The Hilbert Museum Exhibits Treasures of California Scene Painting

At a time when edgy contemporary art proliferates museums and galleries, the paintings and drawings at the Hilbert Museum of California Art focus on socially relevant scenes, created during the 20th century. The California Scene Paintings depict people and settings in cities and towns, parks and amusement centers, theaters and schools, at work and at play. One of the landscapes in the museum collection is Preston Blair’s “Bunker Hill” (1938). …

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The Illustrious Career of Jean Stern

As Jean Stern, Irvine Museum Executive Director, tours his current exhibition, “Upon a Painted Ocean,” he looks forward to the museum’s move in the next decade to the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art; a multi-faceted venue to display and research all genres of art from the Golden State. Yet few people realize that Stern, a quiet self-effacing art historian, is one of the first people to promote late …

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