Current Exhibitions

26 on 3rd

November 10, 2018 – December 16, 2018

26 on 3rd highlights works from the Museum’s permanent-collection, generously gifted by arts patrons, Bret McAllister and Gary Greener. Featuring seminal artists, including Nan Goldin, Keith Haring, Ed Moses, Sam Durant, Tony Berlant and Laura Owens, the 26 works in the exhibition challenge the viewer by means of materials, concepts, and compositions. Donations from patrons such as McAllister and Greener have helped us continue to build the Museum’s permanent collection for nearly 70 years.

Image credit: Keith Haring, Chocolate Buddha, 1-5, 1989, Lithograph, Gift of Bret McAllister and Gary J. Greener

Jane Brucker: Fragile Thoughts

September 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019

The exhibition, Fragile Thoughts, is a 25 year survey representing Jane Brucker’s exploration of personal and collective history, mortality and fragility. A hallmark of Brucker’s work is the combining of found objects and heirlooms with other materials – textiles, wood, glass, paper, text, and cast metals to create works with a resonant poetic spirit and a tactile sensibility. Objects and materials are transformed through Brucker’s attention to detail. Simultaneously, narrative passages from her own family invite the audience to relate to shared themes and stories. Generous grant support for the new Fragile Thoughts installation, a part of the Fragile Thoughts exhibition, is provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance. Additional in-kind support graciously provided by Judson Studios, Pasadena.

Image credit: Jane Brucker, Lost, 2006 – ongoing, Installation of three-hundred cast bronze and brass objects, (detail)

FARM FRESH: Narsiso Martinez

October 5, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Since moving to the United States from Oaxaca, Mexico, Narsiso Martinez (B. 1977) immersed himself in pursuing an education by first enrolling in English Language courses and later getting his GED. It was not until taking an art history class at the Los Angeles City College that Martinez realized his passion for art, stirring up childhood memories of when he would sketch the faces of his family members. The artist plowed through, eventually earning a Master of Fine Arts from Cal State University, Long Beach, while working in orchards between schools to earn a living. As an undergraduate at CSULB, Martinez began developing his practice and researching into the lives of field workers. The empowering story of the artist’s journey and his achievements first captivated the Long Beach community when he was invited to participate as the Museum’s Artist in Residence in 2017.

The inaugural solo exhibition, FARM FRESH explores Martinez’s artistic practice, which continues to be deeply influenced by his own experiences, the familiar landscapes of the fields, and his personal relationships with field workers. Sourcing imagery from his own photographs, the site-specific, new body of mixed-media work and sculpture in the exhibition aim to give voice to the marginalized group.

Image credit: Narsiso Martinez, Always Fresh, 2018, Ink, charcoal, gouache, gold leaf and collage on reclaimed cardboard produce boxes, (detail)

John Sonsini – Daywork: Portraits

October 12, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Daywork: Portraits, the first comprehensive exhibition of one of the most celebrated series of portrait paintings by Los Angeles-based artist, John Sonsini, surveys a compelling body of work that captures the personalities and characteristics of Latino day laborers living in Los Angeles. Spanning nearly two decades, the exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art explores the history of Sonsini’s subject matter and the development of the artist’s distinct, expressionistic painting style. Accompanied by his still life paintings, the compilation of these works provides powerful insight into Sonsini’s career as a painter of people.

Image credit: John Sonsini, Ruben, Pedro, Miguel, 2004, Oil on canvas, San Francisco Museum of Art, Gift of Deborah and David Trainer