’Tis the Season to Get Artsy

Five art exhibits to catch this winter, from San Francisco to Monterey

 By Dave de Give


From the streets of San Francisco to the coastal environs of Monterey, Waves is happy to recommend five can’t-miss museum exhibits to visit this winter.


The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand

Gottfried Lindauer  Tamati Waka Nene  1890  oil on canvas  Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915

Gottfried Lindauer Tamati Waka Nene 1890 oil on canvas Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915

The first major exhibition of Māori portraits under one roof in the United States, this display offers 31 strikingly realistic oil paintings of indigenous Māori leaders crafted during a time of European settlement and British colonization of New Zealand. Pioneering artist Gottfried Lindauer created the portraits of respected Māori elders, politicians and warrior chiefs, many who defied British authorities or fought in the wars for land and resources in New Zealand.

“It is fascinating that a Czech painter trained in the European style of 19th century portraiture became the most celebrated portraitist of Māori in New Zealand,” says Max Hollein, director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “The Māori see these paintings as living connections to the past and the remarkable life stories of their ancestors.”


Visit “The Māori Portraits” through April 1 at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, deyoung.famsf.org.


After The Lovin’

Faces of Resistance _ Image by Ilka Hartmann

Whether you’re a millennial too young to have witnessed the Summer of Love or a boomer wanting to experience it all again, the New Museum Los Gatos has got you covered with two exhibits celebrating the 50th anniversary of world-changing rock ’n’ roll and social and political movements. From the Black Panthers and the ecology movements in the San Francisco Bay Area to outdoor rock concerts in the Santa Cruz Mountains, these exhibits do not disappoint.

Faces of Resistance: Through the Lens of Ilka Hartmann documents the connections between social justice movements of the ’60s and ’70s with those of today. The German-born Hartmann originally came to the Bay Area to study theology. After taking a course in photography and finding herself at the center of the anti-war and social justice movements at UC Berkeley in the 1960s, she thrust herself into photographing the events of the day and made photography her life’s work.

Chateau Liberté: House of Freedom chronicles the history of the 72-acre Los Gatos hills property of the same name that attracted big-name Bay Area rock bands such as the Doobie Brothers, the Tubes, Hot Tuna, and individual members of the Grateful Dead to its outdoor forest concert stage during the Summer of Love era.

See Chateau Liberté through Feb. 4 and Faces of Resistance through July 15 at the New Museum Los Gatos, in Los Gatos, numulosgatos.org.


Rocks and Waves

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Long-time Santa Cruz curator Frank Perry has come up with another precious gem: His Rocks and Waves exhibit at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History documents the natural arches and bridges that have formed over the years along the ever-changing coastline of West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. The series of pictures dates back to 1872, capturing several formations that have long since collapsed or washed away. The images are a photographic and historical exploration of the shoreline between Lighthouse Point and Natural Bridges State Park, culled from Perry’s personal collection and supplemented with images provided by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH), and UC Santa Cruz.


Rocks and Waves is on display through Feb. 4 at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History on East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, santacruzmuseum.org.


California’s Wild Edge

 Monterey Bay from SC Pogonip

Mill Valley-born artist Tom Killion’s exquisite woodblock prints of the Santa Cruz coastline will invite viewers to explore California’s “wild edge” in an upcoming exhibit at the Santa Cruz MAH. The prints pay homage to the beautiful landscapes of Santa Cruz County, including Natural Bridges and Wilder Ranch state parks. From the time of his childhood growing up on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, Killion has been fascinated with the outdoors and the rugged scenery of Northern California. His prints are made from a Japanese-inspired artistic process using linoleum and wood, based on the Japanese art form of Ukiyo-e, and following in the footsteps of two of its 19th century masters: Hokusai and Hiroshige.


See California’s Wild Edge beginning Jan. 12 through April 22 at the Santa Cruz MAH in downtown Santa Cruz, santacruzmah.org.


Paint with Dali17


Things are about to get surreal! The Dali17 museum in Monterey has launched Paint with Dali17, a surrealist painting event held on the first Saturday of each month. Guests receive first-hand instruction from young local artists on how to paint their own version of a Dali masterpiece to take home. Advance reservations are required for this popular event, which usually features wine from a prominent local winery.

Dali17 is a permanent collection of original etchings, mixed media, lithographs and rare sculptures by 20th century Spanish artist Salvador Dali. The name ties in to 17 Mile Drive in Monterey, where Dali lived and worked in the 1940s and served as a prominent member of the local arts scene. The museum houses the first permanent Dali exhibition on the West Coast and the largest private collection on exhibit in the United States.


Paint with Dali17 is held on the first Saturday of each month at the Dali17 Museum in Monterey, dali17.com. Advanced reservations and separate admission fee required.



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