Private Landscapes and Public Territories

  • June 23 - September 16, 2018


Private Landscapes and Public Territories: Botanicals, Archives and Libraries in the Work of Amalia Mesa-Bains 

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is pleased to announce the new exhibition Private Landscapes and Public Territories: Botanicals, Archives and Libraries in the Work of Amalia Mesa-Bains, on view at the museum from Saturday, June 23 to Sunday, September 16, 2018. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 23 from 6pm-8pm and is open to the public. SVMA Members get in free, general admission is $10.

The work in this exhibition focuses on the importance of place and memory through botanical prints, mapping images, landscape shadow boxes, altars, folding books and installations. The themes of family geographies and historical displacements of Latino and native peoples are represented through border maps, archival images and native plants. The narratives of human geography help us to see that our private landscapes have always been part of larger public territories beset by histories of change, loss and memory.

"Amalia Mesa-Bains' large installation work that incorporates Chicano culture and folk traditions is a natural and dynamic engagement with Sonoma's multicultural community and the mission of SVMA to "Build Community Around Art." Her pioneering work is accessible, moving, and at times, even mystical. We are thrilled to present the groundbreaking art of this nationally and internationally renowned artist.”

– Linda Keaton, Executive Director, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

As an artist Amalia Mesa-Bains works have been exhibited in both national and international venues including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, the Museo del Barrio, the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Williams College Museum, the Queens Museum in New York, the Contemporary Exhibition Center of Lyon, France, the Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden, The Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland, and the Culterforgenin in Copenhagen, Denmark.