2017-18 Season

Exploration of American history has put culture at the forefront of our national conversation. The Bedford Gallery’s 2017-18 season considers people and culture from the perspective of contemporary art, and delves into work that articulates our collective story and cultural portrait.

About Abstraction: Bay Area Women Painters

September 24 – December 17

Political conversations have turned a renewed spotlight on women and their power and influence on every corner of society, including the arts. In the spirit of discovery, this show celebrates 17 Bay Area women artists, emerging and established, who have worked in abstraction for years. This show provides a platform for their work that features precise, powerful lines, as well as gestural patterns. These paintings suggest a kinship with the Abstract Expressionist movement of 1940s SoHo and San Francisco.

Artists include Lorene Anderson, Eva Bovenzi, Donna Brookman, Heather Day, Amy Ellingson, Linda Geary, Rebekah Goldstein, Danielle Lawrence, Naomie Kremer, Michelle Mansour, Alicia McCarthy, Mel Prest, Cornelia Schulz, Ema Sintamarian, Michele Theberge, Canan Tolon.   

Images, artists, & info here.

Ned Kahn: Seed Vortex

January 11 – March 25, 2018

Opening Reception January 11, 6-8pm

Exploring the intersection of art and physics, Ned Kahn's enormous metal sculpture shifts a transient sea of tiny mustard seeds in a slow, constant, and captivating spin. Weighing thousands of pounds and spanning 24 feet in diameter, The Seed Vortex addresses life's puzzles: eternity, unity, chaos, and change.  A MacArthur fellow who lives and works in the Bay Area, Kahn has placed numerous public artworks around the world, including Wind Fins at Walnut Creek's Neiman Marcus. This solo show includes several other sculptures by Kahn, many of which are "hands-on" and participatory.

Images & info here.

Personal to Political:

Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press

April 15 – June 24

There is no singular way to address the conversation of race and representation in contemporary art. The artists of Personal to Political capture the personal narratives and political battles of African American artists across the country, reflecting a collective experience expressed in uniquely individual ways. In addition to numerous prints from Paulson Fontaine Press, this show includes paintings, sculptures, and quilts that include both narrative and abstract imagery. Paulson Fontaine Press has a long tradition of supporting both established and under-represented artists who, in their studio practice, work in a broad reach of media and conceptual approaches.

This exhibition features work by Kerry James Marshall, David Huffman, the Gee’s Bend Quilters, Radcliffe Bailey, and Lonnie Holley. 

Images, artists, & info here.

The World of Frida

July 8 – September 16

We celebrate the culture, style, and persona of visionary painter Frida Kahlo—an artist who continues to inspire with her story of love, adventure, and pain. The World of Frida weaves juried and invitational shows that reference the artist with a national, traveling photography exhibit titled Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray that makes a stop in Walnut Creek after traveling across North America. Hungarian-born Muray—who met Kahlo in a chance encounter in Mexico in 1931 and became her lover and friend—shot some of the most iconic color and black and white images of the artist that exist.

This exhibition has been organized by the Nickolas Muray Photo Archives and is circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions. 

Images & info here.