di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art
5200 Sonoma HWY, Napa, CA 94559 - United States
di Rosa’s quest is to engage people of all ages in ideas that matter through the art of our time. We do this by presenting compelling exhibitions coupled with extensive educational programs and strategic partnerships serving thousands of residents in this community. Central to our work are the participation of artists and the spirit of experimentation, collaboration, inclusion and our community.
di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art offers visitors refuge to view the art of Northern California in a singularly unique setting. Protected in perpetuity under the Napa County Land Trust, the site features multiple galleries, a sculpture park, and a 35-acre lake, all located on 217 scenic acres in Napa Valley’s famed Carneros region.
di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art originated as the vision of Rene di Rosa (1919-2010), a prolific collector whose famed vineyards enabled his development of a world-class art collection. Together with his wife Veronica di Rosa (1934–1991), he used the sale of his vineyards to build an “art park” for the greater public. The organization was incorporated as a nonprofit public trust in 2000.
Today di Rosa presents contemporary exhibitions by Bay Area-based artists and an array of educational programs for all ages, in addition to maintaining a permanent collection of notable works by artists living or working in the San Francisco Bay Area from the mid-twentieth century to the present day.
Deborah Remington: Kaleidoscopic Vision
May 13 — November 29, 2020
Deborah Remington’s career spanned six eventful decades, from the artist’s Beatnik days in 1950s San Francisco to her death in New Jersey in 2010. A prolific artist whose volume of paintings, drawings, and prints exceeded thousands, she sustained episodes of unsteady critical and commercial visibility but, vagaries regardless, upheld a clarity of vision that gusted her along until the end. Through sixty artworks and a rich selection of archival material, Deborah Remington: Kaleidoscopic Vision is a concise survey of forty of those years, beginning with her early efforts as an art student in the aftermath of World War II, progressing to her iconic paintings and drawings, and concluding with works from the mid-1980s that herald the highly embellished imagery that would crown her last two decades of life. In form and sensibility, each period appears distinct, but the arc of her practice is unusually clean and focused. Her early expressionist paintings, for example, transform incrementally into tightly structured shapes at once abstract and allusive, spare but maximal, self-contained while also radiant with color. In their explorations of scale, space, and perception, her works may seem neatly correspondent with contemporaneous developments, such as Light and Space in California and Minimalism in New York. But they reveal a language that is distinctly her own, one of otherworldly forms engendered by the vibrant interplay of experimentation and constancy that animated the heart of Remington’s singular practice.
Conversation Pieces launches a new series of artist commissions in di Rosa’s Gallery 1 exhibition space showcasing work by emerging and mid-career artists who spark dialogue with the artistic legacy of Northern California. This series continues di Rosa’s ongoing interest in supporting the production of new work, and for the first time, expands the programmatic scope to include artists working outside the Bay Area not often presented here. Conversation Pieces broadly contextualize the impact of our region’s cultural landscape in transformative and unexpected ways but informed by aspects of the di Rosa collection as a springboard for experimental work and intergenerational dialogue.
Davina Semo Core Reflections
January 29 – June 28
San Francisco-based artist Davina Semo’s exhibition works across two and three dimensions, often utilizing industrial materials that examine tensions between nature, society and the self. Her project for di Rosa considers the unique setting of Gallery 1 in relation to the landscape as well as its siting as a point of public entry and assembly.
Jim Drain Membrane
February 19 — December 27, 2020
Jim Drain’s long-term installation Membrane in Gallery 1 is designed to serve as a gathering space for a range of activities and events, including artist talks, lectures, symposia, and performances, as well as an area for lounging, reading, and daydreaming amidst di Rosa’s idyllic landscape. Demonstrating his collective and interdisciplinary background coupled with his intuitive, irreverent blend of assemblage, craft, and form, draw from; the project will resonate with the distinctive spirit of the Bay Area and its artistic legacy.
Site Walk Weekends
Visitors are able to self-guide the grounds Friday-Sunday, exploring the Sculpture Meadow, Courtyard, Olive Grove, scenic lakeside drive, and Galleries. Access to some areas is dependent on site conditions and weather.
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