Current Exhibitions


Current Exhibitions

March 13, 2015 - November 8, 2015

Now extended through November!

This exhibition is about ingenuity and artistic inspiration. It reveals a journey that threads through a graphic designer's career.

From 1987 to 2012, Nancy Ravenhall Johnson grew and mastered a variety of positions at the Bowers Museum. She started as Gallery Store Manager, then Graphic Designer, VP of Public Relations and Director of Creative Design.

September 19, 2015- January 3, 2016

Bamboo is a quintessential part of Japanese culture, shaping the country's social, artistic, and spiritual landscape. Although bamboo is an abundant natural resource, it is a challenging artistic medium with less than 100 professional bamboo artists in Japan today.

May 16, 2015 - November 29, 2015

The lure of the American West has entranced many throughout the course of history. Ansel Adams, Edward S. Curtis and Edward Weston were held captive by its promise, beauty and peril.


*closing date is subject to change

The nine oversized paintings shown in this exhibition are all the work of one extraordinary 69-year-old Buddhist monk named Shashi Dhoj Tulachan, a second generation thangka artist living


Experience exquisite masterpieces and dynamic objects from the vast and diverse Pacific Islands in this special exhibition guest curated by Chris Rainier.

Photographer Chris Rainier guest curates this exhibition of art from the South Pacific.


Curated by authorities of Chinese history and culture from the Shanghai Museum, this incredible collection portrays the evolution of Chinese art and culture.


Classic California: Recently Conserved Paintings from the Permanent Collection features 22 paintings by California's most celebrated artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that have been conserved from the Bowers Museum's permanent collection.