[exhibit] Amalia Mesa-Bains: Private Landscapes and Public Territories // Sonoma

In this exhibition, Amalia Mesa-Bains focuses on the importance of place and memory through botanical prints, mapping images, landscape shadow boxes, altars, folding books and installations.

Update! This Sunday, Amalia will speak about her art. See below for details!

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is located one half block from Sonoma’s historic Town Plaza: 551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476.

Exhibition: June 23-Sep 16, 2018.

About Amalia: Please see her biography below.

About exhibit:

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.




SVMA Members: FREE
General Admission: $10
Seniors (62 and over): $7
College students (with ID): $7
Sonoma Valley residents: $7
Ages 13 through 17: $5
12 and under: Free
Family Admission: $15

Every Wednesday FREE for all visitors.

707.939.7862 for details.


Sunday, July 22nd artist talk:

Amalia Mesa-Bains in Conversation with Pilar Agüero-Esparza // Sonoma


About Amelia:


Mesa-Bains was born in Santa Clara, California, in 1943. Her parents were born in Mexico, both having crossed as children sometime after 1917.

The women in her family were a strong influence on her. Her mother was gentle and prided herself on her hospitality; her grandmother, physically commanding with a quick temper, achieved mythic status within the family. “There were so many stories about her physical strength and her capacities,” she said. “If a man insulted her, she might punch him. [Once,] when she drank too much, she threw one of her compadres through the window and broke his arm.”

Her grandmother’s home altar, which included images of saints and the Virgen de Guadalupe, alongside family photographs and even a velvet image of JFK, would become a reference point for Mesa-Bains’s later work with altars as installation art.

Read more: http://www.artnews.com/2018/03/27/icons-amalia-mesa-bains/