Monthly Archives: October 2015

Opening Reception: Robert Kinmont

Gatehouse Gallery

Robert Kinmont, 8 Natural Handstands (detail), 1969/2005. 9 silver gelatin prints, each 8 x 8 in. Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin Gallery, New York

Join us for a complimentary wine reception celebrating the opening of our fall exhibition. Conceptual sculptor and California native Robert Kinmont (b. 1937) explores the interdependency between man and nature through a diverse range of approaches. Robert Kinmont: Trying to understand where I grew up marks the first Bay Area solo presentation by the Sonoma-based artist in over 45 years, providing a unique opportunity to view Kinmont’s evolution from early works of the late 1960s and ’70s to those following his reemergence in 2005.
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Volunteer Docent Orientation

di Rosa Galleries & Grounds


(photo: Israel Valencia)

Looking to get more involved in art? di Rosa is seeking motivated art lovers to lead public and school tours of our galleries and grounds.
Volunteer docents lead an average of two or more tours each month, representing di Rosa’s collection to thousands of visitors annually. No experience is required as full training and education in the art of Northern California is provided. Training is held over 14 consecutive Saturday mornings beginning on January 23. Volunteer benefits include opportunities to attend curator and artist presentations, field trips to Bay Area art venues and artists’ studios, and social gatherings.
Join us for our annual Volunteer Docent Orientation to learn more about becoming a docent at di Rosa while exploring the galleries and grounds.
Free; reservations required. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Education & Volunteer Manager Miki Hsu Leavey at 707-226-5991 x24 or by email.

Closing Reception & Conversation Robert Kinmont: Trying to understand where I grew up

Gatehouse Gallery


Robert Kinmont, “no shelter for the artist,” 2015. Copper and feathers, 42 x 40 x 40 in. (triangular prism). Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York.

Join us for a special closing celebration of Robert Kinmont: Trying to understand where I grew up featuring a conversation between di Rosa Curator Amy Owen and Michael Schwager, professor of Art History & Museum Studies and director of the University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University. Their discussion will explore the work on view in the context of Northern California conceptual art. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Robert Kinmont and learn more about his artistic practice while viewing the artist’s first solo Bay Area exhibition in over 45 years. The exhibition closes the following day, January 24.
$10 General / $5 Members
Free for di Rosa Docents & Volunteers
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Questions? Email us or call (707) 226-5991 x27

Opening Reception: Radical Landscapes

Gatehouse Gallery


Elizabeth Sims, In the Ninth Year, When the Gaze Became the Wall (Daruma), 2014. Graphite on paper, 48 x 30 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Join us for a complimentary wine reception celebrating the opening of Radical Landscapes.
The exhibition explores the work of a group of artists who mine their surrounding environments as both medium and muse to reflect on a range of larger concerns within the self and the world at large. Through photography, installation, drawing, painting, and video, these artists emphasize the history and power of landscape as a tool to question and find our place in the world.
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Radical Landscapes: Tasting Event with Amanda Eicher

Gatehouse Gallery

Amanda Eicher, Precursor (study), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Amanda Eicher, Precursor (study), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

In conjunction with the exhibition Radical Landscapes, artist Amanda Eicher will present a sensory tasting experience to explore how climate change might impact local agricultural practices and the taste of food and wine.
Eicher’s socially based practice engages audiences’ palates on explorations in food, specifically looking at how recent environmental shifts effect the food we eat and the wine we drink. Her long-term research project Precursor (2016), launched on the occasion of the exhibition and stemming from her collaborative work with the collective OPENrestaurant, investigates the surrounding Napa Valley landscape and engages with farmers and producers operating within it. The tasting event is inspired by stories uncovered by Eicher’s research.
Event schedule:
4 PM: Arrival and wine reception
4:30 PM: Amanda Eicher and guests present opening remarks and tasting notes, followed by the tasting
The first tasting explores grape growing in the region and the impact a warming climate has on the fruit’s transformation into wine. Eicher will present a menu of fruit, vegetables, bread, and local honey inspired by the projected tasting notes of shifting wine varietals.
The second tasting considers bees and the types of pollen they thrive on as flora and fauna respond to increasing temperatures in Northern California. The menu will be presented by Rob Keller from Boca Farms, who will host a pollen tasting and talk about his practice.
The third tasting looks at the premature ripening of fruit trees due to warming trends, like the apple trees at HomeFarm in Healdsburg. The menu will include a Shaker leap year cake, whose preparation is inspired by fluctuating harvest trends.
Please join us for this rare opportunity to experience the local environment through taste and participate in a dialogue about climate change and its effect on the natural landscape. Wine will be served and Radical Landscapes will also be on view.
$10 general / $5 members. Space is limited; advance tickets encouraged.
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Ned Kahn in Conversation

Gatehouse Gallery


Ned Kahn, Abyssal Storm, 2003. Steel, water, Plexiglas, and glass beads, 65 x 50 x 36 in. di Rosa collection, Napa. Photo: Israel Valencia

In conjunction with the exhibition Collection in Focus: Ned Kahn, the artist joins Renny Pritikin, chief curator of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, in conversation to discuss Kahn’s unique practice and methodology. Refreshments and Chardonnay will be served, courtesy of Silverpoint Cellars, Napa.
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About the Speakers:
Ned Kahn (b. 1960) has gained international prominence for his work combining art, science, and public space. Kahn worked as an apprentice to Frank Oppenheimer, the founder of San Francisco’s Exploratorium, during the 1980s and designed many notable exhibits for the institution. He has gone on to complete numerous public commissions around the world, including recent large-scale public projects in Fort Worth, Texas, and Perth, Australia. His Bay Area installations include Wind Portal (2003), installed in the Bart station at San Francisco Airport, Digitized Field (2004), adorning the side of the AT&T building in downtown Santa Rosa, and Erratic Fence (2014), atop the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. He is currently working on a new piece for the Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco, set to open in fall 2017. Kahn is a 2003 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s genius grant. He lives and works in Sebastopol, CA.
Renny Pritikin has been a leading figure in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community for decades. His previous positions include serving as co-director of New Langton Arts in San Francisco from 1979 to 1992, chief curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 1992 to 2004, and director of the Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection at the University of California, Davis from 2004 until 2012. He was appointed chief curator of The Contemporary Jewish Museum in 2014.