Bakersfield Museum of Art presents exhibition with three galleries | Bakersfield life


The streets of Bakersfield presented through living works of art, the Bakersfield Sound evoked by costumes and songs, and paintings that express emotions and the human spirit are just some of the items that visitors can see in the Bakersfield Museum’s newest display cases of Art.

After a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BMoA is again open to the community with three exhibits: “The Bakersfield Sound: Roll Out the Red Carpet”, “Color + Figure, Paintings by Linda Christensen” and “Uncommon Perspective, paintings by Art Sherwyn. “

The exhibitions opened in February; However, the museum was not open to the public.

“Two of the four shows were scheduled to open at this point, but we kept pushing the Bakersfield Sound back because we knew we wanted to make sure it was open to the public,” said Rachel Magnus, BMoA curator.

“After reopening, the way these three exhibitions interact is really interesting in my opinion and really representative of what this museum has created in our over 60-year history. It celebrates something that is tied to our history and so much part of Bakersfield’s identity. … If with this knowledge we can empower the future of Bakersfield residents, it will be strong enough to create more positive self-awareness, ”added Magnus

The Bakersfield Sound exhibition brings together the rich musical history of artists such as Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Performance attire, guitars, and other memorabilia are on display. Not only does it tell the story of how it started, but how it shaped the genre of country music. It is a must for any country music fan.

As Linda Christensen’s first solo museum gallery, it draws on human emotions and experiences and shows women and many domestic scenes. Magnus calls Christensen a “master of colors”.

“I hope that it awakens something in them emotionally,” said Christensen of their work, and that they “find a place within themselves that they do not recognize”.

Part of their technique is painting big. Christensen noted that Georgia O’Keefe did this with her flowers in paintings, so it’s similar.

It is “so exciting and we are lucky to have it,” said Magnus of Christensen’s exhibition.

Finally, Art Sherwyn’s paintings of recognizable landmarks and streets of Bakersfield are narrated larger than life with bright colors that draw you into the experience of seeing life from Sherwyn’s perspective.

“There’s this nostalgia in art – we’ve walked these streets, we’ve seen these buildings. … The pattern tears you out of this pattern and the emotion, ”added Magnus.

What does Magnus hope people will take away from this gallery?

“The same thing I hope for every exhibition. The power of the arts is to get you out of your everyday life and enable you to see the world or to see and experience it from another person’s point of view, ”said Magnus.

That is exactly what these galleries do for visitors.

“Just the fact that we haven’t been in common public spaces for so long and then the realization that art has this incredible power to articulate things that a word can’t,” said Magnus.

“We see ourselves as guardians of the extraordinary works of art that we can show in the BMoA. These pieces really come to life when people can experience them in person. Now that we’re back to the public, we’re excited to share these experiences with our community. “

These galleries will remain open until August 28th. To see the latest exhibits and more, visit BMoA’s website at


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