By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) at California State University, San Bernardino will open its first exhibition of the 2019-2020 season, “Made in California: Art + Photographic Portraits of Artists by Shimabukuro,” on Saturday, Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m., with a preview at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will run until Dec. 7.
The exhibition will present fine art photographer Wayne Shimabukuro’s insightful portrait photographs of renowned California artists alongside their often iconic works.
“The exhibition’s idea was conceived when Wayne Shimabukuro donated a large portfolio of his photographs to RAFFMA in 2017,” said the museum director, Eva Kirsch. “Going through the list of the artists’ names, we started imaging our ‘Made in California’ exhibition – not a comprehensive, thematic presentation of California art like the LACMA’s significant 2001 exhibition under the same title, subtitled, ‘Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000.’ Ours is just a selection of artworks and portrait photographs of artists – all made in California.”
According to Shimabukuro’s website, the Los Angeles native has been photographing California artists for more than 30 years, initially in the 1970s as “a casual endeavor,” which “gradually became a committed project.” In search for “insight, a sense of place, a bit of narrative,” Shimabukuro typically shoots his portraits in the artist’s studio, each time approaching it fresh, with no preconceived notions of how the sitting should go. By working patiently and fluidly with his sitters, Shimabukuro creates images of great compositional and psychological clarity, strong and stunning, potentially iconic statements of presence. Recently, in conjunction with the “Made in California” exhibition, he revisited the artists’ studios and photographed many of the artists again after many years.
Each portrait photograph of an artist in the RAFFMA exhibition will be matched to an artwork by each of the portrayed artists. The result will be eclectic – very Southern California. The exhibition will feature artworks of different genres and mediums, from paintings and sculptures, through drawings and prints, to installations and media art – all made in California from the mid-1960s through today.
The list of artists in the exhibition contains close to 40 names, from Kim Abeles to Habib Zamani, and includes such well-recognized artists as John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, David Hockney, Sam Francis, Ed Moses, Astrid Preston, Monique Prieto, Alyson and Betye Saar, and Ed Ruscha.
“Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!” said Kirsch. “There will be plenty of California art at RAFFMA this fall – certainly something for everyone, including the ‘Made in California’ exhibition accompanying programs this fall.”
The exhibition catalog will be published after the exhibition opens.