Hailed as one of “32 Most Inspiring Museum Exhibitions to See Across the U.S.” by artnet news, Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960 at the Pasadena Museum of History is one of the most celebrated fine art exhibitions in the nation. Now open following a partial re-installation, Phase II of this landmark exhibition curated by Maurine St. Gaudens Studios introduces a number of historically important new works and artists.
The exhibit has reopened to the public and will remain on view through March 31st, to coincide with Women’s History Month.
“These women were the original feminists,” says Something Revealed curator Maurine St. Gaudens. “They struggled to have their work accepted at a time when art by women was judged less important than the work by their male counterparts.” Something Revealed opened on September 28, 2018 to critical and popular acclaim. It continued to garner attention and accolades throughout its first three months, including features in the Los Angeles Times, American Art Review, Southwest Art, KCET’s Artbound, American Fine Art, Arroyo Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, and Los Angeles Art News, among many others.
The exhibit’s transformation for Phase II provides new insights into the creative work that was being done here in California – and throughout the country – during the one hundred year period covered. “There were so many artists we wanted to spotlight,” notes St. Gaudens. “We simply could not fit them all into the galleries at one time. In order to bring more of these deserving and powerful women artists to the public, we decided to re-hang portions of the exhibit in January.”
With Phases I and II, Something Revealed will have displayed over 300 works of art by 150 different female artists, offering a new appreciation of these women who defied gender and expectation in an era of inequality. Although only a small percentage of them achieved name recognition during their lifetime, all of the artists in the exhibition are historically important and played significant roles in shaping the arts and culture of California. The exhibition is an extension of St. Gaudens’ four volume work, Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960 (Schiffer Publishing, 2016).
Something Revealed is sponsored in part by the John F. Merrell Foundation, The Paloheimo Foundation, and made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. Additional support for the exhibit is provided by Sumner Development, Goldman Sachs Gives, Justin & Victoria Gmelich, Kevin J Casey & the Casey Family in Memory of Ellen Casey Gmelich, Anthony’s Framing Gallery, Jackie & James E. Lockington, John Moran Auctioneers, and Pasadena Picture Framing Co.
Free admission to Something Revealed: California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960 on opening weekend of Phase II of this popular and critically-acclaimed fine art exhibit. Something Revealed spotlights the work of 100+ different female artists working in California during the century-long time span. Meet the curators and enjoy complimentary refreshments from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20. For more information, visit pasadenahistory.org
Admission: $9 General; $8 Students/Seniors; Free for Museum Members and Children under 12; Free to local residents on the first Wednesday of each month. Free parking is available in the Museum lot and on Walnut Street.
The Exhibition Galleries are open 12:00 to 5:00 pm Wednesdays through Sundays unless otherwise noted on the Museum’s website, pasadenahistory.org. Pasadena Museum of History is located at 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-1660 or visit pasadenahistory.org for further information.