Current Exhibitions


Titanic: Real Artifacts, Real People, Real Stories
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building
John and Hasmik Mgrdichian Gallery
October 17, 2020 - September 26, 2021

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 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 - 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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Fish with Kelp

Artist Dwight Hwang