EXHIBITS

Now Showing

March 21 through May 17, 2015

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The Art of Sustainability

 A dynamic exploration of California's ecological issues by leading contemporary artists from six regions throughout the state, this exhibit examines natural and human forces that have shaped California's current landscape. Artists include: Kim Abeles, Charles Bello, Robert Dawson, Sant Khalsa, Judith Lowry, Linda MacDonald, Ann Savageau, Kim Stringfellow, Penelope Gottlieb, Newton Harrison & Helen Mayer Harrison, Gyongy Laky, Luke Matjas, and Daniel McCormick. Ignite!: The Art of Sustainability is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy, in conjunction with the California Association of Museums' Green Museums Initiative and funded by The James Irvine Foundation. Support for its Ukiah venue is provided by the Sun House Guild.

(Above) Linda MacDonald, Life of a Redwood, 2012, oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

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(Left) Penelope Gottlieb, Cirsium vulgare,
Courtesy of the Artist

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(Left) IGNITE! The Art of Sustainability,
in the Main Gallery










 Also, in the Spriggs Foyer:

SONGS OF THE CIVIL WAR:
Sheet Music from the
Museum Collections

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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

March 21 through May 17, 2015

life-of-a-redwoodsforwebIGNITE!:
The Art of Sustainability

A dynamic exploration of California's ecological issues by leading contemporary artists from six regions throughout the state, this exhibit examines natural and human forces that have shaped California's current landscape. Artists include: Kim Abeles, Charles Bello, Robert Dawson, Sant Khalsa, Judith Lowry, Linda MacDonald, Ann Savageau, Kim Stringfellow, Penelope Gottlieb, Newton Harrison & Helen Mayer Harrison, Gyongy Laky, Luke Matjas, and Daniel McCormick. Ignite!: The Art of Sustainability is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy, in conjunction with the California Association of Museums' Green Museums Initiative and funded by The James Irvine Foundation. Support for its Ukiah venue is provided by the Sun House Guild.

Linda MacDonald, Life of a Redwood, 2012, oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist


May 30 through August 30, 2015

Modern Twist:
Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art

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Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, is an exhibition exploring innovations in bamboo art since the mid-twentieth century. Curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and organized by International Arts and Artists, Modern Twist features a stunning selection of works from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture by artists including Japan's National Treasures, Katsushiro Sō and Fujinuma Noboru. Other artists represented are 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. With rare wall-hung installations and pieces never before seen in the United States, this exhibition both engages and educates audiences about a vibrant cultural art form. Modern Twist will be supplemented at the Grace Hudson Museum by examples of Pomo basketry.

Tanabe Chikuunsai III, Squares and Circles, 2005. Bamboo (yadake), rattan, lacquer.
Photo © Forrest Cavale.



 

 


 




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.

Jules Tavernier

Artist & Adventurer

The Illustrations

January 10–March 8, 2015
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Jules Tavernier: Artist & Adventurer–The Illustrations, featured selected work from a larger show organized by the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California in 2014, and presented both there and at the Monterey Museum of Art. At the Grace Hudson Museum the show focused on the wood engravings that Tavernier created with artist Paul Frenzeny on a coast-to-coast sketching assignment for Harper’s Weekly in 1873-1874.

An illustrator, landscapist, genre painter, and visionary, nineteenth-century artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889) was born in France but became one of the American West’s foremost talents. Though his career was brief, his intense creative energy spawned unique works in a variety of media, including engraving, oil, watercolor, and pastel. In painting, he employed techniques ranging from densely layered glazes built up in the manner of the old masters to the swift, fresh brushwork popularized by France’s Barbizon painters and, at times, the Impressionists.

 In his own day, Tavernier’s works broadened perceptions about what was considered paintable. The transcontinental illustrations he made with Paul Frenzeny brought images and details of the West into American parlors everywhere and resulted in iconic paintings of American Indian life. In Monterey, California, he discovered and advanced new subject matter, leading followers away from grand, sweeping vistas toward the more intimate and emotional portrayal of nature that he had learned in France. In San Francisco, his studio became a bohemian artistic center, and he helped to found and lead the city’s arts organizations. Heading even farther to the west, in Hawaii he broke new ground by painting dramatic scenes of fiery volcanoes, before passing away in Honolulu at the age of 45.

Jules Tavernier: Artist & Adventurer–The Illustrations is accompanied by a full-color catalogue and features essays by Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., the Crocker's chief curator and associate director, Claudine Chalmers, Ph.D., and Alfred Harrison, Jr. of the North Point Gallery in San Francisco.

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Shooting Antelopes from a Railroad Train in Colorado
Jules Tavernier and Paul Frenzeny, 1875
9" x 13 3/8"

Wood engraving (with later hand coloring) for Harper's Weekly
Private Collection

 



Marin Sunset, Back of Petaluma
Jules Tavernier, early 1880s

26 1/2" x 30"

Oil on canvas
Crocker Art Museum, gift of Dr. Robert L. and
Mrs. Sansa O'Connor Alexander. 1980.5




Days of Grace

California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawaii

September 6 through December 28, 2014
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This landmark exhibit brought together–for the first time ever–
many of the existing paintings and sketches that the Museum's namesake artist made in 1901 during a restorative stay in Hawaii. It featured Hudson's seldom-seen portraits of Native Hawaiian and Asian women and children, plus charming landscapes and seascapes. These were supplemented by Hawaiian artifacts Grace collected, her letters to and from family members during her sojourn, and photos she took of her surroundings.

Included were rare works from other painters in Hawaii that Grace met while there, including Helen Whitney Kelley; Theodore Wores; Charles Furneaux; D. Howard Hitchcock; illustrator Charles Bradford Hudson (no relation to Grace or her husband, John); and Harold Meade Mott-Smith. An extensive catalog was developed in tandem with the exhibit and is available in the Museum Gift Shop. This exhibit was co-curated by Karen Holmes, Grace Hudson Museum Registrar & Carpenter Family Historian, and Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Grace Hudson Museum Director.


Emma Square
, Painting No. 187, Grace Hudson, 1901
, 29" x 24", Oil on canvas, Collection of George Weatherston

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Punahele

Painting No. 197
Grace Hudson, 1901
8" x 5"

Oil on board
Collection of the Grace Hudson Museum


 Chinese Child Sitting
in Doorway
Painting No. 189
Grace Hudson, 1901

6" x 5"

Oil on board
Collection of the Grace Hudson Museum

 

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Left:
Grace Hudson's palette, painting diary, and painting supplies
Circa 1901
Collection of the Gr
ace Hudson Museum

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Above:
Grace Hudson in Hawaii
Photographer unknown
1901
Collection of the Grace Hudson Museum

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Left:
The Artist and His Wife, Honolulu

Harold Meade Mott-Smith
Circa 1898
24" x 18"
Oil on canvas
Courtesy Douglas Frazer Fine Art, Medina, WA


 


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