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.

Ansel Adams Portraits: By and Of

August 1 – September 19, 2021 The Monterey Museum of Art is pleased to announce Ansel Adams Portraits: By and Of curated by Jeanne Falk Adams exclusively for the Monterey Museum of Art. The exhibition, located in the Dart Wing Galleries of MMA La Mirada, […]

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Herlinde Spahr in Currents + FLUX

Herlinde Spahr b. 1952 Orinda, CA The Precipice Within I was born in Flanders, Belgium, and came to UC Berkeley in 1977 as a graduate student. While studying Comparative Literature I was active as an exhibiting artist, learning stone lithography independently. In 1985, as I was finishing my dissertation, I […]

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Color Duets: Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill

Thursday, May 13 – Sunday, October 9, 2021 In a redwood canyon down the Big Sur coast sits a small cabin. Each spring artists Kaffe Fassett and his niece Erin Lee Gafill share a stolen week sitting side by side at their easels to paint. […]

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Transformations: Photography by William Giles

May 13 – August 28, 2021 “The beauty of photography is that those few and rare moments of becoming one with the object seen, can later be shared with others, and like stars in the sky, give meaning to one’s life.” -William Giles William Giles […]

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The 2021 Weston Scholarship Exhibition

May 7 – August 21, 2021 The Weston Scholarship educates and enlightens the community about the legacy of photography on the West Coast. This recognition program keeps the traditional process of black and white fine art photography alive in the tradition of twentieth-century photographers such […]

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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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