Upcoming Exhibitions

History Museum

Fighting the Great War at Home and Abroad

April 15 - July 9

 Howard Chandler Christy Poster


Opening Reception: Friday, April 14, 5:00-7:00pm

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On April 2, 1917, Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of congress and declared war on Germany. After three years of anxiously following the headlines from Europe, Americans were going to war. Marking the 100th anniversary of US entry into “the Great War,” the History Museum of Sonoma County presents an exhibition exploring how the war touched so many lives, both at home and abroad.


As it reaches the century mark, the war has faded from collective memory-- simply with the passage of time and within the shadow of World War II. However, the war that lasted from 1914 until November 1918, reshaped the world and had a tremendous impact in Sonoma County. From the individual soldiers who ventured into a bigger world for the first time, to victory gardens and rationing on the home front, to the tragedy of the Spanish flu, discover the story of WWI in Sonoma County. 


This exhibition features:

  • A stunning collection of World War I posters that served as instruments of persuasion
  • Artifacts of the war, from uniforms that belonged Sonoma County soldiers, to examples of trench art
  • Letters and diaries from Sonoma County


Art Museum

Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams

Curated by Susan Landauer

May 13 - August 27

 Eye Fruit


 Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 6:00-8:00pm

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Franklin Williams has been identified with at least five movements over the course of his fifty-year career: Funk Art, Nut Art, Visionary Art, Pattern and Decoration, and Gaudy Art. While it is true that his work has always been highly personal, leading him to find inspiration in unconventional sources, it lacks the trend-bucking contrarian impulse so central to Funk, especially the UC Davis contingent. Even during the 1960s, when Williams briefly indulged in extravagant whimsy, his attitude seems to have been utterly devoid of guile, expressing none of Funk’s neo-Dadaist cynical humor or faux-naiveté. As early as 1970, Williams began addressing without irony the most serious of themes: life and death, beauty and ugliness, good and evil, often presented within the same painting. And as for rigor, that very quality has been from the beginning a defining feature of his art. Viewed in its entirety, Williams’s oeuvre appears to have evolved out of a slow, accretionary process by way of intense introspection and meticulous technique.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Jack and Diane Stuppin.