New Exhibitions at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art: Spring 2018
Two new exhibitions are on view at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art through April 15, 2018.
An Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London
celebrates London’s lesser-known talent as a photographer. Jack London (1876-1916) is revered as the quintessential American novelist and short story writer, and in the Sonoma area he is a renowned native son. He and his wife, Charmian, created their home on Sonoma Mountain, near Glen Ellen in the early 1900s. Eventually Beauty Ranch, as it was called, became Jack London State Historic Park around 1960.
London’s internationally celebrated literary works include The Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, White Fang, and John Barleycorn. However, London was also a skilled photographer with a perceptive and compassionate eye. Curated by Helaine Glick, this exhibition introduces a selection of the writer’s photographs gathered from his time spent as a war correspondent, as well as his and Charmian’s adventures as global sailors.
Included are scenes from the Russo-Japanese War, San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire, and visits to Hawaii and the South Seas islands. The photographs reveal London’s ability to transfer his ardent curiosity and insightfulness from writing to the newly emerging art of photography.
A Call to Photographers:
The community and visitors are invited to participate in this exhibition by submitting to the Eye4Adventure Photography Contest. In collaboration with Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Jack London State Historic Park is organizing a photography contest. They are looking for photographs inspired by Jack London's spirit of adventure and his passion for exploring and documenting the world. Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 18. You can submit up to 10 photos per contestant to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #jackseye4adeventure, and tag @jacklondonpark, and @sonomamuseum. Up to 100 photographs will be selected by contest judges and exhibited at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art from March 1 through April 15, 2018. Visit Jacklondonpark.com for more information about the contest.
Libros de Artista: Artist's Books from Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora
is also on display at SVMA, highlighting contemporary limited-edition books created by Latin American artists. The 40 featured books were gathered from both the original artists in Mexico and from the Latin American and Iberian Collections at Stanford University Libraries.
The books in the exhibition reveal a wide range of artistic, political and personal concerns. Topics explored include the relationship between gender and power, immigration, censorship, border control politics, and other themes that are becoming even more relevant to people both north and south of the border. Curated by Simon Blattner, Libros de Artista offers an enthusiastic jaunt through a world of strong graphic tradition, deeply felt relationships to material objects, profound knowledge of craft, and a judicious use of technology.
An Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London and Libros de Artista: Artist's Books from Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora continue through April 15, 2018.
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma, 707-939-7862.
Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, 707-938-5216.