Since the last time I’ve been the Sonoma County Museum has split in two, with the History Museum staying in the old Post Office, and the Art Museum moving into a new space on the corner of the block. I can’t remember what used to be in that building (I’m pretty sure there was a building there before) – some sort of retail? – it’s a basic one story box, that they’ve glammed up a bit with some murals and flair.
Inside is one main open space, which nicely housed the featured Faith Ringgold exhibit that I was there to see. There was also a small selection from the Museum’s collection. I know of Faith Ringgold’s story quilts, but I’m not sure I’d ever seen any in person. They are really lovely as objects – the colors, pictures, textures of the fabrics – and very engaging with pictures and words. I spent quite a bit of time in front of them and thoroughly enjoyed them.
Ringgold is also a painter, sculptor, printmaker and award-winning children’s book author! It was fantastic to see the variety of her work – eclectic in media and yet a common sensibility to all of it. Besides the quilts, I particularly enjoyed the drawings (as for any artist I find them the most telling in many ways) and masks.
It was a great exhibit, and a lovely size to enjoy and spend time with each piece and see it all but not feel overwhelmed.
Through January 29, 2017.