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Current Exhibitions

Jules Tavernier: Artist and Adventurer

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June 6–October 20, 2014
MMA Pacific Street

French artist Jules Tavernier (1844­–1889) was one of the American West’s pioneering talents and a great adventurer. This exhibition surveys the artist’s career, presenting a hundred works of art. It includes his early transcontinental illustrations for “Harper’s Weekly,” paintings of Native American subjects, and scenes of the San Francisco Bay area and the Monterey Peninsula, where he founded the local art colony in 1875.

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Monterey Now: Malin Lager

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June 6–October 20, 2014
MMA Pacific Street

Textile artist Malin Lager (Swedish, b. 1946) creates astonishingly detailed wall works using a sewing machine and thread. Her masterful creations resemble illusionistic paintings that address evocative and challenging universal themes. Lager’s extraordinary artworks fabricated on stretched canvas are so expertly rendered and sharp that they are often mistaken for oil paintings.

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SHIFT—Five Decades of Contemporary California Painting

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May 1–September 22, 2014
MMA La Mirada

Museum of Art in celebration of the Museum’s 55th anniversary featuring a selection of the contemporary art collection, together with generous loans from the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. This exhibition features 55 paintings from the 1960s to the present that explore a wide range of styles and aesthetic perspectives.

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Crossing the Bridge: Emiko Nakano—Abstract Landscapes

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May 1–September 22, 2014
MMA La Mirada

Emiko Nakano (1925–1990) is an abstract painter from the San Francisco Bay Area. One of the few Japanese-American women recognized as part of the Bay Area Abstract Movement, she is known for her colorful and expressionist landscapes.

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Define:/self/ – Exploring female identity

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Through October 1, 2014
MMA Pacific Street

Monterey has been graced with many great artists in its time, from the classics to the contemporary. Define:/self/ - Exploring Female Identity is a collaborative exhibition using art provided by young female artists from Monterey Youth Arts Collective.

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Iconic Masterpieces of Early California Painting

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Through October 2015
MMA La Mirada

A new installation of iconic masterpieces from the Museum’s collection is on view at the Monterey Museum of Art—La Mirada featuring paintings by Armin Hansen (1886-1967), William F. Ritschel (1864-1949), E. Charlton Fortune (1885-1969), Francis McComas (1875-1938), and M. Evelyn McCormick (1962-1948). Visit the galleries to discover old friends in a new light.

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From Dawn to Dusk: Gottardo Piazzoni’s Final Murals

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Ongoing
MMA La Mirada

Gottardo Piazzoni (1872-1945) moved from Switzerland to his family’s ranch in Carmel Valley in 1887. Subsequent study in Paris and San Francisco exposed the young Piazzoni to the revolutionary artistic developments of modernism and the muted symbolic pallet of tonalism which infuses his paintings of the California landscape.

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