Lecture by Drew Johnson, Curator of Photography and Visual Culture, Oakland Museum of California.
Join us at Holy Names University to learn about an exciting new exhibition—Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California—at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) that weaves together art and artifacts from the collections of both OMCA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Fertile Ground illuminates local histories and social forces that changed the face of art in and beyond the Golden State, telling the stories of four creative communities at decisive moments in the history of California art:
- the circle of artists who worked with, influenced, and were influenced by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in San Francisco in the 1930s;
- the legendary painters and photographers associated with the California School of Fine Arts in the 1940s and 1950s, including Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Minor White, and Imogen Cunningham;
- the free-spirited faculty and students at UC Davis in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Robert Arneson, Wayne Thiebaud, William T. Wiley, and Bruce Nauman; and
- the streetwise, uncompromisingly idealistic artists at the center of a vibrant new Mission scene that took root in the 1990s through the present, including Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Amy Franceschini, Ruby Neri, Alicia McCarthy, and Rigo 23, along with many others.
Focusing equally on the artworks and the contexts that fostered their creation, Fertile Ground presents an intimate and textured history of personal relationships, artistic breakthroughs, and transformative social change. (Source: OMCA website)
Presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University. Co-sponsored by the HNU Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC) program.