Current Exhibits


Winter/Spring 2014 Exhibitions

This exhibition, on display January 23 – April 27, 2014, features work with origins that span the globe. Please join us for our opening reception on Thursday, January 23, 6:00PM at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.


On loan from the International Puppetry Museum and from the Alan Cook collection, this exhibition highlights a selection of puppets from various time periods and countries from around the globe. The 100 puppets on display include shadow puppets from Indonesia, Thailand and Turkey, hand puppets from Mexico, Japanese bunraku, African rod puppets and Sicilian marionettes. Their variation in design and construction, as well as the subject matter and the selection of the puppet characters, illustrates diversity and differences between Eastern and Western cultures.

A STORY OF IMMIGRATION: Illustrations by Belle Yang

Belle Yang is an author, graphic novelist, and children’s book illustrator who translates her experiences as a Chinese-American immigrant into bold, powerful works of art. This exhibition features 25 paintings and 8 illustrations that embrace Yang’s Asian heritage. Born in Taiwan, Yang spent part of her childhood in Japan before immigrating to the US with her family at the age of seven. In an effort to reconnect with her parents’ mainland China roots, Yang studied at the Beijing Academy of Traditional Chinese Painting, where she developed an appreciation and respect for traditional ink paintings and folk art. After experiencing the horrors of the Tiananmen Massacre, Yang returned to the U.S. determined not to waste the gift of  freedom of American expression.

Horace Bristol: The Dust Bowl Series

In conjunction with The Grapes of Wrath’s 75th anniversary celebration at CSU Bakersfield, the Bakersfield Museum of Art proudly presents Horace Bristol’s The Dust Bowl Series. Born and raised in California, Horace Bristol used his camera to document some of the most striking and memorable images to come out of the Great Depression. Accompanied by writer John Steinbeck, Bristol attempted to draw attention to the struggles of migrant workers escaping the barren hope of the American Dust Bowl. This exhibition features a collection of Bristol’s photographs, capturing the intimate moments of the migrant workers in California during 1937-38.

Siddharth Parasnis and Suhas Bhujbal

This exhibition explores two emerging California painters who were born in India. Their current body of work explores identity relating to places. The two incorporate people and architecture native to their homeland paired with the similarities found in their new California environment. As artists, the two are interested in seeking the beauty in every day life around them. Sid considers his work to be architectonic, while Suhas incorporates a more figurative approach to his large-scale works on canvas. Together they offer an interesting look at architectural and figurative structures while presenting balance between likeness and simplified forms.

Paintings by Keith Wicks

A leading painter with the soul of an old master, Keith Wicks is able to capture the essence of the moment with clarity and intensity. Through the use of oil paint, he has developed the unique ability to harness the purity and energy of light, even when it is dancing in the shadows.  This exhibition features a selection of recent paintings depicting bustling cityscapes, sunbathed landscapes, and intimate interiors.



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