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Current Exhibitions

 

 
Gayle Garner Roski: Journey to the Titanic
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
November 14, 2020 - October 24, 2021
Gayle Garner Roski
Gayle Garner Roski

Painting inside of the MIR I submersible 12,500 feet below the surface.

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I'm afraid
I'm afraid

by Gayle Garner Roski

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The treasures on the way home
The treasures on the way home

by Gayle Garner Roski

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Gayle Garner Roski
Gayle Garner Roski

Painting inside of the MIR I submersible 12,500 feet below the surface.

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In 2000, Gayle Garner Roski had the opportunity to explore the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean to visit the haunting remains of the RMS Titanic. Aboard the MIR I submersible 12,500 feet below the surface, she became the first artist to paint the notorious ship from life. Journey to the Titanic is the first public display of the watercolors that document her journey to the bottom of the sea, poignantly revealing the power that the Ship of Dreams still holds today.

 

The late Los Angeles artist Roski used watercolors to share exciting accounts of her exploits in remote locales from around the globe. Her paintings tenderly reveal more than

simple documentation though. “I love watercolors because they have a way of being unpredictable,” she once explained, “and yet they can transform us by taking an instant of time and holding it still, so that we may reflect on it and be moved by it.” Through the pages of her sketchbook diary, Roski descended into the depths to bring the thrill of adventure and the humanity of Titanic back to the surface.

 
Titanic: Real Artifacts, Real People, Real Stories
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
John and Hasmik Mgrdichian Gallery
October 17, 2020 - February 13, 2022
Titanic in Southhampton
Titanic in Southhampton

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Deck of the Titanic
Deck of the Titanic

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Exhibition Case
Exhibition Case

Plaques from lifeboat #2 and #12 have been brought together for the first time since 1912. From the Collection of Rick Springfield and the Collection of Tony and Ingrid Probst

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Titanic in Southhampton
Titanic in Southhampton

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The drama of the RMS Titanic's maiden voyage haunts history with its dualities of ambition and failure, opulence and oppression, tragedy and hope. Through artifacts, images and personal belongings, Titanic shares the stories of the individuals from that fateful crossing and offers viewers an opportunity to touch the lives of those who set sail on the "unsinkable" ship. 

Click here for a virtual tour by our Director of Exhibitions Johnny Sampson and to view the gallery guide, a digital glimpse into the exhibition.

Sponsored by The Offield Family, Patricia Grace Steele, Steven C. Schreiner Family, Jim and Joyce Brown, John Hinchliffe, Lay Famly Fund, Ann and Steve Hinchliffe, Alison Wrigley-Rusack and Geoffrey Claflin Rusack, The Bombard Family, The Bloeser Family, Roy Rose, Metropole Hotel and Marketplace, Ritch and Kathy Haynes, K.C. and Randy Boelsems, Polk Read Enterprise Services, Kellie and Gary Johnson, Catalina Taxi and Tours, IEX Helicopters and Janice Hahn - Los Angeles County Supervisor, 4th District 

 
Soot and Water: Gyotaku Records of Catalina
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
Artists' Plaza Gallery
June 2020 - September 19, 2021
Artist Dwight Hwang
Artist Dwight Hwang

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Striped Marlin
Striped Marlin

by Dwight Hwang

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Fish with Kelp
Fish with Kelp

Artist Dwight Hwang

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Artist Dwight Hwang
Artist Dwight Hwang

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Conceived in mid-19th century Japan as a way to record impressive fishing catches, gyotaku prints are sublime tributes to the struggle, and the respect, between man and the denizens of the deep. As one of the few artists practicing the traditional Japanese methods involving sumi and washi (ink and paper), Dwight Hwang's remarkable works reveal a tenderness and reverence for both the fish he is immortalizing and the legacy of the gyotaku craft.

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The History of Catalina Island
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
Grindstone Foundation Galleries
William Wrigley Jr. Gallery
Permanent Installation

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From the island's discovery some 8,000 years ago to William Wrigley's purchase of the island and the rise of Avalon as Hollywood's favorite vacation spot, Catalina Island has a history that is rich in events and personalities, including the island's connection to the Chicago Cubs, its role in World War II, and much more. For the first time, the history of Santa Catalina is told in detail. Designed specifically to accommodate the hundreds of artifacts and photographs in the Catalina Island Museum's archive, the William Wrigley Jr. Gallery permanently exhibits Catalina Island's unique history.