Upcoming Exhibition | California Modernist Women

Upcoming Exhibition | California Modernist Women

Harvey Milk Terminal 1

Departures - Level 2
June 2022 - April 2023

California Modernist Women

Modern decorative arts and design reflected exciting new technologies and forms of expression during the mid-twentieth century. A shift from traditionally ornate styles to sleeker designs occurred, driven by enthusiasm for the future and unprecedented creativity. As artists experimented with modern materials and techniques, others looked for inspiration in the simplicity of crafts. In the United States, California played a central role in the formation of the new mid-century-modern aesthetic. Some of the Golden State’s most innovative artists and designers were women, many of whom have been overlooked in subsequent years. California Modernist Women will feature ceramics, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, and graphic and decorative arts by groundbreaking female artists who worked primarily in Northern California. Artists represented include Ruth Asawa, Dorr Bothwell, Esther Bruton, Helen Bruton, Margaret Bruton, Margaret De Patta, Ray Eames, Edith Heath, Freda Koblick, Mary Fuller, Eileen Reynolds, Marguerite Wildenhain, and Zahara Schatz.