Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Pasadena Museum of California Art’


These Carnations Defy Language

These Carnations Defy Language
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“Accept the challenge things offer to language. These carnations, for instance, defy language. I won’t rest till I have drawn together a few words that will compel anyone reading or hearing them to say: this has to do with something like a carnation.” (Francis Ponge) The poetic words above were written on precious paper during […]

Wounds of Existence

Wounds of Existence

Since the 1980s, Jim Morphesis has been one of the most influential members of the expressionist art movement in Los Angeles. The paintings of Morphesis engage with the universal themes of the self, life, death, myth, and spirituality in personal and meaningful ways. Taking its title from what Friedrich Nietzsche called “the eternal wounds of […]

Sister Corita, Celebrating MLK, Jr. & Kingian Stew

Sister Corita, Celebrating MLK, Jr. & Kingian Stew

She was born Frances Elizabeth. She became Sister Corita. Sister Mary Corita Kent, originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa, became a Catholic nun, an artist, and an educator. The medium for her artistic expression was silkscreen or serigraphy. Her works included messages of peace and love, which resonated during the social and political climate of the […]

June Wayne: Finding the Proper Context

June Wayne: Finding the Proper Context

She was a high school drop out, began work at a factory at the age of fifteen, and, by her own admission, said in regards to standards of art: “I didn’t have any.” Many articles about June Wayne (1918-2011) state that she dropped out of high school because she wanted to become an artist. After reading Betty […]

Free Museum Admission

Free Museum Admission

On Saturday, January 25th, twenty museums will be open to the public with free admission. Choices include the Autry, the California African American Museum, the Science Center, and locally, the Armory Center for the Arts, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The Armory is currently showing Home Away, which is […]

Ignite! The Art of Sustainability

Ignite! The Art of Sustainability

What role may museums play when it comes to “building healthy communities, both human and nature”? A statewide dialogue ensued between contemporary artists and museum leaders, environmentalists, scientists, and “community stakeholders.” Thirteen of California’s foremost environmental artists collaborate to communicate a heightened connection to their natural surroundings through rich imagery using a variety of media […]

Sam Francis: Inside the Story

Sam Francis: Inside the Story

Abstract expressionism. Monochromatic abstractions. Richly-colored murals. Lots of white space. The “Blue Balls” series. Minimal color and strong lines. “Fresh Air” pictures. Etchings, lithographs, and monotypes. Native Californian and artist Sam Francis was a busy man. From the early 50s until his death in 1994, Francis explored his creativity—his influences fluid, paralleling his life experiences, […]

Family Day at the PMCA

Family Day at the PMCA

Making art with Dad. For Dad. (Father’s Day is Sunday, June 23rd.) Is he a scenic man? A man of the land, of the broader picture or does he lean towards the abstract, blurred lines, and impressions? Whether it’s with or for Dad or Mom, or Uncle Bert or cousin Maya, the Pasadena Museum of California […]

Meander with John O’Brien

Meander with John O’Brien

John O’Brien likes to meander. And so he does. The title of Los Angeles-based artist John O’Brien’s exhibition references a literal meandering up and around the Arroyo Seco Parkway, which the artist recounts through this installation, as well as the process of “meandering” at the core of O’Brien’s practice. Juxtaposing large-scale cartographic images of the […]

Party Like You’re 10

Party Like You’re 10

That’s what the Pasadena Museum of California Art will be doing on Saturday, September 22nd, as they celebrate their 10th anniversary. Come around lunchtime and nosh with  Nom Nom, Pie & Burger, and Cool Haus. Lube your gullet at the beer garden with Stone Ale, Brouwerij West, and Crispin and Fox Barrel Ciders. Once properly […]

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