Monthly Archives: February 2019

Viola Frey: Center Stage

Gallery 2

Viola Frey, Untitled (Nude Woman Lying on Man), 1985. 2019 © Artists’ Legacy Foundation / Licensed by ARS, New York.  Photo: M. Lee Fatherree

A fiercely independent artist up to her passing in 2004, Viola Frey is perhaps most widely known for her larger than life figurative ceramic sculptures. This exhibition offers a long overdue opportunity to trace the artist’s career through a chronological progression of work spanning five decades in a range of media, many of which have never been shown publicly. The artist’s wide-ranging interests across identity, class, culture, consumerism, environmental issues, and most notably, an undeniable undercurrent of a feminist statement that placed women at the fore, parallel many of the most pressing issues of our day. What is revealed is a fresh overview of an artist working far ahead of her time.

The exhibition marks the artist’s first major institutional survey on the West Coast since 1981 and includes over 100 works of art in ceramic, painting, drawing, photography, and bronze, offering a unique opportunity to present this important body of work to a new generation. Monumental ceramic works including The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization(1992) and China Goddess Group(1979-81) will be shown alongside early works from the 1960s and ‘70s for the first time, presenting an unprecedented look at the artist’s thinking and process. This large-scale presentation will occupy di Rosa’s 8,500-square-foot Gallery 2 exhibition space marking the first time the gallery has been devoted to the work of a single artist. The exhibition draws from a mix of di Rosa’s extensive holdings with generous loans from Artists’ Legacy Foundation and private collections.

Viola Frey was born in Lodi, California in 1933, and died in Oakland in 2004. She received her BFA and an honorary doctorate from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and attended graduate school at Tulane University in New Orleans. She was awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and received the Award of Honor in Sculpture from the Arts Commission of San Francisco, as well as many other grants and awards. Frey’s work is held in numerous public and private collections worldwide.

Viola Frey: Center Stage has been curated by Amy Owen in conjunction with Artists’ Legacy Foundation, Oakland, California. www.artistslegacyfoundation.org.

Major Support is provided by Artists’ Legacy Foundation and Dana Simpson-Stokes and Ken Stokes. Additional support is provided by Blow Up Lab and di Rosa’s Patrons Circle.

 

Learn more:

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interACTIVE

Napa County Library Main Branch
Free

Presented in partnership with the Napa County Library, interACTIVE is a free intergenerational workshop series for adults that engages with the artworks and themes from di Rosa’s exhibition Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection (on view March 9 – December 29, 2019). Each week the group will discuss a topic from the exhibition and respond by creating their own artwork to be displayed at the library. Participants will also receive guest passes to di Rosa to view the exhibition.

All skill levels are welcome and participants are invited to join all of the workshops in the series or the dates of their choosing. The workshop is facilitated by a di Rosa educator and all materials are provided. Registration will be open this summer.

 

 

interACTIVE

Napa County Library Main Branch
Free

Presented in partnership with the Napa County Library, interACTIVE is a free intergenerational workshop series for adults that engages with the artworks and themes from di Rosa’s exhibition Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection (on view March 9 – December 29, 2019). Each week the group will discuss a topic from the exhibition and respond by creating their own artwork to be displayed at the library. Participants will also receive guest passes to di Rosa to view the exhibition.

All skill levels are welcome and participants are invited to join all of the workshops in the series or the dates of their choosing. The workshop is facilitated by a di Rosa educator and all materials are provided. Registration will be open this summer.

 

 

interACTIVE

Napa County Library Main Branch
Free

Presented in partnership with the Napa County Library, interACTIVE is a free intergenerational workshop series for adults that engages with the artworks and themes from di Rosa’s exhibition Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection (on view March 9 – December 29, 2019). Each week the group will discuss a topic from the exhibition and respond by creating their own artwork to be displayed at the library. Participants will also receive guest passes to di Rosa to view the exhibition.

All skill levels are welcome and participants are invited to join all of the workshops in the series or the dates of their choosing. The workshop is facilitated by a di Rosa educator and all materials are provided. Registration will be open this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

In Conversation: Robin Bernhard, Rowan Geiger, and Cynthia De Bos; moderated by di Rosa curator Amy Owen Stewarding a Legacy: The Care and Conservation of Viola Frey’s Work

Gallery 2
$10 general / $5 members

Take a behind the scenes look at the care, conservation and stewardship of Viola’s Frey’s remarkable work ranging from her earlier intimate explorations in clay, bronze, painting, and drawing to her monumental figurative ceramic sculptures. Viola Frey: Center Stage is Frey’s largest assembly of works on the West Coast since 1981, including many objects never before seen by the public. This panel explores the challenges and range of expertise required to gather this unprecedented exploration of Frey’s oeuvre and legacy.

About the panelists:

Robin Bernhard is Exhibitions and Collections Manager at di Rosa and brings over 20 years of experience in the field from past positions at the University of California Davis, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art.  She received her training in preservation studies, art collection management and care of collections from the International Preservation Studies Center in Illinois.

Rowan Geiger, director and principal conservator of SF Art Conservation, holds a Masters Degree in conservation from the Royal College of Art, London and has over 20 years of experience in the field. In addition to three years in studio training at the Victoria and Museum, London, she has held staff positions at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Stanford University Libraries, and was Head of Conservation at SFO Museum.

Cynthia de Bos is the Director of Collections and Archives at the Artists’ Legacy Foundation. Since 2009, she has held positions at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, and The Jay DeFeo Foundation, among others. Since joining Artists’ Legacy Foundation in 2013, de Bos has organized and expanded access to the Viola Frey Archives and acted as project manager for the Viola Frey Digital Catalogue Raisonné project. As Director of Collections and Archives, she oversees exhibition planning, scholarship, and public programming for Legacy Artist Viola Frey, as well as other Legacy building projects.

Viola Frey (Hand Holding Vessels)

Viola Frey, Untitled (Hand Holding Vessels), ca. 1965-1968. © Artists’ Legacy Foundation/Licensed by ARS, New York

Community Open Studios / Haciendo Arte con Todos

Gallery 1 Patio

Focused on creativity and communal participation, visitors of all ages are encouraged to stop by and make something at the art stations arranged on the patio of Gallery 1. Education staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with the creative experience and non-toxic art supplies are provided (please do not bring your own materials).

Free. Drop-ins are encouraged.

Centrados en la creatividad y la participación comunitaria, se anima a los visitantes de todas las edades a pasar por aquí y hacer algo en las estaciones de arte organizadas en el patio de Galeria 1. Personal de educación y voluntarios estarán disponibles para ayudar con la experiencia creativa y se proporcionaran materiales de arte no tóxicos (por favor no traiga sus propios materiales).

Gratis. Reservación no necesaria.

Questions? Contact 707-226-5991 x24 or education@dirosaart.org.

Para más información póngase en contacto con hugo@dirosaart.org o hable al 707.226.5991 x 24.

di Rosa Community Open Studios

Community Open Studios / Haciendo Arte con Todos is made possible with support from the Five Arts Fund and the Napa Valley  Community Foundation.

interACTIVE

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Free

Presented in partnership with the Napa Valley Library, interACTIVE is a free intergenerational workshop series for adults that engages with the artworks and themes from di Rosa’s exhibition Viola Frey: Center Stage (on view February 23-December 29, 2019). Each week the group will discuss a topic from the exhibition and respond by creating their own artwork to be displayed at the library. Participants will also receive guest passes to di Rosa to view the exhibition.

All skill levels are welcome and participants are invited to join all of the workshops in the series or the dates of their choosing. The workshop is facilitated by a di Rosa educator and all materials are provided. Registration will be open this summer.