Musings | Fall/Winter 2021 Member Newsletter

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Monterey Museum of Art






Musings is a publication for Members of the Monterey Museum of Art.

Our Mission

The Monterey Museum of Art cultivates curiosity in the visual arts and engages community with the diversity of California art—past, present, and future.

Our Vision

The Monterey Museum of Art is a collaborative center where art and community engage.

Board of Trustees Adriana Hayward, Psy.D. President

Lila Thorsen, Ph.D. President Emerita

John A. Greenwald Treasurer

Judy Archibald Secretary

Chief Editor / Writer / Project Manager Stephanie Shepherd Art Director / Senior Designer Holly A. Temple Photography 2 Moss Media Carmel

Monika Campbell Tom Donnelly Kristen Huston John Mera Lisa Rheinheimer Ashley Stepien Tully Wiedman, M.D.

William G. Hyland Trustee Emeritus

Craig L. Johnson Trustee Emeritus

Photo: Moss Media Carmel

Special MMA La Mirada hours: Open Sundays, Through September 19, 2021 (11 am - 5 pm) If you haven’t seen it yet, visit the historic MMA La Mirada to view Ansel Adams Portraits: By and Of and get a rare first-hand look at the personal photographs, books, and mementos that were a part of Ansel Adams' life and legendary career as a conservationist, teacher, musician, and, above all—photographer. Each Sunday, a guest photographer will lead a Spotlight Tour of the exhibition at 1:00 pm. Visit for tickets and more information.

Cover Image Tom Nakashima, Tule Lake Jail for Ted, Mako and Family, 2021, graphite and mixed media on paper, 64 x 51 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Green Chalk Contemporary.


Photo: Moss Media Carmel

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From the Executive Director Dear MMA Members and Friends, A museum is a place for reflection. We come into these wonderful spaces looking for more than just painting or sculpture. We come to seek delight, hope, or consolation. We come seeking a greater understanding about what it means to be human. We come to find ourselves in Art. Artists also come to Art to find themselves. Art is their life’s journey. Art is their path of self-discovery. It is thought and action. It is identity. Philosophy. Politics. Testimony. Both artist and viewer see each other through a work of art. There is a human connection forged there in a work of art, as well as a potential for dialogue. Shadows from the Past: Sansei Artists and the American Concentration Camps opens September 9th, and I hope you will take advantage of the many panels and special events MMA is hosting to participate in the dialogue with the artists of this important show. Likewise, I hope you will contemplate Karen Halverson’s testimony about California’s landscape through her photographs in Karen Halverson: Trees, Chairs, and Power Lines. Finally, celebrate our community of artists and support MMA at the same time through our 28th Miniatures exhibition. We look forward to sharing the delight of this annual celebration of art and creativity with you beginning October 28th. Visit for details. Looking forward,

Corey Madden Executive Director


Membership, Miniatures, and More! BY M E L A N I E Z A R A G O Z A

Fall is an exciting time for MMA Members. One of the greatest reasons being our favorite community exhibition, Miniatures! Participation in Miniatures is a benefit offered to every member of the Museum. It is a chance to donate a miniature work of art, see it displayed in the Museum’s galleries, and help raise vital funds that make our work possible. This year, Miniatures will be in-person and online, so everyone is able to participate. The fall will also see us launch two incredible exhibitions, Shadows from the Past: Sansei Artists and the American Concentration Camps (September 9, 2021 – January 9, 2022) and Karen Halverson: Trees, Chairs, and Power Lines (September 16, 2021 – January 2, 2022).

Is your membership almost expired? Renew today and don’t miss our exciting upcoming programs!


The artwork in these exhibitions is unique and powerful. Members get to view these exhibitions, along with Miniatures, for free with unlimited visits to MMA Pacific Street. The Museum continues to be overwhelmed by the generosity of our membership community. Art is something we share to express, challenge, and heal ourselves, and you have continued to show up for us, adapt with us, and we thank you so much for weathering storms with us. We look forward to sharing more art experiences with you this fall!


Photo: Moss Media Carmel


Shadows from the Past: Sansei Artists and the American Concentration Camps BY C H R I S C O H O O N

Curated by Gail Enns, Shadows from the Past: Sansei Artists and the American Concentration Camps explores the work of Sansei (third-generation Japanese American) artists whose artworks confront the injustice of US Executive Order 9066. These Sansei artists represent the last direct connection to those unlawfully imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II, and their work invites us to confront a painful chapter in American history.

Coinciding with the exhibition will be both virtual and in-person programs. Virtual program offerings include exhibition walkthroughs, a live panel discussion with the artists (October 14, 2021), a live history panel with members of the Japanese American Citizens League, Artist Spotlight Tours, and more. Artist Na Omi Judy Shintani will also be hosting a Remembrance Lantern-making workshop at MMA La Mirada (October 16, 2021). As always, visit for more details and to keep an eye out for additional programs and opportunities!

Save the Date On January 8, 2022, the Museum will hold its 4th annual Art of the State Symposium. Join artists, curators, and other cultural experts to discuss top issues in Asian American art in California.

 Reiko Fujii (1950 - ), Glass Ancestral Kimono III, 2009, glass, fused photo silk-screened images, copper wire, 48 x 42 x 6 inches. ©2009. Courtesy of the artist.



Recent Acquisition Clayton Bailey’s Robot BY J O H N R E X I N E

The Museum is grateful to Robin Liebes for her generous gift of two works by her late father, Clayton Bailey (1939-2020), including this iconic Robot. Continually since 1976, Bailey built robots like this from discarded appliances, scrap metal, and spare parts scavenged from around the Bay Area. Mostly made of aluminum, this comical standing figure features bulbous light-bulb eyes, a Mohawk-style brush hairpiece, and holds a chalice in one hand and can in the other—perhaps offering the viewer to join him for a drink.

Bailey was a pioneering member of the Bay Area Funk Art (or “Nut Art”) movement, which also included artists Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly, and William T. Wiley—each of whom are also represented in the Museum’s collection. Bailey moved to the Bay Area from Wisconsin in 1967 at the invitation of Arneson to teach at UC Davis, and subsequently was for many years professor at CSU, Hayward/East Bay. His work has been exhibited extensively and is represented in innumerable public and private collections, including the Crocker Art Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, SFMoMA, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

 Clayton Bailey (1939-2020), Robot (detail), ca. 2000s, aluminum, electric lights, mixed media, 57 x 12 inches (including base). Gift of Robin Liebes.


Collection Highlight Amalia Mesa-Bains’ El Teatro de la Moda BY J O H N R E X I N E

The Museum is honored to announce the recent acquisition of Amalia Mesa-Bains’ installation, El Teatro de la Moda. Originally created for the World's Fair Exhibition in Miami, Florida, at the Bernstein Gallery, the work is in the form of a small theater with Chicana “fashionista” dolls standing in varied poses before a draped collage backdrop of significant female social-historical and mythological figures. The concept for the piece was derived from an actual Parisian miniature traveling fashion show. Such shows were sent to the United States by the French fashion houses during World War II when they were forced to close and unable to host fullscale shows. The five standing models depict the artist Frida Kahlo, the singer Celia Cruz, political figure Evita Peron, actor Dolores del Rio, and singer Carmen Miranda.

Mesa-Bains is a world-renowned installation artist, activist, and educator based in San Juan Bautista, CA. Her work has ranged from Mexican American Day of the Dead-inspired altars and tableaux that evoke memory, loss, and the mythological-spiritual, to works like Teatro de la Moda that draw from the historical to create a whimsical yet social-political narrative. A native of Santa Clara, Mesa-Bains was educated at San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and the Wright Institute in Berkeley. Over her career she has also been a curator, author, and cultural critic, and was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992. She is Professor Emerita at CSUMB and was Director of its Visual and Public Arts Program for eight years.

Amalia Mesa-Bains (born1943), El Teatro de la Moda, 2000/2021, mixed media, dimensions variable. Museum Purchase by Exchange; Gift of Albert Denney, Nancy Stillwell Easterbrook, Margaret Wentworth


Owings, Naedra B. Robinson, and Elizabeth Tompkins.

Partner Highlight

Courtesy of Edward Goldman

Edward Goldman

For more than 30 years, Edward Goldman was an art critic and host of Art Talk, a weekly program which aired prime-time during All Things Considered on LA’s largest NPR affiliate, KCRW 89.9 FM. Edward also contributed weekly art reports to the Huffington Post. Born and educated in Russia, he formerly worked in the Educational Department at the famed Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. An important presence in the Los Angeles art scene for 40+ years, Edward Goldman is known as an influential art advisor, consultant, curator, and teacher, and he offers impassioned views on what he sees in galleries and museums and at cultural events throughout the world.

In 2005, Edward began leading a seminar on art collecting at Otis College of Art and Design, and the seminar became so popular that Edward launched his own regular series of classes, "The Fine Art of Art Collecting." Through these classes, participants have access to artist studios, private collectors’ homes, art galleries, and museum exhibitions, where they engage in informal, spirited conversations about art and culture. His seminar, “Fine Art of Art Collecting,” was the subject of the New York Times article, The (Art) World According to Edward Goldman, which stated, “his devotees credit him with helping to put Los Angeles on the cultural radar screen.”

MMA Executive Director, Corey Madden, thinks you may find Edward’s classes of interest! Visit to learn more about Edward Goldman’s upcoming classes. 11

MMA Board Spotlight

Thomas Donnelly

MMA Volunteer Spotlight

Betty Aynaga

After retiring in 2016, one of the first things that Betty Aynaga did was pick up an MMA Docent application. She decided to become a volunteer at MMA after traveling and visiting other museums, and benefiting from being able to ask questions and engage in conversations with the volunteers at those museums. As a Docent, Betty enjoys enriching the Museum experience for visitors by answering questions, and by inviting visitors to discuss their own interpretations of artworks. She also helps with the Museum’s School Visit Program, and says “It’s the school visits that hold a special place in my heart. I think it’s important to provide art access to children who might have never before been to a museum, and MMA does an awesome job of teaching them to be observant, voice their thoughts, and connect the artworks to their personal lives.” Previously an elementary school teacher, Betty believes that art education develops skills needed in all areas of life. She continues to be inspired in her own journey to create, and she values the continuous learning provided through artist talks and field trips. Thank you Betty, for all you do for MMA and the community! 12

Tom Donnelly moved to the Monterey area in 2012. He was always interested in becoming involved in the arts, but was inspired to become more deeply involved after attending MMA’s Art in Bloom exhibition in 2014. He shares, “From there I was hooked and have been involved with MMA since.” Tom joined the Museum’s Board of Trustees in 2015, and over the past 6+ years, he has generously offered his time and expertise to benefit MMA—serving as Secretary, Audit Committee Chair, Trusteeship and Governance Chair, and by working closely with the Finance Committee and Executive Committee. Outside of MMA, Tom serves as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and he enjoys spending time with his fiancé and daughter. About why he volunteers his time as a Trustee, he says, “The more I learn about the Museum’s vast collection, the more I want to ensure it is shared with the community to cherish forever. We have a jewel here, and it is all because of the great local artists of our past, present, and future.” Tom, thank you so much for your many years of service and for your continued dedication to MMA!

MMA Staff Spotlight

John Rexine

John Rexine serves as the Museum’s Collections and Exhibitions Director, and for the past 10+ years, he has been an important part of the MMA leadership team. Over the past 35+ years, John has worked at four institutions—each having a different collection focus and strength, and he says, “The most interesting part of that for me has been learning about different aspects of art and art history at each venue. It has made me a lifetime learner.” One of his most memorable MMA moments was the 2011 installation of the Piazzoni murals at La Mirada (there’s a YouTube video that documents the process). Through his work, John is committed to preserving the diversity of our artistic heritage and sharing that with our community. He says, “Museums are places to learn about ourselves and each other, and about what makes us unique as humans.” Outside of working hours, John is a voracious reader of Classical Mediterranean and Renaissance art, archaeology, and history, and he loves to travel to and explore their places of origin—mostly Greece and Italy. He also especially enjoys exploring and experiencing the diverse environment and unique history of our area.

We are looking for amazing people like you to join our world-class volunteer Docent team! Share California art with visitors by volunteering at MMA. Invest your talents, passions, and expertise in the Museum through leading tours, research, public interaction, educational programs, and more. As a Docent, you will share art with the public, while benefiting from continuing education, opportunities to meet artists, and being part of a community that is passionate about art and MMA. Contact for more information about our Docent program. 13

Acknowledgements April 1 – August 31, 2021

Thank you so much to the individuals, foundations, corporations, and organizations that have generously supported the Museum over the past several months. We are honored by your trust in us and your belief in our mission, and we are grateful to you all for making our work possible!

Sponsorship and Grant Supporters Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation Pebble Beach Company Foundation Wendy (Millard) Benjamin Fund and the Leland Edmund Dake and Gloria Urban Dake Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County

Re-Start the Arts Annual Appeal Supporters Patricia Addleman Betsy Andersen Amber Aroner Ann Artz Jacquie Atchison Elizabeth Barlow and Stephen McClellan Elizabeth Barnes Allison and Richard Barrett Dennis Bath Nan Borreson and Fred Terman Incy and Peter Brooks Carolyn and Fred Brown Barbara Bullock-Wilson Cherie Campbell and David Goldschmidt Cannery Row Company Pamela Carroll Computershare Eleanor and Ronald Contreras Linda and Daniel Cooperman Anne and Paul Davis Betty Dawson and Robert Haden Nancy and William G. Doolittle Harriett Duarte Alyssa Fernandez Denise Fourie Frances Gaver S. Mona and Ken Hale Thomas Haley Virginia Hall Patricia Lynn Hamilton and Patrick McNeill Nina Harrison and Marjorie Bullock Karen Hewitt Mary Hill Bella Hockersmith Huth Family Fund of the Community 14Foundation for Monterey County

Anne Parker Johnson and Yann Lusseau Kayne Anderson Rudnick Wealth Advisors Bill Keland Katherine Keller Roderick Kiracofe Shannon Kirby Kate Klein Kay and John Krattli Dave Kwinter David Ligare and Gary Smith The Listening Place Readers Theater Judith and Gary Logan Julia and Carleton Macy Corey Madden Ellen Maupin Diane E. Mayer Robert Mazawa Deirdre McCauley Mary Pat and Richard McCormick Carolyn and Thomas McGurn Marilyn and Stanley McMahan Marianne and Phil McMahon Mariam and William Melendez Emily Meyer Cynthia and Forrest Miller Michelle Miller Susan Miller Monterey Bay Stanford Club Susan and William Montgomery Hanne Myers Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation Susan Nine-Farina and Mark Farina Justin Noormand Jane and John Olin Kerry Olson Linda Olson

Jan Penn Melissa Pickford and John Kern Margaret and Kenneth Popovich Victoria Raggett Susan Randall Sandra Reel and Bruce Merchant The Team at Revival Ice Cream Lillian Rico Cynthia and Frederick Riebe Kay and Jean Rigg Maya Rivers Robin Robinson Maria Roden Anne Rudolph Marguerite Ryan Ken Shachmut Liana Shapiro-Lee Stephanie Shepherd Grace Silva-Santella and Raymond Santella Matthew Simis and Michael Gray Janice Simon Herlinde Spahr Sarah Spencer Susan Spiegel Laurie Stanley Karen and Jack Steadman Suzanne Taunt Eleanor and Kevin Uhlinger Maureen Vieth Gabrielle Walters Bonni and Joel Weinstein Celeste Williams and Peter Hiller Maryellen Wilson Robin Winfield and Ron Baxter John Zeigler

The Life and Art of Ansel Adams Fundraiser The Museum extends its deep appreciation to Event Chair Kristen Huston, Event Committee members, and all of our generous event supporters and guests—with special thanks to Jeanne and Michael Adams and the Adams family. We are so grateful for a beautiful and successful fundraising event! Thanks to photography, we are able to view images from this special fundraiser. Event Chair Kristen Huston Event Committee Elizabeth Barlow Adriana Hayward Christine Johnson Caroline Scott Low Jana Magginetti Roseanne Pierre Ashley Stepien Event Supporters and Guests Ellery Adams Jeanne and Michael Adams Mary Adams Sarah Adams Scarlet Adams Judy and Thomas Archibald Melissa and Jim Badger Mareitta Bain Elizabeth Barlow and Stephen McClellan Daphne and Richard Bertero

Marion and John Bottomley Ashley and Brian Stepien Soraya Cayen Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ceremsak Christine Crozier Sandra Dewey Thomas Donnelly Kristy Downing Watrud and Chris Watrud Ronda and Gordon Eubanks Pam and Russell Fadel Robert Fletterick Lydia Graham and Mike Freed Carol and John Greenwald Kathryn Greenwald and John Heyl Susan and Greg Hawthorne Adriana and Bill Hayward Susan and Bruce Herman Kristen and Joe Huston Claire and Joe Jackson Christine and Craig Johnson Linda and David Keaton Jennifer and Robert Keszler Linda and Richard Kunnath

Valera Lyles Corey Madden Jana Magginetti Susan Manchester Corinne and Larry Marcus Judith and Frank Marshall Noelle and John Micek Lita and David Middlebrook Jane and John Olin Valentia Piccinini Roseanne and Daniel Pierre Melissa and Danny Rosenthal Jennifer Rosenthal and Graham Hunting Alison Sander Caroline Scott Low and Graham Low Matthew Simis and Michael Gray Stefanie and Robert Skinner Lila and James Thorsen Lara and Andrew Tope Paula and Terry Trotter Kathy and Tom Wiggans Jacqueline and Tully Wiedman Deborah and Claude Wynn Diane and John Young

To learn more about how to support MMA or to make a gift, visit our website, email us at, or call us at 831.372.5477 x110.

Tributes In Honor of Susan Ducoeur by Victoria Raggett In Honor of Geri Flesher by Ellen Maupin In Honor of Judi Giordano by Janice Simon

In Honor of Barbara and William Hyland for all of their contributions to MMA by Mary Hill In Memory of Nikki Keland by Bill Keland In Honor of MMA’s Amazing Staff by Corey Madden

In Memory of Nancy Nix by Ann and Richard Pettit In Honor of Robert Pierce by Ann Ezra Erickson In Memory of Charles Spiegel by Susan Spiegel 15

Exhibitions Calendar Please visit for tickets and important updates.

September – December 2021

Ansel Adams Portraits: By and Of Through September 19, 2021 (at MMA La Mirada) Color Duets: Kaffe Fassett and Erin Lee Gafill Through October 9, 2021 Shadows from the Past: Sansei Artists and the American Concentration Camps September 9, 2021 – January 8, 2022 Karen Halverson: Trees, Chairs, and Power Lines September 16, 2021 – January 1, 2022 Miniatures October 28, 2021 – December 18, 2021

Upcoming 2022

James Fitzgerald January 13, 2022 – April 23, 2022 Courage within WOMEN without Shelter January 27, 2022 – April 23, 2022 Corinne Whitaker May 5, 2022 – August 20, 2022 2022 Weston Scholarship Exhibition May 5, 2022 – August 20, 2022 Enrique Martínez Celaya May 12, 2022 – October 8, 2022  Pictured above: Karen Halverson (b. 1941), Furnace Creek, Death Valley, CA, 1992, digital photographic print. © Karen Halverson.

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