SVMA Presents:

Libros de Artista and Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London

Opening Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sonoma, Calif. – December 11, 2017 – To kick off the new year, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is pleased to announce the exciting new exhibitions, Libros de Artista and Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London, on view at the museum from Saturday, January 20, 2018 to Sunday, April 15, 2018. 

Libros de Artista, will feature about 40 contemporary limited edition books created by Latin American artists, sourced from both the original artists in Mexico and from the Latin American & Iberian Collections at Stanford University Libraries. The books in the exhibition reveal a wide range of artistic, political and personal concerns. Topics explored include the relationship between gender and power, immigration, censorship, border control politics and other themes that are becoming more and more relevant to lives both north and south of the border. Libros de Artista offers an enthusiastic ride through a world of strong graphic tradition, deeply felt relationships to material objects, profound knowledge of craft and a judicious use of technology.

Valley of the Moon treasure and resident Jack London (1876-1916) is revered as the quintessential American novelist and short story writer, and in the Sonoma area he is a renowned native son. His internationally celebrated literary works include The Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, White Fang, and Martin Eden. Less well known are London’s concurrent explorations in photography. This exhibition will introduce an array of the writer’s photographs gathered from his adventures as a war correspondent and global sailor. Included are views from the Russo-Japanese War, San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire, and visits to Hawaii and the South Seas islands. They reveal London’s avid curiosity, his perceptive and compassionate eye, and his remarkable comprehension of the then-new art of photography.

"SVMA is pleased be hosting Libros de Artista and Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London. We hope these exhibitions will challenge and inspire visitors about the creative process of bookmaking and about the visionary life of Jack London."

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

Programs for this exhibition include:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Sunday, February 18, 2018, 5pm.

Eye4Adventure Photo Contest

The contest will use the hashtag:  #jackseye4adventure

Tags: @sonomamuseum & @jacklondonpark

What we are looking for: Photos inspired by Jack London's spirit of adventure and his passion for exploring and documenting the world. The contest judges will select up to 100 photographs submitted to be printed and exhibited at SVMA during the exhibition, which will go on view March 1 and run through April 15, 2018.  

Opening weekend Programs:

Tickets for each program: $10 svma members | $15 for general public 

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2pm

Antonio Guerra González, artist featured in Libros de Artista, will speak about his work in Mexico. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2pm

Sue Hodson, curator of literary manuscripts at the Huntington Library (recently retired), and co-author of the book Jack London, Photographer (2010) in conversation with Helaine Glick, guest curator of SVMA's Jack London Photographs: An Eye for Adventure.Following the talk, Hodson will be on hand to sign copies of her book. 

SMVA's A.R.T.S., Art Rewards The Student program brings teaching artists to 4th and 5th grade students in Sonoma schools each year.  This year, student art projects are themed to the Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London and Libros de Artista exhibition.  Student art will hang in tandem with this exhibition Wednesday, March 28 through Sunday, April 15, with an all-day Family Day Closing Reception on Saturday, April 14th from 11am to 5pm.  Please join us in celebrating Sonoma's young artists!

About the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art:

Established in 1998, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is a membership supported 501(c) 3, non-profit organization that provides seasonal exhibitions of contemporary and modern art and educational and public programming for children, youth and adults. The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s mission: Building Community Around Art.

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is located at 551 Broadway, one half block up from Sonoma’s historic Plaza. Regular Museum hours are 11am–5pm Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults. Children k–12 are admitted free, as are SVMA members. Additional information is available at or by calling (707) 939-7862.


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Jack London, Roamer, Sonoma Creek, Delta, “Wingo” landscape, 1911-1914/printed 2017, courtesy of California State Parks, Jack London State Historic Park (2018)


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Dr. Lakra and Toño Camuñas, Misterios Cripticos del Konfucionismo, 2015, silkscreen print, 20 x 14 x .5 inches