Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) Announces Upcoming Exhibits Opening in March and May With Focus on Women Artists

Top Quote The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) has announced a series of exhibits opening in March and May featuring renowned women artists such as Joan Savo and Beth Van Hoesen, early photographic pioneers such as Anne Brigman, Dorthea Lange, and Imogen Cunningham, painters including Anna Althea Hills and Eugenia Frances McComas, and trailblazing woman artist E. Charlton Fortune. End Quote
  • Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) February 21, 2018 - All exhibits will open in March at the MMA’s Pacific Street location except for Fortune’s, which opens in May.

    Here are the upcoming exhibits:
    “Joan Savo through the Years”

    March 15 – April 22, 2018

    MMA Pacific Street
    This exhibition surveys Joan Savo’s artistic career from her early mid-century abstracts, into her well-known figural works, and finally her later abstract pieces of the 1990’s. This exhibition will feature a newly acquired work from Savo’s early career as an artist and several pieces that have not recently been seen by the public, and all have been drawn from the Museum’s growing collection.

    “Beth Van Hoesen: Still Life”

    March 15 – April 29, 2018

    MMA Pacific Street
    “Beth Van Hoesen: Still Life” features prints and drawings by the late Bay Area artist. This exhibition will feature enigmatic works focused on figures, still lifes, and highly patterned domestic scenes. Many of these works have not previously been displayed, and most were generously given to the MMA by the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust in 2013.

    “Into the Light: California Women Photographers”

    March 15 – Dec. 17, 2018

    MMA Pacific Street
    This exhibition highlights women photographers’ significant contributions to the medium of photography featuring early photographic pioneers such as Anne Brigman, Dorthea Lange, and Imogen Cunningham.

    “Into the Light: California Women Painters”

    March 15 – Dec. 17, 2018

    MMA Pacific Street
    A new installation in our Marble Gallery of California Art celebrates our rich history of California women painters. Artist featured in this exhibition include Anna Althea Hills, E. Charlton Fortune, Grace Carpenter Hudson, Eugenia Frances McComas, M. Evelyn McCormick, and Bertha Stringer Lee, among many others. Individual artworks will rotate throughout the year.

    “E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit”

    May 24 – Aug. 2018

    MMA Pacific Street
    California artist E. Charlton Fortune (1885–1969) came of age during a time when women began to challenge the status quo and redefine their expected roles in society. “E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit,” will be on view at the Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) May 24–August 27, 2018, and showcases the work of this trailblazing female and one of California’s most significant artists.

    Fortune had a thriving career as a painter until the age of 43 when she began a pioneering new vocation as a liturgical artist and as the leader of the Monterey Guild. The exhibition pairs the artist’s impressionist and modernist landscapes with her ecclesiastical paintings, furnishings, and other work produced for the Catholic Church.

    “E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit” is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art and curated by Scott A. Shields, PhD, California art scholar and Crocker Art Museum’s Associate Director and Chief Curator.

    About the Monterey Museum of Art:
    The Monterey Museum of Art expands a passion for the visual arts and inspires appreciation of California Art — past, present, and future. The Monterey Museum of Art connects art and community, with an emphasis on participatory experiences built around the Museum’s strong collection of California and regional art. Exhibitions and programs of the highest quality are designed to engage and inspire visitors.

    The Museum was established in 1959, to uphold the artistic legacy of the region by collecting, preserving and presenting the art of California and the Central Coast. Originally a chapter of the American Federation of the Arts, MMA remains the only nationally accredited museum between San Jose and Santa Barbara.

    Visit for additional information on the Museum's exhibitions, programming and events.

    Media Inquiries: pr ( @ ) montereyart dot org or 831.372.5477 x101

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