2019-20 Season

Bedford Gallery’s 2019-20 season focuses on thought-provoking, artistic subjects that explore universal ideas from a diverse range of perspectives. Throughout the season is a common theme of timelessness; the topics concerning each exhibition in this years’ season have captured the attention of humankind since the beginning of time. By bringing these age-old obsessions into the current moment, the Bedford provokes conversations and experiences rich in historic tradition.


Off Menu: Contemporary Art About Food

October 6 – December 15, 2019


Off Menu_James Ostrer

For centuries, artists have used food in their work to define global cultures, traditions and lifestyles. From luxurious still life Renaissance paintings to Pop Art, food tells the story of how we live and what motivates us. Celebrated with passion, humor and irony, food art genres range from surreal to hyperreal. And it’s not all swirls and sprinkles; throughout history, artists have used depictions of food to address issues of family, nutrition, and social concerns such as famine and politics. Off Menu is anchored by a traveling exhibition titled Les Diners de Gala, comprised of twelve fine art prints by Salvador Dalí. Featuring an international roster of artists who work in a range of media to depict the objects of our culinary desire, the exhibition contains a healthy portion of aesthetic sustenance!

Artists include: Salvador Dalí, Wayne Thiebaud, Kenny Scharf, Ed Bing Lee, Cara Brown, Christopher Chiappa, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, Sharon Core, Jennifer Coates, Guy Diehl, Emily Eveleth, Jenne Giles, Derrick Guild, Valerie Hegarty, Eric Hibit, Richard Hickam, Sam Kaplan, Jae Yong Kim, Tamara Kostianovsky, Jenna Kuiper, Roni Landa, Joanne Leonard, Judith Linhares, Raoul Middleman, Victoria Mimiaga, Minimiam, James Ostrer, Spenser Jordan Palmer, Martha Rich, Martin Roller, Ruth Santee, Beverly Shipko, Lucy Stark, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers, Jeanne Vadeboncoeur, Camila Valdez, Dennis Wojtkiewicz.

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The Great Wave: Contemporary Art About the Ocean

Guest Curated by Ann Trinca

January 12 – March 22, 2020

Great Wave_Liz Hickok

 Artists through the ages have looked to the ocean in all its majesty and terror for clues about the planet’s future. This group exhibition features contemporary artists who live near the coast, and whose work immerses us in a watery drama. Organized
by longtime Bay Area curator Ann Trinca, this show finds inspiration in the work of Japanese ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai’s ubiquitous woodblock print The Great Wave. The Great Wave is recognizable across cultures as a symbol of the
unpredictable power of the ocean. Using this historic piece as a jumping off point, the artists in the exhibition explore the ocean as a source of mystery and strength.

Artists include: Brandon Anderton, Tess Felix, Peter Hassen, Liz Hickok (and collaborators (and collaborators Jamie Banes and Phil Spitler), Hughen/Starkweather, Luc Janssens, Josh Keyes, Richard and Judith Lang, Courtney Mattison, Allison Watkins and Angela Willetts.

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Bird, Nest, Nature

July 12 – October 18, 2020Birds_David TombBird, Nest, Nature is a juried and invitational exhibition featuring a roster of local and national artists. Birds have captured the attention of humankind since the beginning of time. The earliest evidence of our love of birds can be found in cave drawings that reflect all that we cherish in nature from flora to fauna. Birdsongs and birdcalls, incorporated into artworks and compositions for hundreds of years, still inspire contemporary artists today. With their exquisite coloring, stunning tufts of feathers, distinctive silhouettes and graceful flight patterns, birds entice us to look up and marvel. The interest endures from the indomitable and historic artist John James Audubon to contemporary artists such as Walton Ford and Fred Tomaselli.

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A Beautiful Mess: Weavers and Knotters of the Vanguard

Update: Due to the ongoing shelter in place mandate, A Beautiful Mess has been postponed until April 9 – June 21, 2021

Beautiful Mess_Kirsten Hassenfeld

From micro artworks the size of your hand to mammoth room-sized installations, the national roster of artists in A Beautiful Mess push the boundaries of their textile-based medium. Using rope, yarn, clay and wire, this group of conceptual artists knot and twist their media into sculptures that range from minimal and hyper-organized to utter pandemonium. They explore personal and political ideals — order and chaos to the extreme — and freely break the rules to create their beautiful artworks. Serious about making a strong cultural and intellectual impact, this group deftly weaves their message into works that demonstrate extraordinary technical skill.

Artists include: Windy Chien, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Dana Hemenway, Hannah Perrine Mode, Liz Robb, Meghan Shimek, Lisa Solomon and Jacqueline Surdell.

Images & info here.