From Hogarth to Hundertwasser: A Passion for Prints                       

May 24 - August 24, 2014


2014 Exhibition Hundertwasser

This exhibition features a rich collection of fine art prints dating from the 15th century to the present including work by Albrecht Durer, William Hogarth, Wassily Kandinsky, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Francisco Zuniga. It reflects the passions of a Sonoma County collector who has acquired prints for more than six decades.

Most of the collector’s prints have never been shown. Several were acquired when she assisted the Prints and Drawings Council at the Los Angeles County Museum in the early 1970s. Beginning in 1965, LACMA’s Council commissioned prints as a way to raise money and to encourage a culture of collecting and scholarship. The collector worked with a number of the artists including Francisco Zuniga, whose studio she visited to check on a print he was producing for the Council and to ensure that the plate was destroyed upon completion of the edition.

Like many collectors, our collector purchased what she liked and not to document a particular artistic period or movement, and not for investment purposes. The collection is quirky and rich for this reason.

Why works on paper? For our collector, it has been the feel of the papers and the different qualities of lines, inks and washes. She bought drawings as well, though not as many, and many of the prints in her home have inscriptions from the artists who she worked with over the years. For our collector, it wasn’t just the images that were interesting, but also the print techniques. Her collection, presented to the public for the first time, allows us to appreciate the different processes of print, to see her unique vision, and to share in her passion for prints.

Support for the exhibition comes in part from the collector, Navarro Winery, and Hammerfriar Gallery.















Siberia: In the Eyes of Russian Photographers                           

June 7 - August 17, 2014


2014 Exhibition Siberia


Siberia—the name itself carries the image of a cold and mysterious landscape. Yet, the exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East has many parallels to the story of the American exploration and settlement of the West. The two frontiers, one reaching east and one reaching west, met in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest in the eighteenth century. Relying largely on quasi commercial ventures, fur traders and explorers, the Russians crossed the ocean and ventured south down the Pacific Coast of North America. In 1812 they established the outpost of Fort Ross, here in present day Sonoma County—creating a link between Russian and American expansionism.

Much like the American West, Siberia has often been considered more for what it reflects about Russian culture at any given time than for its own, real qualities. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the frontier experience was enshrined in Russian culture and became an important source of national identity. Frontier landscapes like Siberia came to stand for national possibility.

The exhibition Siberia: In the Eyes of Russian Photographers provides both an historical and a current view of Siberia, as well as a glimpse into its varied geography and diversity through more than 100 photographs. Curated by Lea Bendavid-Val and organized by the Foundation for International Arts & Education, these photographs span more than 150 years—between the 1860s and 2011. The exhibit is supported by American University's Initiative for Russian Culture and The Russian of PhotoArtists and PhotoSoyz Agency.