Current Exhibitions


Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
John and Hasmik Mgrdichian Gallery
June 20, 2020 - September 27, 2020

This exhibition provides an intimate look at Frida Kahlo, Mexico’s most prolific and well-known female artist, through the photographic lens of her long-time friend and lover, Nickolas Muray. The photographs, dating from 1937 to 1946, explore Muray’s unique perspective; in the 1930s and 1940s he was Frida Kahlo's friend, lover and confidant. Muray's photographs bring to light Kahlo's deep interest in her Mexican heritage, her life and the people significant to her with whom she shared a close friendship.

Generously Sponsored by:

Friends of the Museum, Schreiner Family

Kellie and Gary Johnson

This traveling exhibition has been organized through the Nickolas Muray Archives and is circulated by GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Soot and Water: Gyotaku Records of Catalina
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
Artists' Plaza Gallery
June 2020 - November 1, 2020

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.

Sponsored by

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

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. 

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.

© 2020 by Catalina Island Museum

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