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.


Image: Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, 1949, oil on canvas, 45 1/8 x 37 3/8 in. Catalogue raisonné no. 665 © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

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


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 (space is limited; registration required)

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

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

April 8, 1:30-4:30pm: Youth Painting Workshop (space is limited; registration required)

April 19, 5-7pm: Petty Memorial Lecture: Dr. Scott Shields, exhibition curator

Recent Exhibitions

New Acquisitions Exhibit

"New Acquisitions 2017"

Corban Walker, 129-40 (detail)

"SHIFT" (2016-2017)

Michael Dunbar, Chi Cyclotron

"Continuum" (2016-2017)

Edward Fulwider, Casey Jones

"New Acquisitions 2016"

1 in 3 logo with hummingbird

"1 in 3" (2015-2016)

Watercolor painting

"With Watercolor" (2015-2016)

Being There

"Being There" (2015-2016)

Gift of David T. Owsley

"Gift of David T. Owsley" (2014-2015)

Children seated on a bench

"Listening Across Generations: Fractured Narratives Youth Collaboration" (2015)

Fractured Narratives

"Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage" (2014-2015)

Upcoming Events
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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