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Jones Art Gallery

Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery

"Eden"

Audia Yvonne Dixon
September 8 - October 13, 2022

The directors of the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery are proud to present Eden, a solo exhibition by Fresno-based artist Audia Yvonne Dixon (b. 1992). This show is a selection of paintings connected to a history of pastoral landscape and portraiture. The subjects of the artworks are young Black girls situated in serene, dreamlike scenes, but before the viewer finds rest, an awareness of turbulence is apparent in the pictures. This imagery bridges a surrealistic nostalgia with foreshadowing of experiences that these young Black girls will soon confront in life. But within the nostalgia and innocence, there resides hope. The work is designed to stir a deeper conversation about the loss of innocence experienced by people of color and specifically Black girls, as a result of existing in our contemporary society. The work balances this nostalgic innocence with harsh realities of our world and they provide a place for the subjects to, in the words of the artist, “be praised and protected.”

The Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery is located at Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive Bakersfield, CA 93305. The gallery is situated in the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library on the college’s main campus.

The exhibition will be on view from September 8th through October 13th, 2022. The Fall 2022 Jones Gallery hours of operation are: Monday-Thursday: 2 - 5 P.M.

Audia Yvonne Dixon, Attractive Nuisance 2021

Audia Yvonne Dixon, 'Attractive Nuisance' Oil on Canvas, 65" x 96"

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Dolores Huerta photo marching

Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos

Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos tells one of the compelling stories that helped define the American experience — the farm workers labor movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The show draws on extensive Smithsonian curatorial research about legendary activist Dolores Huerta (b.1930).

This exhibition explores Huerta’s public life as an activist, and also examines her life as a teacher, mother, communicator, organizer, lobbyist, and contract negotiator. The show reveals the multi-ethnic aspects of the labor movement story, including the important participation of Filipinos and African Americans.

The farm workers movement of the 1960s and 1970s advanced the cause of laborers, many of whom were Mexican American and who had been working and living in dire conditions. Its charismatic leader, César Chávez, has rightfully earned a place in American history. The exhibition will broaden the understanding of this movement through a careful look at the under-acknowledged contributions of Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the union, lobbyist, and contract negotiator on its behalf.

This virtual exhibition features bilingual text (English-Spanish), reproductions of historic and personal photographs and documents, along with protest art from the farm workers’ movement. The Bakersfield College Jones Gallery display also features unique artworks, awards and historical objects courtesy of Dolores Huerta, Lori de Leon, and the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

Because of Her Story, Smithsonian, Dolores speaks at a podium with microphones wearing a straw hat. John Kouns, 1966. Courtesy of the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at California State University, Northridge

Download the Dolores Huerta App

The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) is proud to share the Dolores Huerta bilingual mobile app, designed to accompany the traveling exhibition Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos. It features 16 videos of Dolores Huerta discussing her lifetime of fighting for the rights of farm workers.

To enhance your experience with the virtual tour, we suggest visitors download the Dolores Huerta app. Guests with iPhones can download the free app for iOS in the app store.

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Painted portrait of Dolores Huerta.

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