Hailed as one of “32 Most Inspiring Museum Exhibitions to See Across the U.S.” by artnet® news, Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960 at the Pasadena Museum of History is one of the most celebrated fine art exhibitions in the nation. Now open following a partial re-installation, Phase II of the landmark exhibition curated by Maurine St. Gaudens Studio introduces a number of historically important new works and artists. The exhibit has reopened to the public and will remain on view through March 31st, to coincide with Women’s History Month.
“These women were the original feminists,” says Something Revealed curator Maurine St. Gaudens. “They struggled to have their work accepted at a time when art by women was judged less important than the work by their male counterparts.” Something Revealed opened on September 28, 2018 to critical and popular acclaim. It continued to garner attention and accolades throughout its first three months, including features in the Los Angeles Times, American Art Review, Southwest Art, KCET’s Artbound, American Fine Art Magazine, Arroyo Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, and Los Angeles Art News, among many others.
The exhibit’s transformation for Phase II provides new insights into the creative work that was being done here in California – and throughout the country – during the one hundred year period covered. “There were so many artists we wanted to spotlight,” notes St. Gaudens. “We simply could not fit them all into the galleries at one time. In order to bring more of these deserving and powerful women artists to the public, we decided to re-hang portions of the exhibit in January.”
With Phases I and II, Something Revealed will have displayed over 300 works of art by 150 different female artists, offering a new appreciation of these women who defied gender and expectation in an era of inequality. Although only a small percentage of them achieved name recognition during their lifetimes, all of the artists in the exhibition are historically important and played significant roles in shaping the arts and culture of California. The exhibition is an extension of St. Gaudens’ four volume work, Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960 (Schiffer Publishing, 2016).