a Small World which debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and later moved to Disneyland.

Organized by the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, with works from the Hilbert Collection Curated by Mary Platt