January 25 through March 16, 2014
Nature's Beloved Son:
Rediscovering John Muir's
In the spirit in which John Muir embraced the botanical world, Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy traces the famed early environmentalist's travels through North America and presents digitally restored images of the actual plants that he held in his hands, carried in his pockets, and preserved as specimens. This traveling exhibition is produced by Exhibit Envoy and is based on the Heyday Boks publication of the same name.
Left: Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
Below: California Polypod fern (Polypodium californicum)
Digitally restored scans of John Muir's original plant specimens
Especially to Complement Our Exhibit on Naturalist John Muir:
Don't Miss Our New Featured Artist
in the Grace Hudson Museum Shop!
Ernest Clayton (1868-1956), was an amateur botanist,
skilled horticulturist, stained glass artist, and
talented botanical illustrator.
We will have many beautiful note cards, calendars
and giclee prints featuring botanicals by Clayton
available in the Gift Shop beginning January 25.
Left: Tiger Lily note card illustrated by Ernest Clayton.
November 2, 2013 through January 5, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior
This exhibition of high-quality reproduction drawings of interiors, furnishings, and household objects offers a view into architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s creative conception of the interior spaces of his houses. In Wright’s house designs, structure and ornament are one. Every feature of the house–from the overall structure, to the interior, down to the smallest details and objects–was conceived by Wright from the beginning as a single idea.
Wright’s approach to visual enrichment as “organic ornament” grew out of his belief that visual character of a form–whether an entire house or a lampshade–is integral to the structure of the object. Exploring the distinctive visual, sensory, and expressive quality of Wright’s interiors, Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior reveals how the architect’s distinctive abstract and geometric structures permeate the spaces and objects within.
Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in cooperation with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Grace Hudson Museum has four exhibit galleries; three house permanent collections devoted to Grace Hudson's art; her family; and Pomo basketry. The fourth gallery is for the display of changing exhibits with a rotating emphasis on art, history, and anthropology. Changing exhibits generally are installed for three to four months. The Sun House, the Hudsons' historic Craftsman Home, is also available for tours.
January 25 through March 16, 2014
Nature's Beloved Son:
Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy
Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy presents digitally restored images of the actual plants that famed environmentalist John Muir (1838-1914) held in his hands and preserved as specimens. This traveling exhibit, produced by Exhibit Envoy, ties Muir's love of plants to his passion for nature.
March 29 through May 25, 2014
Artists Look Back:
Mendocino County Art Association Turns 60
This anniversary exhibit commemorates the sixty years of effort by the Mendocino County Art Association (MCAA) to foster interest and support for the fine arts in the greater Ukiah community. The exhibition will feature the work of MCAA artists spanning the history of the Association with an emphasis on today's members. This exhibit is organized by the Mendocino County Art Association and the Grace Hudson Museum.
June 7 through August 3, 2014
A Retrospective of College of the Redwoods Graduate Woodworkers
The College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in Fort Bragg started in 1981 when a group of Mendocino woodworkers persuaded well-known author and studio furniture maker, James Krenov, to teach his methods to students in a nine month-long program. The resulting program has been recognized by the woodworking community around the world for the excellence of its students' work, their craftsmanship, sensitivity, and quality of personal expression. This juried and invitational exhibition will feature work from Program graduates currently living and working within the Redwood Empire region.
August 23 through December 14, 2014
Days of Grace:
Artist Grace Hudson in Hawaii
Grace Hudson spent the majority of 1901 recuperating in the Hawaiian Islands from a period of overwork that resulted in her mental and physical exhaustion. While there she completed 26 numbered oils featuring the native people she found around her in Honolulu and Hilo. This exhibit will gather together for the first time a large number of these rare canvases, along with paintings by Hudson's contemporaries in Hawaii. Numerous historic photographs, ethnographic artifacts, and manuscript materials will round out the exhibition. This traveling exhibit is organized by the Grace Hudson Museum and curated by Grace Hudson Museum Family Historian Karen Holmes and Director Sherrie Smith-Ferri.
Permanent exhibits on Grace Hudson's life, family, and professional work, and on Pomo basketry and culture, are available for viewing during regular Museum hours. The Sun House, the Hudsons' 1911 Craftsman home can be toured with Museum docents. See Sun House Tours for more information.
The Ivan B. and Elvira Hart Gallery houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the artistic career of Grace Carpenter Hudson. Accompanied by text and photo panels giving extensive information about each phase and aspect of Grace's professional development, the gallery features numerous oils, watercolors, pen and ink drawings, charcoal, conte crayon, and graphite drawings, and mixed media works. Hudson's personal life is documented further in the Norma & Evert Person Gallery.
The Norma and Evert Person Gallery features a permanent exhibit of informative text panels, photographs, textiles, and objects that interpret the history, and celebrate the legacy, of the memorable Carpenter-Hudson family. Organized by generations, each section of the gallery introduces the viewer to members of Grace Carpenter Hudson's illustrious family through descriptions of their lives, and displays of their belongings. Grace's own section expands upon her personal life, while her professional career is highlighted in the Ivan B. and Elvira Hart Gallery.
The J. Ralph and Lois Stone Gallery features a long-term exhibition showcasing Pomo baskety masterpieces woven between 1860-2003. The baskets come from the collections of the Grace Hudson Museum, other private institutions with significant ethnographic holdings, and private collections. Informative text panels explain the steps taken in cultivating, harvesting, and processing materials for basketmaking. Panels also discuss the history of Pomo basketweaving, and the forms and functions of various basket types.
The Sun House
The Sun House, a 1911 redwood Craftsman bungalow home, is situated immediately in front of the Museum and is available for tours. Grace and John Hudson, its owners, together with architect George Wilcox, set out to build a functional, custom Craftsman-style home scaled to the Hudsons' needs. Fairly modest in size, it nonetheless accommodated Grace's prodigious artistic output and John's sizeable ethnographic collections. Keeping in mind the Arts and Crafts goal of uniting designer and craftsperson, the Hudsons actively collaborated with Wilcox on the design of the house, while adding their own creative touches. These include the pink tulips that Grace stenciled on the bedroom walls, the distinctive hat rack built by John Hudson in the entryway, and the unusual pendant lighting fixtures throughout the home. As was often the case in Craftsman dwellings, the architect became the furniture maker as well, when Wilcox designed and built the beautiful sideboard in the dining room that he presented to the Hudsons as a housewarming present. It is believed they moved into the Sun House around New Year's Day, 1912.
While these personal touches make the Sun House unique (in keeping with the Arts and Crafts spirit), it also features many typical Craftsman details. The sloping gabled roof with overhang, the sleeping porch, the use of natural redwood and stone, the front veranda, board-and-batten walls, built-in cabinetry and window seats, curio shelves above the doorways, "honest" materials (such as burlap and monks cloth wall coverings), exposed timbers, and the home's overall sense of simplicity, are all classic Craftsman elements.
Though George Wilcox designed several other Craftsman homes in Ukiah, and a scattering of other Craftsman bungalows exist in the town, the Sun House remains its most famous example. This is in good part due, of course, to its distinctive inhabitants. Taken together, the Hudsons and the Sun House are the embodiment of Arts and Crafts ideals, and leave a local legacy of an international movement.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Architecture of the Interior
November 2, 2013 through January 5, 2014
This exhibit of high-quality reproduction drawings and photos of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s interiors, furnishings, and household objects, offered a view into Wright’s creative concepts. Organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona, it was supplemented by Wright-designed
furnishings, sculpture, house plans, and objects selected by the Grace Hudson Museum.
Edward E. Boynton House, Dining Area
Rochester, New York, 1908
Courtesy of Paul Rocheleau
Frederick Robie House,
Dining Area Looking Toward Living Area
Chicago, Illinois, 1906
Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona
"Taliesin Line" Project, "The Four Square" Design
for Heritage-Henredon, Modular Pieces
Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives
(The Museum of Modern Art, Avery Architectural &
Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)