Long Beach Museum of Art
The Long Beach Museum of Art is located on a magnificent bluff-top site overlooking Long Beach Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The campus includes the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house (built in 1912), oceanfront gardens, and a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions. The historic buildings are home to administrative offices, the Museum Store and oceanfront dining at Claire’s at the Museum. In addition to changing exhibitions, the Museum offers extensive educational programs for children and adults, musical programs, festivals, and other special events.
This summer, California Landscapes will fill the galleries of the Long Beach Museum of Art with the unique beauty of the Golden State as envisioned by artists who have called California home. Over the past 100 years, artists have been inspired by the climate, the quality of light, and the varied terrain of Southern California.
California Landscapes features more than 45 works from the permanent collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art, complemented by loans from over five rarely-exhibited Southern California collections. The exhibition spans the hundred years from 1904 to 2004, and features work in a broad variety of media including photography, drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. The exhibition is arranged in loose chronological order around three major groupings: Early California landscape from the first third of the 20th century, California Scene paintings of the 1930s-1950s, and contemporary works. Thus, the exhibition offers a tour through both time and terrain.
California Landscapes is the fourth in a year-long series of exhibitions and cultural programs entitled California Visions. Organized by the Long Beach Museum of Art, California Visions highlights the remarkable achievements of artists who were raised in the Golden State or who immigrated to California attracted by its beauty, its embrace of innovation, or its promise of hope and opportunity. California Visions is comprised of four major one-person exhibitions featuring seminal California artists, two large groups exhibitions, a year-long series of permanent collection installations and related offerings of lectures, performances, readings, art making workshops for children, and other cultural programs. California Visions, and the California Landscapes exhibition in particular, advances the Museum’s long-standing commitment to California-based artists, and provides a context within which important work in the Museum’s collection might be seen and better understood by the general public.