While its summer public art installation continues to surprise and intrigue people strolling through Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) has launched two new exhibitions at its nearby Broadway gallery space. Sacred Landscapes: The Art of Ynez Johnston, and Question Bridge: Black Males, run through September 5.
Sacred Landscapes is a retrospective of this modernist Bay Area artist featuring a luminous body of paintings, sculpture, and prints spanning seven decades. Johnston, born in Berkeley, was influenced by numerous personal topographies and cultural inspirations gleaned from many adventurous travels throughout the world.
“SVMA is pleased to host this historic exhibition of Ynez Johnston’s art,” said Linda Keaton, executive director. “(It’s) a homecoming for the artist’s work, as she grew up and attended school in the Bay Area, and had her first solo exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Art, now SF MoMA, at age 22.”
Question Bridge: Black Males, originated by artist Chris Johnson, explores challenging issues within the Black male community through a transmedia conversation among Black men across geographic, economic, generational, educational, and social strata of American society. For over four years, Johnson, along with Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeteì Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair, traveled the nation collecting questions and answers from over 150 Black men in 11 cities.
“Question Bridge: Black Males is an important, compelling video installation,” said Keaton. “SVMA is honored to present this exciting exhibition to Bay Area audiences.”
The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is located at 551 Broadway. Museum hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, noon- 4 p.m.