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Bakersfield Museum of Art to unveil new Winter exhibitions

Posted at 5:28 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 16:05:01-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Thursday evening the Bakersfield Museum of Art will be unveiling their Winter 2020 exhibitions. After a brief transition period, the museum is back in full force, with new material in all of their showrooms.

The museum is sporting three new California-based exhibitions, all with different themes.

"We continue to try to stimulate the community with the level of art that we are bringing in. And not just the creatives, but our hope is that families and people from all different walks of life can come to the museum and find something that they are inspired by," said Rachel Magnus, the museum's curator.

The first exhibit, dubbed 'One Night in California,' features Contemporary Nocturnes, which are pieces of art created at night.

"California is known for, especially in the art world and beyond, its experimentation and innovation. And the realm of contemporary or nocturne painting is no different than that," Magnus said.

Meanwhile, the museum is also bringing out a new exhibition focused around its own permanent collection.

"Permanent collection means that that work lives at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. It's been slowly amassed over our 60-year history, and part of our role is to make sure that that collection stays relevant," Magnus said.

And they're doing that with this winter's theme of 'texture.' In art, texture is the visual and physical perception of a piece. Magnus says the exhibition explores how texture is used, and alluded to while viewing a painting, whether it be in two dimensions or three.

The third exhibition features some of the most iconic black and white photos taken in the past century. The photos were collected by two local sisters.

In order to show off all their new art, the museum is holding a special opening reception Thursday evening.

\"We'll be celebrating all three of these new exhibitions. It is our Winter 2020 opening which will begin at 7 o'clock. We'll be open from 7 to 9 to the public," Magnus said.

The event is $10 for the general public, $5 for students, and free to museum members. Their regular business hours will resume on Friday.