Hilbert Museum Opening Reception for Fall Exhibitions is Saturday, Oct. 7

 

Hilbert Museum to Open Five New Fall Exhibitions on Saturday, October 7

 

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University will open five new exhibitions on Saturday, October 7, with a free opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. 

The museum, located at 167 N. Atchison Street in Orange, opened in spring 2016 and has already attracted more than 15,000 visitors.  Admission to the Hilbert Museum is always free, and it is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Limited free parking is available in front of the museum with a permit obtained inside.   For more information, the public can call 714-516-5880 or visit www.hilbertmuseum.org.

The museum will be closed from September 24 to October 6 to install the new exhibitions.

The five new exhibitions are:  “50/50: California Art in Transition,” “Making Waves: The Surf Art of Rick Griffin and John Severson,” “American Illustration: Children at Play,” “The Magic of Disney Art, Featuring Pinocchio,” and “California Masters: Bradford J. Salamon” will open with reception on Saturday, October 7, 5-8 p.m

The New Exhibitions:

“50/50: California Art in Transition, 1940-1970,” curated by Glen Knowles, examines the period including World War II and the following decades, when artists and art techniques from Europe and around the world flooded into California, bringing new ideas of modernism. In California art schools, there was a split, with about half of them teaching the new modernism and abstraction, and half adhering to conservative representational methods. This exhibition shows how an exhibition of the time, presented by a California gallery or art school, would have looked.

“American Illustration: Children at Play” marks the official opening of the Hilbert Museum’s new American Illustration gallery, focusing on the accomplished artists who create illustrations for magazines, books and other publications. This first exhibition spotlights magazine illustration from the 1920s to the 1950s featuring an idealized view of American childhood, with artists including Joe DeMers, Stevan Dohanos, Andrew Loomis and more.

“Making Waves: A Tribute to Rick Griffin and John Severson,” curated by Gordon McClelland, salutes the two masterful artists who contributed so much to the surfing culture in California and elsewhere. This exhibition includes Griffin’s influential painting “Pacific Vibrations,” along with Severson’s thrilling surf paintings and a collection of surfing ephemera, zines and posters.

“The Magic of Disney Art, Featuring Pinocchio,” in the Animation Art gallery, spotlights four newly acquired original animation cels from the 1940 Disney classic about the puppet who wished to be a real boy.  Also on exhibit will be animation art, concept art and more from many other Disney movies, including Lady and the Tramp, The Jungle Book and more. Many of California’s best-known artists worked for the Disney Studios, including Eyvind Earle, Mary Blair, Phil Paradise, Phil Dike and others represented in the Hilbert Collection.

“California Masters: Bradford J. Salamon” features the acclaimed Los Angeles artist’s works from the Hilbert Permanent Collection, focusing on his monumental “portraits” of vintage objects, food…and Star Wars robot C-3PO.

In addition, a selection of works from the Hilbert Museum’s permanent collection will also be on view, featuring paintings by such California artists as Emil Kosa Jr., Frank Romero, Millard Sheets, Milford Zornes and many more.

ABOUT THE HILBERT MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, which opened in 2016, was founded thanks to the generosity of founders Mark and Janet Hilbert of Newport Beach. The Hilbert Collection – which includes oils and watercolors of urban and rural scenes, coastal views, farms, ranches and landscapes of everyday life – is a significant repository of images of the 20th and 21st centuries by California artists, celebrating the unique artistic and cultural development of the Golden State. As Mark Hilbert said when the Museum opened, “We focus on works that tell a story – the unique story of our own state, California.”

A portion of the Hilbert Collection of more than 1,000 paintings – mostly works in watercolor and oil created from the 1930s to the 1970s by such luminaries of the California Scene movement as Millard Sheets, Emil Kosa Jr., Mary Blair, Phil Dike, Milford Zornes and Rex Brandt, among others – is always on display in the Museum. In addition, rotating temporary exhibits are regularly scheduled.

Rick Griffin, "Pacific Vibrations,"  1969, acrylic on Masonite, 43" x 29". Courtesy of Jay Guold.  

Rick Griffin, "Pacific Vibrations,"  1969, acrylic on Masonite, 43" x 29". Courtesy of Jay Guold.

 

John Severson, "Surf Be Bop," 1963, oil on canvas.  Courtesy of Louise Severson.

John Severson, "Surf Be Bop," 1963, oil on canvas.  Courtesy of Louise Severson.

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Free Artist Talk: SUONG YANGCHAREON at the Hilbert, Saturday, June 17, 2pm

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University will present a FREE talk by noted artist Suong Yangchareon at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17 in the museum's main gallery. All are invited! He will speak about his life, work and techniques in a talk titled "There's a Place."   

Admission to the museum is also FREE, and there is limited free parking in front of the building.  Additional parking is available in the Chapman film school lot – (marked “KS” on map; $2 for 2 hours; $3 for 4 hours at permit machine), and city lot one block east.

Suong Yangchareon

Suong Yangchareon

Suong Yangchareon, born in Thailand, came to the U.S. in 1974 and now lives in Eagle Rock. He specializes in detailed, almost photorealistic paintings -- mostly of Los Angeles and environs, but also of small towns he discovers in California. His paintings often capture California days at the height of afternoon, when the sun is hot and most people are indoors, so the streets and sidewalks are empty under a blazing blue sky. But there's also an aura of expectancy in his works – a feeling that as the day wears on, people will come out and activity will resume.  

Mr. Yangchareon will be happy to answer audience questions.

Six paintings by Mr. Yangchareon are currently on exhibition in the Hilbert Museum, and two are in the Pacific Club’s art collection.  He is represented by the Paul Thiebaud Gallery.

More information: 714-516-5880 or www.hilbertmuseum.com

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Come enjoy a great afternoon at the Hilbert Museum – before or after the talk, explore the Museum’s three current exhibitions:  “Golden Dreams: The Immigrant Vision of California,” “Out of the West” and “Disney Production Art,” in addition to works from the permanent collection by Millard Sheets, Milford Zornes, Emil Kosa Jr., Mary Blair, Preston Blair, Phil Dike, Ralph Hulett and many other acclaimed California artists.

Suong Yangchareon: "Livingston, Calif.," 2015.  Acrylic on canvas.  Collection of Janet and Mark Hilbert. Currently on exhibition at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, Orange, Calif., through September 23, 2017.

Suong Yangchareon: "Livingston, Calif.," 2015.  Acrylic on canvas.  Collection of Janet and Mark Hilbert. Currently on exhibition at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, Orange, Calif., through September 23, 2017.

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