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Current Exhibitions

 

 
Esther Williams: The Swimming Queen of the Silver Screen
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
Artists' Plaza Gallery
September 6, 2019 - March 8, 2020

Esther Williams dazzled movie audiences around the world in her aqua-musical films. This exhibition chronicles Williams’ life from humble beginnings to her success as a champion athlete, a major Hollywood celebrity and an entrepreneur. Imagery from Jupiter’s Darling filmed on the island will be highlighted in this exhibition which also includes movie memorabilia, costumes, photographs and never-before-seen personal home movies. 

 
Elizabeth Turk: Tipping Point
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
Artists' Plaza and Schreiner Family Plaza
April 2019 - March 2020

MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship Awardee Elizabeth Turk began working on the Tipping Point exhibition in the Fall of 2018 during a month-long open studio/live exhibition with Tyler Stallings at Orange Coast College. Highlighting various attributes of this continent's birds, Turk developed an alphabet of symbols. Using these unique symbols, she explores the greater concept – Extinction. The sound columns - "Echoes of Extinction" - juxtapose the ephemeral with the eternal. Inspired by recordings of extinct birds (cataloged by the Ornithology Lab at Cornell University) Turk created evocative sculptural forms. The metal maze laced with imagery cut to create beautiful interactive moments.

Where the audience becomes both victim and aggressor in the fate of our planet. The interactive moments become even more dramatic when illuminated after dark. 

"Extinction as a concept, event as a conversation, overwhelms us so deeply, we remain silent. Tipping Point is an artwork created to open this sensitive topic, without conclusions, only respect for a natural world much larger than we are."   - Elizabeth Turk

Sponsored by Tod and Linda White

View photos and videos from the official opening Tipping Point; Are We Creating a Silence? ThinkLab LIVE .003 held on Saturday, July 13, 2019. 

 
Wrigley's Catalina: A Centennial Celebration
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
John and Hasmik Mgrdichian Gallery
February 16, 2019 - January 19, 2020

This special exhibition commemorates William Wrigley Jr. and the execution of his vision for Catalina Island - especially during his first year of ownership: 1919.  From selling lots to residents, building new homes, shops, hotels, infrastructure and utilities, to improving industry such as mining, production of furniture and building supplies to transportation, the addition of a professional sports team and more, Wrigley’s achievements exemplify his devotion to Catalina Island, its residents and visitors.  The exhibition reveals his remarkable and ambitious plan using photographs, letters, original documents, plans, blueprints, maps, steamship artifacts, advertisements,

tools and objects relating to the various projects and industries.  The exhibition also offers patrons a rare angle from the inside of the operation, infused with Wrigley’s energy, integrity, and unique jovial spirit. A number of items, such as the Wrigley family Bible, have never before been exhibited.  

Inspired by the generosity and passion of William Wrigley Jr., we are offering Free Gum for Everyone! Each member visit or paid admission will receive a free stick of Wrigley's Gum as they exit the museum through the end of the exhibition. 

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

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.

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Million Dollar Mermaid

Esther Williams starred in the film "Million Dollar Mermaid" in 1952