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Jules Tavernier: Artist and Adventurer

Tavernier-Balloon webFEBRUARY 16 - MAY 11, 2014


This is the first museum exhibition to survey the work of early California artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889). Born in Paris and trained in France, Tavernier adapted his native country's Barbizon aesthetic to scenes of the American West. This exhibition surveys the artist's entire career through 100 paintings and works on paper, from his early transcontinental illustrations for "Harper's Weekly" and paintings of Native American subjects to scenes of the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey Peninsula, where he founded the local art colony in 1875. Also featured are the artist's signature paintings of erupting volcanoes, which he painted in Hawaii before his untimely death at age 45. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue—the first to feature Tavernier exclusively—and features essays by Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., the Crocker's chief curator and associate director, as well as Claudine Chalmers, Ph.D., and Alfred Harrison, Jr. 

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This exhibition is supported, in part, by a grant from the Historical Collections Council of California Art.

Exhibition support also provided by Susan McClatchy; Bonhams; Ron and Linda Borgman; Yvonne Boseker; Paula and Terry Trotter, Trotter Galleries; William A. Karges, Karges Fine Art; and Ron and Diane Miller.

The exhibition catalogue is supported, in part, by a grant from Furthermore: A Program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

Image credit: Jules Tavernier, A Balloon in Mid-Air, 1875. Oil on canvas, 30 x 50 in. Courtesy of North Point Gallery, San Francisco.



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Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections

JANUARY 26 – APRIL 20, 2014

This exhibition celebrates the work of internationally acclaimed California native Sam Francis (1923–94), one of Abstract Expressionism's top practitioners and California's most accomplished artists. Featuring a colorful range of the artist's paintings and unique works on paper, this survey highlights different periods of the artist's work as represented in extraordinary public and private California collections. The exhibition includes early paintings the artist made during his time in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1940s, but is primarily dedicated to the influential and expansive body of work that the artist created between the 1950s and the 1990s. Represented are works made in the artist's California studios in Palo Alto, Point Reyes, Santa Monica, and Venice, as well as those made when Francis was living in New York, Bern, Paris, and Tokyo. The exhibition is organized by the Sam Francis Foundation in collaboration with the Crocker Art Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. 

Image credit: Sam Francis, Untitled , 1980. Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 142 in. The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection. Artwork © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Nothing, the film

OCTOBER 15, 2013 – OCTOBER 1, 2014

On view on the Museum's first floor.

Bay Area artist Tracey Snelling is known for her color photography and installation works. Both feature miniature, highly detailed sculptures of shabby motels, rundown apartments, and American roadside attractions. She has been increasingly using film to express her narratives.

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