Spring 2018

Richard Diebenkorn:
Beginnings, 1942-1955

February 1  May 20, 2018*
Organized by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum
Curated by Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum

This blockbuster exhibition and its accompanying catalogue aim to present a comprehensive view of Diebenkorn’s evolution to maturity, focusing solely on the paintings and drawings that precede his 1955 shift to figuration at age 33. Included in the exhibition are paintings and drawings primarily from the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited. Together, these 78 drawings and 22 paintings offer a full picture of the young artist’s achievements.

Visit the Ball State News Room, Ball State Magazine, and Spring 2018 ARTwords newsletter for additional information and background on this special exhibition.

*Please note: DOMA will be closed March 3rd through March 11th for Ball State's spring break.

DOMA regularly schedules programs related to current special exhibitions. For Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1945-1955, the following events are offered to enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of this blockbuster show:

February 3, 1:30-4:30pm: Richard Diebenkorn Exhibition Teacher Workshop (space is limited; registration required)

February 8, 5-8pm: Music in the Museum: Beginnings

February 11, 1:30-4:30pm: Adult Painting Workshop (FULL)

March 6, 12pm: Community Voices: Lunch & Learn with Pat Nelson (for ages 16 and up; space is limited and registration required)

March 28, 10am: Mid-20th Century American Art (space is limited; registration required)

April 8, 1:30-4:30pm: Youth Painting Workshop (for ages 10–15; space is limited and registration required)

April 19, 5-7pm: Petty Memorial Lecture: Dr. Scott Shields, exhibition curator (free and no registration required)

Throughout the month of February, studio assistance by art students Emi Frame and Breyanne Urbin will be available in the education space of the exhibition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Enjoy painting, sketching, and writing using the activity information provided.

This exhibition is traveling nationally to the following sites:

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, October 8, 2017–January 7, 2018
David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, February 1–May 20, 2018
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, June 16–September 23, 2018
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, January 12–April 7, 2019
Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland, April 19–July 14, 2019


Image: Richard Diebenkorn, #2 (Sausalito) (1949), oil on canvas, 45 1/8 x 37 3/8 in. (114.6 x 94.9 cm) © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation


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David Owsley Museum of Art

2021 W. Riverside Ave.
Muncie , IN 47306

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.


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