Current Exhibits


Summer 2014 Exhibitions

The Bakersfield Museum of Art proudly presents its Summer 2014 Exhibitions May 15-August 24, 2014. In addition to our main exhibitions, the Museum presents selections from its permanent collection displayed in our hallway galleries.

Beth Van Hoesen: Works on Paper

San Francisco artist Beth Van Hoesen (1926–2010) spent a lifetime dedicated to drawing and printmaking to become one of the most prominent California printmakers of her time. Prolific and possessing a keen eye for detail, Van Hoesen’s humble renderings of animals, portraits, landscapes, and flowers seem reverently effortless. Courtesy of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust, this exhibition includes preparatory drawings, lithographs, etchings, drypoints, and aquatints depicting various animals.

David Ligare
River • Mountain • Sea

David Ligare is one of California’s most preeminent contemporary realist painters. His work is celebrated for its delicate luminescence and heightened attention to detail in his depictions of nature. This exhibition focuses on the artist’s large-scale panoramic work as well as a selection of small-scale preparatory studies. These new works, recently exhibited at the Monterey Museum of Art, are displayed in a contemplative setting to highlight their historical and cultural significance and to emphasize their spiritual impact.

Magnificent Obsession: Gaming Relics from The Giumarra Collection

Gambling, or in more general terms the act of gaming for either play, pleasure, friendly, or not so-friendly wagers is simply put, about as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie.  The rebellious spirit and playful nature can be traced back to our country’s origin and has provided a fertile field for risk takers. The Gold Rush time periodbrought the epicenter of gaming to the western states and in particular California. For over 30 years, George Giumarra has been expanding his collection of artifacts documenting this period in California’s history. This collection is comprised of gaming tools and devices demonstrating how Californians spent their leisurely time in the 1800s in the midst of the Gold Rush days. From playing card watches to cheating mechanisms, this exhibition takes an interesting look at the craftsmanship of gaming machines and the distinct styles that encapsulate a time period so relevant to California’s history.

Kern County at a Distance:
Three artists explore the landscape, residents, and tradition of Kern County

This exhibition celebrates the artwork of three California artists who share a love for the residents, landscape, and the history of Kern County. Sam Comen, an award-winning editorial and fine art photographer based in Los Angeles, has spent over three years documenting the farmlands and oilfield workers of Lost Hills. His photographs depict a new group of migrant workers, who embody the frontier spirit of the American west. Mary Austin-Klein’s paintings also capture the conditions unique to California. Her small-scale gems represent the architecture inside Bakersfield and vast landscape surrounding the area. The work of Suong Yangchareon, a master of painting urban landscapes of California, focuses his work on highway passages and desolate structures surrounding the central valley. All three artists live outside the area, but are continuously drawn back to the region for inspiration. Together the three artists share their admiration for the environment distinctive to the county of Kern.



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