Past Exhibitions

In addition to rotating gallery displays of its renowned permanent collection of California Art and Photography, the Museum hosts a continually changing series of engaging loan and traveling exhibitions that allow our visitors the opportunity to experience the vast diversity of California Art, past, present and future. As public hours may be limited until the coronavirus pandemic has passed, these exhibitions will also frequently be accompanied by extensive virtual programming.

Gil Family Art Shoes in Virtual Currents

Jose Gil and the Gil Family Salinas, CA Gil Family Art Shoes Jose Gil knows a thing or two about motivating teams — even the one under his own roof. The Alisal High School boys basketball coach and athletic director refused to let the virus […]

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Dora Lisa Rosenbaum in Virtual Currents

  dora lisa rosenbaum b. 1979 Pacific Grove, CA Performative Memory Performative memory is defined as a “means through with societies remember.” Household day to day tasks, routines, rituals, consumption practices, and use of space within the home are all forms of performative memory. Focusing […]

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Marc Trujillo: Fast

January 28 – April 18, 2021 In his brilliant and eye opening series Fast, artist Marc Trujillo looks at one of America’s most ubiquitous urban environments, the take-out franchise and its drive up windows. A Los Angeles resident, he resides in the heart of fast […]

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Francis McComas: Rediscovering California’s First Modernist

Now extended online through April 22, 2021 An influential artist once rated “among the twenty best painters of the world,” Francis McComas (1874 – 1938) is one of art history’s greatest lost treasures. While his name is less familiar than Pollock or Monet, there was […]

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Felicia Rice in Virtual FLUX

On view January 8 – April 11, 2021 Felicia Rice b. 1954 Santa Cruz, CA As a printer, my job is to confront complex issues and render my response in book form. As an artist, my job is to do so with profound integrity. As […]

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The Califas Legacy Project: The Ancestral Journey/El Viaje Ancestral

Now extended online through April 22 The Califas Legacy Project is a multi-year, multi-medium, collaborative endeavor launched by Museo Eduardo Carrillo in Santa Cruz to document the legacy of our region’s Chicano/a cultural treasures. In 1982, Professor Eduardo Carrillo conceived of the Califas conference to bring […]

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Ken Hale in Virtual Currents

On view November 17, 2020 – January 3, 2021 Ken Hale b. 1948 Carmel Valley, CA The indirect qualities of printmaking suited my temperament and certainly provided an aesthetic framework for my decisions in painting, drawing and collage. I appropriate and manipulate images of historically […]

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Virtual Miniatures 2020 – Schedule your Pick Up!

Congratulations Miniatures Winners! Thank you for participating in this year’s virtual Miniatures exhibition and fundraiser! We look forward to seeing you when you stop by to pick up your new masterpiece.  Staff will be on site at MMA Pacific Street (559 Pacific Street, Monterey) Staff […]

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Joan Takayama-Ogawa in Virtual Currents

On view October 30 – November 22 Joan Takayama-Ogawa b. 1955 Mimbre, Pattern Painting, and Feminist Inspired Vessels Mimbre pottery techniques of painted black dots and ovals contrast the simple with the complex, the clear with the obscure, the easily perceived with persistent patience, dark […]

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Gretchen Andrew: FUTURE NEWS

On view August 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021 Future News reframes conversations about truth online in terms of what search engine artist Gretchen Andrew calls “positive failures.” By using her vision boards to playfully hypnotize Google search results, she exposes the inherent and structural […]

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