Bakersfield Museum of Art

Photo by John Hazelltine

Bakersfield, CA




Chalita Brossett Robinson - Walls and Windows and Wings


The colorful and vibrant artwork of Bakersfield artist, Chalita Brossett Robinson will be on display at the Bakersfield Museum of Art from May 5 through June 18, 2000. The exhibit includes 27 two dimensional works, 3 bronze sculptures. a 22-foot long three dimensional piece, and a wonderfully thought provoking installation in which the viewer will be able to physically enter. (left: The Great Learning, 2000, monoprint/drawing, 16 x 24 inches)

Ms. Robinson has lived in Bakersfield and taught at Bakersfield College for more than 30 years, although she is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. The rich and exciting influence of that culturally diverse city is evident in her art with its undulating movements and bright, rich colors. (left: No Road Maps Allowed, 2000, monoprint/drawing, 16 x 12 inches; right: A Dash of Grace, 2000, monoprint/drawing, 15 x 12 inches)

The subject matter of this exhibition is revealed in the title, "Walls and Windows and Wings." Ms. Robinson comments that "this work focuses on the theme of 'passage,' the struggle to learn, change, and grow through life." (see artist statement)

She was initially motivated by Gall Sheehy's book, Passages; Clarissa Pinkola Estes' book, Women Who Run With the Wolves; the writings of Maya Angelou; and more recently, by her own personal experiences. (right: Sequel of the Past, 2000, monoprint/drawing, 12 x 16 inches)

This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of the Pelletier Foundation. Additional support was provided by Bakersfield College, Adobe Krow Archives, African American Network, Sue & Don Deininger, Susan Hemme, Michael Hivley, Carolyn & Jim Johnston, JoAnn & Charles Meyer, Tena Navarette Cohn & David Cohn, Barbara Poe, Linda Robinson, and Mary Lou & Jack Thomson.

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