HERB BENHAM: Popping out of hibernation | Herb Benham
Final week was like an evening out and perhaps as a result of February was lovely. Sunny, cool, like spring has come early, however I assume with the almonds, pears, and plums blooming, spring at all times comes early within the valley it doesn’t matter what the calendar says.
“Coming-out social gathering” as a result of a small group of us, with the blessing of the best rating Bakersfield Museum of Artwork, had been capable of go to the brand new museum reveals that includes work by the artist from the figurative motion of the bay space, Linda Christensen, electrifying native artist Artwork Sherwyn and a group of Bakersfield Sound memorabilia have been saved (I am not loopy about that phrase as a result of individuals set up espresso, wine and muffins) by Rachel Magnus.
Give it some thought: when was the final time somebody went to a film? A live performance? On this case, a museum?
We love our public areas. Our public life. Our personal adornment, even when the adornment consists of masks, crumpled materials and hand sanitizer.
It is simple to take a cautious have a look at the museum expertise. Trendy, nearly. Small work? Why not the large ones, they’re simpler to see. The exhausting cement that may tip the museum customer to the benches in the course of the room after half an hour.
Nevertheless, the museum this go to was like an extended misplaced lover. You overlook what it is like to face in entrance of actually good artwork – apart from being blown away and entertained (thanks, Artwork), you end up tilting your head a sure manner and throwing up phrases. artwork historical past as should you had been specializing within the topic and doing an internship on the Louvre (“Notice the modeling which is used to upset the house”).
All you want is a beret, an easel and a picnic.
None of us had heard of Linda Christiansen or the painters of the Bay Space Figurative Motion, however you would not have identified by the way in which we frowned and stepped backwards and forwards. to regulate our perspective as if we had been on curler skates doing the artwork museum. hokey pokey.
After filling the forgotten locations of our souls with the magnificent oils of Christiansen, we entered the centre’s showroom, which housed the Bakersfield Sound exhibit that includes, amongst different issues, two Fender broadcasters – one which Buck Owens purchased Lewis Talley for $ 35 – images of Buck, Merle Haggard and Invoice Woods, costumes worn by Rose Maddox, Cousin Ebb and Herb Henson, a pair of crimson embellished black boots worn by Haggard with the inscription “Hag On the aspect, a steel-framed wood bench and telephone sales space from Trout’s and nice explanations of the place the labor camp music got here from and the big numbers of people that migrated west through the Mud Bowl
“It is an amazing story,” stated Bart Hill, former museum president and nation music fanatic.
It isn’t only a nice story, however a narrative that does not get previous irrespective of what number of instances you inform it or hear it.
The exhibit was slim, uncluttered, and exact. It was like music, no frills, no bloating violins within the background. Curator Magnus most likely may have stuffed each inch of the room’s house with Bakersfield Sound tchotchkes and made it seem like a Saturday morning storage sale, however as a substitute selected to pick fewer objects and depart house between them.
Area is nice. The house delimits one concept from the following and permits the museum customer, or reader (generally what you do not say is as essential as what you do), a chance to mirror and mirror on what has come. responsibility.
After Bakersfield Sound we hit the 2 rooms on the left with work by former Stockdale artwork trainer Artwork Sherwyn. I’ve at all times appreciated his stuff and he is greater than only a city man, that is an excellent factor; I used to be blown away by the standard of his work. This newest batch of paints is thoughts blowing and I imagine him when he says he paints 20 hours a day.
When the museum opens – Magnus says they’re prepared now however awaiting phrase from metropolis and county well being departments for his or her route – it may very well be a homecoming and a celebration of a world that like spring , will change from black and white coloration.
Within the meantime, earlier than the museum reopens, Magnus stated BMOA had partnered with Artland to “produce 3D renderings of the exhibition areas so the neighborhood can get a glimpse of what to anticipate after they go to.”
Herb Benham is a columnist for The Bakersfield Californian and might be reached at [email protected] or 661-395-7279.