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Monterey Museum of Art-Pacific Street
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Monterey, CA 93940

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Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo
Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, August 18, 2019

Experience the grit, determination, and tumbles of the gay rodeo circuit with this exhibition of photographs that explore a time-honored American tradition in “Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo”. Rendering the story in classic black-and-white imagery, Blake Little captures scenes of camaraderie, identity, and sport in an expansive redefinition of what a cowboy can be.

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo is curated by Johanna Blume, assistant curator of Western art at the Eiteljorg Museum, and offered through the courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN. A Program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts

See the Forest for the Trees
July 4 – Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Monterey Peninsula is home to great natural beauty and unique flora like the Monterey Cypress and Monterey Pine. They have been the subject and inspiration for artists and visitors to the area for over a century, and are well-represented in the Museum’s collection by such iconic images as Francis McComas’s Cypress, Monterey, and William Ritchshel’s Centurions of the Sea. But there are other aspects of the Museum’s collection of California Art that represent trees in different styles, guises and contexts, in various media, as both subjects and metaphors, and invite us to view them with fresh eyes. This exhibition will bring together a mixture of works not ordinarily seen together, including Andrew Schoultz’s Meditations under Stress (10 Shamans, Horizon Looming), Eyvind Earle’s California Hills, Emile Norman’s Tree of Life, Ferdinand Burgdorff’s Blue Smoke Tree, Salton Sea Area, and Cole Weston’s Bristle Cone Pines, among others.

Peter Hiers in Currents + FLUX
June 21 – July 21, 2019

I am drawn to the organic, wildly-textured qualities of the ripped and shredded material of tire rubber fragments, and their accompanying vocabulary for social commentary. Gathering these fragments from along the highways, I am viscerally confronted with the violence inherent in our culture’s false driving promise that pursuing “more, bigger, better, faster, easier, shinier, newer” somehow brings us fulfillment.

I also make canvas prints from the actual landscape of the streets, capturing marks not usually seen or noted that would have otherwise been added to the landscape. By taking imprints of our fossil-fuel culture made on a specific spot on the surface of our planet during a short time period, then placing them in a frame on a wall, I see the impact of our daily lives a bit differently. I use both the original traffic imprints on canvas and digital technology to produce these limited edition canvas street prints.

Together, this body of work raises questions about our consumer culture, the ideology that drives it and the consequent impacts on the planet and long term effects on human survival.

Matthew Barnes: Painter of the Night
Friday, June 7 – Sunday, August 18, 2019

Once San Francisco’s best-known modernist and avidly collected by East Coast patrons, Matthew Barnes is enjoying recognition again after languishing in obscurity since his death in 1951 thanks to the current vogue for dark Surrealism. Barnes approached painting as a means of personal expression and retreat from everyday life. He never received any formal training or education and paid little attention to the prevailing artistic formulae. While this caused many patrons and critics at the time to overlook his paintings, such is not the case with Del Mar residents Bram and Sandra Dijkstra who have amassed the largest private collection of Barnes’ work. According to Bram, “What Barnes was after was to acknowledge the simplest, and therefore also the most profound truth of human existence, a truth most of us try to hide from all our lives—that ultimately each of us must face infinity alone…The beauties of form and color should not blind us to the inevitability of our existential isolation.” Sandra adds, “Living with his powerful paintings, I marvel at the arresting ways he takes on this elusive and difficult subject.” Matthew Barnes: Painter of the Night was organized by Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside, California thanks to the support of Bram and Sandra Dijkstra, Title Sponsors and A. Fenner Milton Premier Sponsor

Thank you to our sponsors
Bram and Sandra Dijkstra Title Sponsors and A. Fenner Milton Premier Sponsor

David Hockney’s Yosemite
April 25 – Sunday, August 4, 2019

Making his inaugural debut on the Monterey Peninsula, this exhibition will feature iPad drawings made by David Hockney during visits to Yosemite National Park in 2010 and 2011. The show will highlight the artist’s continuing engagement with nature and landscape and will focus on his special relationship with the American West. In addition, the Monterey exhibition will feature photo collages from the artist’s personal collection made in response to previous visits to Yosemite between 1982 and 2010.

The Museum is grateful to the artist, The David Hockney Foundation, Inc., and the Arts Council for Monterey County—thanks to support from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors for their generous support of the exhibition.

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