2011 past exhibitions

Southern California’s Evolving Landscape: The Photography of Helen Lukens Gaut (1872-1955)

Photograph of bungalow by Helen Lukens Gaut

October 8, 2011 to February 26, 2012
This exhibition offered a rare glimpse into the scenic wonders and commonplace landscapes of early-twentieth century California through the eyes of a woman. Helen Lukens Gaut established a successful career as a photojournalist in the 1920s, merging her love for nature, passion for motoring, and engaging writing style into pieces for numerous magazines. The exhibit gave the public a first look at prints of some of the 200 negatives by Gaut recently acquired by PMH through a generous donation from Alyce de Roulet Williamson.
This exhibition was made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

Mad for Hats!

1890s Woman in Hat

February 2 to September 25, 2011
The exhibition Mad for Hats! explored women’s hats as social and fashion phenomena. More than 100 hats and related photographs, selected from the Museum’s collections, showcased the various materials, styles, and shapes of ladies’ hats from the 1860s to the 1960s.

Images: Helen Lukens Gaut, n.d., Bungalow, corner of Los Robles and California, moved to Altadena (HLG-41); Early Pasadena resident, c. 1890 (Black History Collection, BH-L24-23).