Museum Reorganization

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.

Museum Closing

The museum will be closing soon, probably in mid April 2015. There are tentative plans to reopen the museum, probably in another location later in 2015. Please check back on this website for further information. The following are some photos of the new museum.

2015 02 26 new museum_006 2015 02 26 new museum_0052015 02 26 new museum_007

Presidios and Missions of Alte California

April 29, 2011

Exhibit opened March 19, 2011 in the Great Hall. Closing Date not yet determined

Louis Choris. Indians Dancing at the Mission of San Francisco in 1818. Color Lithograpgh

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.


Saint Catherine, Mount Sinai

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.

Looking at Architecture

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.