RAFFMA to Close Beginning Aug. 1 for Installation of ‘CALAFIA: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise’

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) will be closed for installation beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Only a couple of weeks remain to view the museum’s current temporary exhibition, the 48th Annual Student Art Exhibition, which is on display through July 31.

RAFFMA will re-open in October 2018 with a new exhibition, “CALAFIA: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise,” with CSUSB assistant professor of art, Ed Gomez, as one of the curators. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m.

CALAFIA is a group exhibition that explores the spirit of California by using the mythological black female warrior, who is the namesake and ruler of the fictional island of California, as a source of inspiration and artistic departure.

From Garci Rodrigues de Montalvo’s fifth book of his 16th century opus “Las Sergas de Esplandian” (The Adventures of Esplandian), the story of the great queen Calafia and her army of Amazon women is told with decided wonder that not only establishes her place as a powerful influence on California, a region that spans both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border, but also as a reflection of the ongoing history of the area. The story tells of the rich island of California, and its powerful women, mythical beasts and the quest for greatness sets the foundation for the continuing mythos of its people and its land.

CALAFIA is proudly presented at RAFFMA as part of the MexiCali Biennial’s 2018-19 programming. The MexiCali Biennial is a bi-national arts organization that explores the area of the California/Mexico border as a site for aesthetic production. The biennial showcases nomadic exhibitions that partner with arts institutions to showcase both emerging and established artists working in all media.

Originally started as a critique of the proliferation of international and regional biennials, the MexiCali Biennial may occur at any time and on any side of the U.S.-Mexico border. For more information, visit the MexiCali Biennial website.

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The only accredited art museum in San Bernardino, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $6 per vehicle and $3 on weekends.

The museum is open Monday – Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, noon– 8 p.m., and closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website.

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