A new exhibit is in preparation with the working title of “Picturing Literature”. There also is a new working name for the museum: “Museum of Sacred and Profane Art”. Please check back in the next couple of months for an update and a site.
September 30, 2011
In the first major renovation of a permanent wing, a new exhibition is being installed in the Hindu wing. The opening date has not yet been announced.
April 29, 2011
Exhibit opened March 19, 2011 in the Great Hall. Closing Date not yet determined
Beginning in 1867, Spain decided to settle Alte California as a response to Russian settlements moving down the coast and the threat of English speaking colonists arriving from east and west. Four presidios or forts, and 21 missions, were spread out along the coast from San Francisco to San Diego. Working with the military and settlers were Franciscan missionaries who gathered native peoples from diverse backgrounds into these missions. The colonization system as designed was bound to cause conflict between the military, settlers, missionaries and native peoples. The Indians suffered under the system but fared even worse after the mission system collapsed. Most of the churches of these missions survive today in some state of reconstruction and have inspired architecture and the imagination since. The exhibition looks at the history and architecture of the four presidio/missions of San Diego, Monterrey, San Francisco and Santa Barbara as well as the mission of Santa Clara.
December 31, 2010
Another short term exhibit was one on St. Catherine’s, Mount Sinai, in the Christian wing of the museum, as background for a pair of workshops. The second was held in the exhibition itself. Theophany, Spiritual Light and Transfiguration grew out of questions during the trip to the virtual Saint Catherine Monastery.
December 31, 2010
The Looking at Architecture a major exhibition on various ways to understand architecture. Two buildings were featured, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. Each of these buildings had been reconstructed as virtual models in Second Life and avatars had the opportunity to visit those while viewing the exhibition. Plans, models, sections, elevations, etc. were available for each. A second aspect of the collection was a look at various kinds and styles of architectural models that were created for various reasons throughout history. Physical models of the second life museum also were on view with the history of the client/architect relationship that resulted in the virtual Museum of Sacred Art.