Pasadena Museum of California Art Will Close This Fall

Grafton Tyler Brown, Cascade Cliffs, Columbia River, 1885.  Oil on canvas.  17 x 32 inches.  Courtesy of the Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art.  Photo © John Wilson White Studio
Grafton Tyler Brown, Cascade Cliffs, Columbia River, 1885. Oil on canvas. 17 x 32 inches. Courtesy of the Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art. Photo © John Wilson White Studio
  • Judy Chicago, The Crowning NP 3 [detail], 1983.  Needlepoint over painting on mesh canvas, 351⁄2 x 511⁄2 inches.  Hand painting assistance by Lynda Healy; needlepoint by Kathryn Haas Alexander, Collection of the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts © Judy Chicago

    Judy Chicago, The Crowning NP 3 [detail], 1983. Needlepoint over painting on mesh canvas, 351⁄2 x 511⁄2 inches. Hand painting assistance by Lynda Healy; needlepoint by Kathryn Haas Alexander, Collection of the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts © Judy Chicago

  • Brody Albert, Studies for 110 at I-5, 2018.  Digital print, dimensions variable.  Image courtesy of Jason Gowans

    Brody Albert, Studies for 110 at I-5, 2018. Digital print, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Jason Gowans

Without mention of any reason, the 16-year-old Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) announced this week that the Southern California institution will close its doors.

On June 13, at a PMCA Board meeting, Chairman Jim Crawford recommended that the museum close after the current exhibitions end on October 7, 2018. The board vote was made final on June 18.

Said Executive Director Susana Smith Bautista to Pasadena Star-News: "The PMCA I’ve known about since it started is amazing. Such fine contemporary architecture, such a clear mission about visual art and design in the state, the comfort of going from plein air to Judy Chicago — who had her studio in Pasadena —  we are an amazing slice of California."

Three diverse and worthwhile exhibitions are on view now until the Oct. 7 closing: Judy Chicago's Birth Project: Born AgainGrafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California; and Brody Albert: Strata.

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