In Focus: Ansel Adams
Feb
21
to Sep 4

In Focus: Ansel Adams

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This exhibition is about the art of photography and the transformative impact an artist can have on an individual and society. In Lawrence Janss’ exquisite collection of Adams works, visitors will encounter the most popular landscape photographs in history.

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Kelly "RISK" Graval - Solo Exhibition
May
9
to Sep 4

Kelly "RISK" Graval - Solo Exhibition

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Writing under the pseudonym RISK, Graval rose to prominence as the originator of a bright, colorful, west coast graffiti style. He pioneered “hitting up the heavens” and tagging freight trains to spread his name across the country. By the early 90’s, RISK could be seen all over Los Angeles. Steeped in the commercialism of American culture, success and fame were synonymous for a young Graval.

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How to Read a Neon Sign: Adventures in Saving and Preserving LA's Neon with the Museum of Neon Art
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

How to Read a Neon Sign: Adventures in Saving and Preserving LA's Neon with the Museum of Neon Art

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Journey with neon historian and Museum of Neon Art board member, Eric Lynxwiler, as we hit the streets of Los Angeles in search of bright and brilliant neon signs. The importance of these cultural artifacts will be reviewed in an ultimate attempt to read and understand the neon of the American roadside.

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Special Live Performance with Ricky Medina - #hiphopcypher
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Special Live Performance with Ricky Medina - #hiphopcypher

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Join CMATO on Saturday, August 17, at 7:00 PM for a special live performance celebrating Kelly "Risk" Graval's solo exhibition and the four pillars of hip hop! A fusion of dance, spoken word and cypher challenges, #hiphopcypher is a music and dance journey that explores the longstanding relationship between graffiti art and hip-hop. Professional and local dancers will perform, led by Ricky Medina, adjunct professor of theater arts, California Lutheran University.

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Set against the brilliant and dazzling neon lights of Risk's graffiti and mixed-media exhibit, #hiiphopcypher highlights the key aspects of hip hop -- DJ, MC, break dancers and graffiti art -- and traces the role of graffiti within the ethos of hip-hop culture. It's an evening of hip-hop beats, vie and inventiveness unlike anything else! Following the performance, test your own hip-hop dance skills or watch and support others during this high-energy, participatory event!


Admission is free; a $5 donation is suggested:

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Mandala Mindfulness Workshop Series
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Mandala Mindfulness Workshop Series

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CMATO will present a series of mandala-making workshops with our friends at the Santa Paula Art Museum Led by art therapist and yoga instructor, Lynne Okun, “Mandala Mindfulness” will guide participants in the ancient practice of intricate pattern-making to deepen connections to their surroundings and inner self.

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Mandala Mindfulness Workshop Series
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Mandala Mindfulness Workshop Series

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CMATO will present a series of mandala-making workshops with our friends at the Santa Paula Art Museum Led by art therapist and yoga instructor, Lynne Okun, “Mandala Mindfulness” will guide participants in the ancient practice of intricate pattern-making to deepen connections to their surroundings and inner self.

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Mandala Mindfulness Workshop Series
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Mandala Mindfulness Workshop Series

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CMATO will present a series of mandala-making workshops with our friends at the Santa Paula Art Museum beginning Saturday, July 27. Led by art therapist and yoga instructor, Lynne Okun, “Mandala Mindfulness” will guide participants in the ancient practice of intricate pattern-making to deepen connections to their surroundings and inner self.

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Jazz Legend Don Randi and Quest  - Live at CMATO
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Jazz Legend Don Randi and Quest - Live at CMATO

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Don Randi and Quest! Don Randi is a composer, arranger, music director and keyboard musician. As part of the Wrecking Crew group of studio musicians, he has made hundreds of hit records in the 1960s and 1970s.Randi founded L.A.'s Baked Potato jazz club in 1970 and has released 20 jazz albums of his own, including the 1980 Grammy-nominated New Babyand 2013's Acoustimania.

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Fine Art in Black & White - Photography Workshop
Mar
23
3:00 PM15:00

Fine Art in Black & White - Photography Workshop

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Join CMATO for "Fine Art in Black & White", an exploration of the process of black and white photography and what goes into creating a stunning and timeless image Presented by recognized experts, Stephanie Hogue-Davis and John C. Lewis, this presentation addresses two of the most important but rarely discussed aspects of being a true photographic artist -- capturing and creating a fine print.

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Lessons from Ansel Adams
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Lessons from Ansel Adams

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Ansel Adams is one of the most acclaimed photographers of all time, but an equally important and enduring aspect of his legacy is that of a teacher and mentor to an entire generation of photographers including entrepreneur and philanthropist, Larry Janss.

Janss, whose personal collection of Adams' iconic black-and-white vistas comprises CMATO's newest exhibition, began as a student of Adams but would quickly establish a partnership and lifelong friendship, assisting the renowned photographer with numerous projects throughout the course of Adams' life.

Janss will share stories of his time spent working with Adams, including accompanying the artist on his final trip to Yosemite and witnessing first-hand Adams' technical mastery of the photographic medium, with KCLU's Lance Orozco on Thursday, February 21, exclusively at CMATO.

Free for CMATO Members

$10 Non-Members

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Reptile Round Up!
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Reptile Round Up!

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Reptile Round Up with Southwestern Herpetologist Society

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (3PM - 5PM)

at CMATO - Main Gallery

Admission Free!

Go beyond the myths and discover the reality of reptiles at Reptile Round Up, a special education presentation from our friends at the Southwestern Herpetologists Society!

Meet a tortoise, pet a lizard and learn about the habit of these colorful and gentile reptiles, the threats they face and what you can do to conserve the habitats on which they depend.

Reptile Round Up takes place in CMATO’s main gallery alongside the paintings of Kevin Sloan, whose “A Collection of Rarities” exhibit echoes a contemporary environmental about humanity’s impact on the natural world.

Come learn how nature can inspire—-and even transform—-us!

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Circles of Support Member Event - Photo L.A.
Jan
31
to Feb 3

Circles of Support Member Event - Photo L.A.

Tony Vaccaro Courtesy of Monroe Gallery of Photography

Tony Vaccaro Courtesy of Monroe Gallery of Photography

Photo L.A. (https://www.photola.com/) at the Barker Hanger, Santa Monica runs from Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2019. This photography show --the longest running on the West Coast -- brings the best of the photography world to your doorstep with a collaborative platform that links dealers and collectors with galleries from around the globe. Internationally recognized, yet abundantly accessible, Photo L.A. cultivates connections between industry elite and up-and-coming talent alike. This year’s edition honors CMATO’s very own featured photographer, Jo Ann Callis (Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era?)

 As a Circle of Support member, you are a Platinum VIP which entitles you and one guest to the following:

  • First look privilege and opportunity to view art before the general public  (Thursday, Jan 31, 5-6 pm)

  • Opening Night Premiere Party complimentary admission (Thursday, Jan 31, 6-9 pm)

  • Access to Private VIP Vernissage on Saturday, February 2 (10-11am)

  • Special Curated Tour on Saturday, February 2 (12:30pm – 1:30pm)

  • One complimentary show catalog

  

Circles of Support Information:

Circles of Support is an essential component of the museum’s success and includes membership in our 2019 Circles of Support, a select group that represents CMATO’s strongest and most dedicated philanthropic supporters.

Member privileges encompass engaging cultural and social events, including special access to private collections and studio visits with contemporary artists, and invitations to members-only exhibition previews and evening receptions. Members of the Chairman’s and Director’s Circle will also attend a private reception that will feature a 2019 State of the Museum update by our Chairman, Tony Principe.

I hope you will join us in making CMATO both a major art destination as well as a fun and engaging personal experience! 

Thank you for supporting the dynamic exhibitions, events and programs that bring our mission to life.


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Circles of Support Member Event - LA Art Show
Jan
23
to Jan 27

Circles of Support Member Event - LA Art Show

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 Circle of Support Members:

The Los Angeles Art Fair season is fast approaching and we are delighted to be able to provide our Circle of Support members exclusive VIP access to the hottest shows Los Angeles has to offer.

 LA Art Show (laartshow.com), at the LA Convention Center, runs from Jan. 23 – 27, 2019. This mega-show is the largest of the LA art fairs and features modern and contemporary works from more than 100 galleries around the world displayed in over 200,000-square-feet of exhibition space.

 As a Circle of Support member, you are a VIP Red Card Guest which entitles you to the following: 

  •  Invitation to Special Collectors’ Preview 

  • Opening Night Premiere Party complimentary admission

  • First look privilege and opportunity to view and purchase art before the general public

  • One complimentary show catalog (while supplies last, valued at $25)

  • Invitation to parties and events reserved for VIPs

  • Access to CITIGOLD VIP Lounge during regular show days and hours

  • Unlimited admission to the LA Art Show during regular show days and hours

To get your VIP Red Card, please email Florencia Glas at fglas@cmato.org

 

Circles of Support Information:

Circles of Support is an essential component of the museum’s success and includes membership in our 2019 Circles of Support, a select group that represents CMATO’s strongest and most dedicated philanthropic supporters.

Member privileges encompass engaging cultural and social events, including special access to private collections and studio visits with contemporary artists, and invitations to members-only exhibition previews and evening receptions. Members of the Chairman’s and Director’s Circle will also attend a private reception that will feature a 2019 State of the Museum update by our Chairman, Tony Principe.

I hope you will join us in making CMATO both a major art destination as well as a fun and engaging personal experience! 

Thank you for supporting the dynamic exhibitions, events and programs that bring our mission to life.

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Wild Wonders  - Family Program
Jan
13
1:00 PM13:00

Wild Wonders - Family Program

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Family Program at CMATO

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Come up close and meet exotic animals under the watchful eyes of zoo keepers (some in training!) from Moorpark Teaching Zoo.

Visitors will have an opportunity to meet and interact with an array of furry friends at “Wild Wonders,” a special wildlife “meet and greet” presented in conjunction with Moorpark Teaching Zoo - one of the only two teaching zoos in the nation.

Visitors can get up close with the Zoo’s animal ambassadors and learn about the habits and characteristics of these amazing creatures in addition to animal ecology, adaptations and endangered species. This fun and interactive family program engages audiences about the wonders of our earth and the animals with whom we share it.

Free For Everyone!

“Wild Wonders” complements the ecologically-conscious works of artist Kevin Sloan, whose “A Collection of Rarities” exhibition, now on view at CMATO, explores the intersection of humanity, nature and wildlife in the modern era.

Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program was established as a major at Moorpark College in 1974. In 1990, the EATM Compound was moved to its current location, on a 5 acre site overlooking all of the Moorpark College campus. Animal enclosures were built, and new enclosures are always being constructed. The animal collection has gradually increased over the years as animals were acquired through donations and breeding loans from major zoos and research centers. This extraordinary collection has included exotic animals ranging from Marmosets to an Asian Elephant, Leopard Geckos to Alligators, Turacos to Emus. We currently have a Bengal Tiger, African Lioness, Spotted Hyena, Mountain Lions, a wide variety of Primates, Birds, and many, many other exotic and endangered animals. New animals are continuously being acquired, as space arises.

As the animal collection grew, so did the program. New courses were developed and enrollment increased. The present animal collection, is maintained on a five-acre facility on the Moorpark College campus called  "America's Teaching Zoo".

Students in the Exotic Animal Training and Management program are required to be at America's Teaching Zoo most days, including weekends when we are open to the public. This requirement is in addition to the long hours and days spent working with and caring for the animals, and attending classes. Our Zoo has about 130 different animals at any time, and the students are responsible for most of the care, feeding and well-being of the animals, under close faculty and staff supervision. Responsibility is a key commitment to this program. Graduates of the EATM program are working all over the world, in many different situations involving animals. They are training dolphins and other marine mammals, doing conservation work, training animals for television and films, working at zoos and theme parks, and many other animal jobs.

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Rich Reitzell on California Impressionism
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Rich Reitzell on California Impressionism

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William Wendt, Old Coast Road

William Wendt, Old Coast Road

The CMATO Council Proudly Presents:

Come learn about the early Twentieth century Impressionist movement in Southern California that helped define and establish a national awareness of the emergence of California and in particular, Los Angeles and Southern California. The art of the early California Impressionists continues to be popular today among collectors and art lovers, as well as those who appreciate and enjoy the beauty and unspoiled scenes of early southern California scenery, or revel in nostalgic glimpses of a long-forgotten landscape. Reitzell will discuss the evolution of California impressionism, the major artists of the time, share the vibrancy and impact of the movement, and highlight important paintings of the time.


CMATO Members: Free

Non-Members: $20

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A Year with Betty Gold - Private Screening
Jan
6
7:00 PM19:00

A Year with Betty Gold - Private Screening

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Meet Betty Gold

and

film director, Jason McMerty.

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) will host a private screening of "A Year With Betty Gold," a documentary feature film showcasing the life of the internationally renowned abstract sculptor and painter.

The screening takes place at CMATO alongside Gold's paintings and sculptures and will feature a Q&A with Gold and the film's director, Jason McMerty.

A former Miss Texas, Gold blazed a trail for female artists, emerging as a bona fide pioneer in the male-dominated field of large scale sculpture, with a body of work that spans more than 35 years. She has shown in more than 135 solo and group exhibitions and her work is found in both museums and prominent public and private art collections worldwide.

"A Year With Betty Gold" chronicles the 83 year-old artist's fascinating life story, from her early days as a beauty queen through  the recent installations of her metal sculptures around the world.

Admission is free for CMATO members and $10 for non-members.

Screening takes place surrounded by Betty Gold’s work - part of CMATO’s permanent collection.

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PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon
Jan
6
3:00 PM15:00

PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon

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Kevin Sloan,  Modern Blindness

Kevin Sloan, Modern Blindness

MODERN BLINDNESS

By Jennifer Kelley

 The bird hasn’t heard the word of the flame,

She’s hidden behind grandma’s flowers,

choosing darkness over light.


And how like the masses she is today,

embracing modern blindness,

choosing truthiness over truth.

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Join us for PoeTea - a Sunday afternoon that blends poetry and art during an tea service in the main gallery exhibition of Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities.

Join poets from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as they read their their response to the art of Kevin Sloan.

A tea service with delicious pastries and finger sandwiches will be served during the readings with a discussion afterwards.


Sponsored by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf!



More about poetry in the exhibition:

Over the past several months, this collective effort has relied upon the generosity of the artistic spirit, and a recognition of the important themes explored in Kevin Sloan’s paintings to create what critic, Carmine Starnino calls the “perfected expression of a sensibility in language”.

Ekphrastic poetry is a long-practiced literary form—art inspired by art—in which writers, undeterred and, sometimes, overwhelmed by the ineffable or, sometimes, searing emotions conjured by the visual arts, (re)turn to language to convey what had, until then, escaped expression on the page. Poets, just as painters, are generally known for their ability to pay attention to the smallest details while keeping in mind a larger message. Writers harness the power of descriptive language, or what the beloved poet, Mary Oliver, calls “the language of particulars” expressed in imagery and through the linguistic strategies of metaphor, simile, allusion and personification. And, though I am not a visual artist, it seems to me that painters rely on similar strategies to convey their messages, to evoke emotion and to inspire deep reflection. 



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