2019 past exhibitions
The first exhibition of the year, Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960, offered a new appreciation of these women who defied gender and expectation in an era of inequality. It was followed by Giddy Up: Children Take the Reins, which explored the world of carousel animals & childhood toys that rock, bounce, & roll.
May 5 through October 13, 2019
PMH invited visitors to bask in the joyful ambiance of quintessential childhood amusements in a uniquely “touchable” exhibition, Giddy Up: Children Take the Reins, which was curated by local collector and conservator Lourinda Bray. The PMH galleries were filled with a dizzying array of more than thirty-five smaller scaled carousel horses and exotic creatures that visitors of all ages were able to see – and touch. An enchanting photo booth featured a double-seat Polar Bear from an English carousel by J.R. Anderson, circa 1920, that children and adults could climb on for a special keepsake photo. A selection of ride-on horses/animals that rock, bounce, and/or roll, along with a wide variety of animals and carousel themed toys, were also on view.
California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960
September 29, 2018 through April 13, 2019
Hailed by artnet® news as one of “32 Most Inspiring Museum Exhibitions to See Across the U.S.”, Something Revealed was recognized as one of the most celebrated fine art exhibitions in the nation. During its run, Something Revealed displayed over 350 works of art by 150 individual female artists, offering a new appreciation of these women who defied gender and expectation in an era of inequality. The exhibition, curated by Maurine St. Gaudens Studio was an extension of St. Gaudens' recently published four volume book Emerging from the Shadows; A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960 (Schiffer Publishing, 2016).
Images: American, Wonder Horse, spring rocking horse, circa 1940; Postcard from Phase II of Something Revealed.