Grace Hudson Museum’s first exhibit of 2022 in final week

UKIAH, Calif. — Ukiah’s Grace Hudson Museum’s first exhibition of the year, featuring newly acquired artworks by renowned Ukiah-based painter and the museum’s namesake, Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937), is winding down.

The Art of Collecting: New Additions to the Grace Hudson Museum explores the variety of items collected by the museum and provides context for how it curates them.

The show, which began in February, runs through Sunday, May 8.

Supporting a rich and often complex story about both Grace Hudson and the region’s Pomo peoples — the original inhabitants of southern Mendocino County — the museum’s holdings include an array of Hudson’s artwork, Pomo basketry and material culture, and an archive of historic photographs, letters, and documents tied to the Carpenter-Hudson family.

“This new exhibit will strengthen and further highlight the significance of our city’s beloved museum, while shining light on Grace Hudson’s artistic achievements, and the history and culture of Pomo peoples,” said Ukiah Mayor Jim Brown. “I’m certain our residents, and visitors from around the country and world, will greatly appreciate and enjoy it.

A cornerstone of the exhibition are 16 Hudson paintings that were gifted late last year by the Palm Springs Art Museum in Southern California, where the paintings previously resided for decades.

“We believe Hudson, as an artist and a woman, to be a significant figure in the history of art in California and beyond,” said Adam Lerner, the JoAnn McGrath executive director/CEO at the Palm Springs institution. “With our gift, we are able to better serve her legacy, while at the same time continuing to appropriately represent her work in our own collection.”

Costs of transferring the paintings to Ukiah were secured by the Grace Hudson Museum via a generous grant from the Miner Anderson Family Foundation in San Francisco, which believed in bringing the works back to the place where they were originally created.

“We were surprised and thrilled when Palm Springs first approached us about gifting us the paintings,” said David Burton, director of the Grace Hudson Museum. “We are enormously grateful to Adam, the staff, and the trustees at Palm Springs Art Museum, and also to the Miner Anderson Family Foundation. In addition to the gift, Palms Springs is also providing two other Hudson paintings to us on long-term loan. We are very excited to share them with the public, along with our recent acquisitions.”

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