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In the Construction Zone:
Mendocino County Assemblage Art

Spencer Brewer, Larry Fuente, Joan Giannecchini, Esther Siegel,
Susan Spencer, Denver Tuttle, and Michael Wilson

As the Grace Hudson Museum nears completion on several major interior and exterior remodelng projects, we celebrate construction with this group show featuring the
fascinating assemblage and constructed work of seven local artists. Using an astonishing
array of materials to create art that ranges from "three-dimensional collage" to optical
illusion, the artists incorporate puns, analytical thinking, storytelling, and political statement to create thought-provoking and visually dazzling works.

Mona Looza
, Larry Fuente


Days of Grace: California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawaii
NOW AT THE HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART, Honolulu, Hawaii
Thursday, November 12, 2015–Sunday, March 6, 2016

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Originally organized by the Grace Hudson Museum, Days of Grace travels to Honolulu to introduce new audiences to Grace Hudson and the Hawaiian work she produced during her transformative year in the Islands in 1901. Reconfigured to fit the space at the Honolulu Museum of Art, and to take advantage of its collections, the exhibit will focus on Grace, while a companion exhibit discusses other women artists active in Hawaii c. 1900-1950.


Emma Square
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1901, by Grace Hudson
Collection of George Weatherston



Current Exhibit

Modern Twist:
Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art

May 30–August 30, 2015

img mimura chikuho hope detailAn exciting international exhibition, Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art features the work of professional bamboo artists living in Japan, whose evocative, sensual, and sculptural pieces explore innovations in bamboo art since the mid-twentieth century. The artworks were chosen by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, from the collections of the Clark
Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California. It
was organized to travel by International Arts and Artists, Washington, D.C.
Mimura Chickuhō, Hope (Detail), 2004. Bamboo
(madake), rattan, lacquer. Photo by Susan Einstein.

To more closely tie Modern Twist to our collections and mission, at the Grace Hudson Museum we have added 12 Pomo baskets to accompany the 38 Japanese art pieces on display. Taken from our own holdings, and those of other lenders, the Pomo baskets provide interesting similarities and contrasts to their Japanese counterparts. Both basketry traditions are world famous, and mastering them requires decades of meticulous practice in harvesting and preparing native plant materials, and in constructing finished pieces. Modern Twist features examples of both Japanese and Pomo pieces by master weavers that together span over one hundred years of textile arts. 

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(Left) Nagakura Ken'ichi, Circle, 1990. Bamboo (madake), lacquer, powdered polishing stone, and clay. Photo by Mochizuki Akira.
(Right) Uematsu Chicuyū, Ascending to Heaven, 2007. Bamboo (madake) and rattan. Photo by Susan Einstein.

Bamboo is a quintessential part of Japanese life, and its emergence as a sculptural art form has religious and cultural roots. The Japanese have used this extraordinarily strong and flexible grass for centuries–for everything from functional objects to ceremonial baskets, and for the vases, tea scoops, ladles and whisks that serve an important place in the Japanese traditions of flower arranging (ikebana) and tea gatherings (chanoyu and senchadō). It is a challenging medium, with less than 100 professional bamboo artists in Japan today.

Modern Twist brings 17 of these artists to North American audiences, including two men deemed “Living National Treasures” by the Japanese government in recognition of the excellence of their work. These National Treasures–Katsushiro Sōhō and Fujinuma Noboru–are joined by visionary artists Matsumoto Hafū, Honma Hideaki, Ueno Masao, Uematsu Chikuyū, Nagakura Ken’ichi, Tanabe Chikuunsai III, Tanabe Yōta, Tanabe Shōchiku III, Tanioka Shigeo, Tanioka Aiko, Honda Shōryū, Mimura Chikuhō, Nakatomi Hajime, Sugiura Noriyoshi, and Yonezawa Jirō.

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(Left) Tanabe Chikuunsai III, Squares and Circles, 2005. Bamboo (yadake), rattan, lacquer. Photo © Forrest Cavale.
(Right) Jenny Jackson, Pomo Indian Feast Tray, circa 1885. Willow shoots, sedge roots, bracken fern roots.

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(Left) Grace Hudson Museum Main Gallery, featuring Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art
(Right) Ueno Masao, Rotation of Ellipse Makes Two Transparent Drums, 2004. Bamboo (madake), rattan, lacquer,
and gold powder. Photo by Susan Einstein.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity at the Grace Hudson Museum to experience groundbreaking levels of conceptual, technical, and artistic ingenuity both in bamboo art, and in the striking examples of our own
local Pomo basketry.

The exhibition was generously supported by the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Nomura Foundation, Japan Foundation,
Los Angeles, and the Snider Family Fund.

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Exhibits

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.

Exhibition Schedule


Join us for a variety of fun events and exhibits during Construction Phase I of our
Park Remodel Project this fall!


img fuenteJanuary 30, 2016–April 17, 2016:

In the Construction Zone:
Mendocino County Assemblage Art

Spencer Brewer, Larry Fuente, Joan Giannecchini, Esther Siegel,
Susan Spencer, Denver Tuttle, and Michael Wilson

As the Grace Hudson Museum nears completion on several major interior and exterior remodelng projects, we celebrate construction with this group show featuring the
fascinating assemblage and constructed work of seven local artists. Using an astonishing
array of materials to create art that ranges from "three-dimensional collage" to optical
illusion, the artists incorporate puns, analytical thinking, storytelling, and political statement to create thought-provoking and visually dazzling works.

Mona Looza, Larry Fuente


Thursday, November 12, 2015–Sunday, March 6, 2016

Days of Grace: California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawaii
AT THE HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART, Honolulu, Hawaii

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Originally organized by the Grace Hudson Museum, Days of Grace travels to Honolulu to introduce new audiences to Grace Hudson and the Hawaiian work she produced during her transformative year in the Islands in 1901. Reconfigured to fit the space at the Honolulu Museum of Art, and to take advantage of its collections, the exhibit will focus on Grace, while a companion exhibit discusses other women artists active in Hawaii c. 1900-1950.


Emma Square
, 1901, by Grace Hudson.
Collection of George Weatherston.


Permanent Exhibits

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.

Hart Gallery

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.

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Person Gallery

img person galThe 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.


 

Stone Gallery

"stone gallery" "pomo baskets"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

A sunny day at The Sun House, Grace Hudson's historic home in Ukiah, California.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.

Gold Fever!

Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush
Saturday, November 7, 2015–Sunday, January 10, 2016

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Gold Fever! Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush was a traveling exhibition developed by Exhibit Envoy and the California Council for the Humanities, in collaboration with the Oakland Museum of California.

The exhibit featured twenty-four photomural panels that included fascinating text alongside reproductions of primary documents, photographs, daguerreotypes, and Gold Rush-era paintings. Other items on display included models of objects in common use during the period, including some hands-on artifacts for students to explore. All this was supplemented at the Grace Hudson Museum with Gold Rush-related mining equipment, photos, and documents from Grace Hudson's own family.

The show spotlighted the remarkable stories of emigrants from all parts of the world who came to the area during the tumultuous and colorful Gold Rush era. These included individual women, Native Americans, adventurers, gold seekers, and Californios (the original Spanish-speaking colonists of California, or their descendants). The exhibit also examined the impact James Marshall’s discovery of gold continues to have on all of California’s people, cultures, environment, politics, and economy.

Miners Near Nevada City, 1852. Photographer Unknown.
Collection of
the California State Library.

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