Bedford Gallery’s 2018-19 season focuses on visually stunning artworks that explore topics on the forefront of cultural, political, and artistic conversations such as environmentalism, consumerism, and cultural traditions.
Portia Munson: Her World/Her RoomSeptember 30 – December 16
Her World/Her Room features prints, video, paintings, and installations by New York artist Portia Munson, who approaches environmental and cultural themes from a feminist perspective. At the center of the exhibition is a large installation titled Pink Room, consisting of thousands of discarded pink objects. Pink Room is a visual overload of products that were created to appeal specifically to women and girls, representing mass seduction and consumption.
Altered StatesJanuary 13 – March 24, 2018
Guest curated by Heather Marx, Altered States features artists across generations living and working along the California coast who harness natural elements or the environment to create their artwork. The artists work in a wide range of media and share a passion for creating art that is about process and reclamation. This exhibition highlights the natural cycles of our complex environment and offers patrons an opportunity to slow down and reflect on how we are all interconnected by the sun, mood, air, and tides.
Tradition InterruptedApril 11 – June 23
Tradition Interrupted explores the methods used by artists to conflate contemporary ideas with traditional art and craft in a range of media, from rugs and quilts to metal and ceramic. Merging the age-old with innovation, artists are re-visioning culturally historic ideas to create hybrid images or objects that interrupt traditional practice but still collaborate with the past. After hundreds, sometimes thousands of years of crafting and creating, many traditional practices continue to hold center stage and visually define a culture. Today artists are unraveling certain traits and facets of these age-old customs to redefine or reclaim them for our contemporary world.
After its debut at the Bedford Gallery, Tradition Interrupted will travel nationally.
BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art
July 14 – September 15
In response to the popularity of our 2015 exhibition BLOW UP, Bedford Gallery is excited to present a second exhibition of inflatable art. BLOW UP II explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms. BLOW UP II will feature large-scale artworks by a roster of internationally renowned artists not before seen at the Bedford.
BLOW UP II will travel nationally after its debut at the Bedford Gallery.