{ California Historical Society } photographs on view

The California Historical Society has always been important to Muybridge researchers. The CHS published new research before the first biographies, in articles such as ‘Eadweard Muybridge’s Yosemite Valley Photographs, 1867-1872’ by Mary V. Jessup Hood and Robert Bartlett Haas, (The California Historical Society Quarterly, March 1963.) A recent blog posting gives details of items currently on loan to Muybridge exhibitions.

Stereoview, 'Watch Tower', CHS Collection

“In June 2009, CHS was invited by the Corcoran to lend fifteen works by Muybridge plus an additional photo album from its permanent collection for the exhibition, Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change. Organized by the Corcoran’s chief curator, Philip Brookman, this first major retrospective of over 300 items from thirty-six lenders examines Muybridge’s career and extensive pioneering work in areas such as The Geology of Time: Yosemite and the High Sierra; War, Murder, and the Production of Coffee: the Modoc Wars and the Development of Central America; Motion Pictures: the Zoopraxiscope; and Animal Locomotion.

CHS stereo card with the classic image of Contemplation Rock, Glacier Point, 1871, was chosen as one of two images selected to illustrate Muybridge’s work in the Washington Post review of the exhibition, on view this last spring and early summer at the Corcoran Gallery. Three small works from CHS group were shipped to the exhibition’s second venue at the Tate Gallery [Tate Britain] in London and are currently on view there. The Helios exhibition will travel to its last venue, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, [early in 2011] for fourteen weeks of viewing. We hope you will visit Helios at SFMOMA, and visit CHS where more works by Muybridge from our permanent collection will also be on view during that time. More works by Muybridge are available for viewing in our North Baker Research Library, where we welcome visitors from around the world.

Cheryl Maslin, CHS Registrar/Collections Manager.”


The current CHS headquarters at 678 Mission Street accommodates the administrative offices, North Baker Research Library and the exhibition galleries. Galleries are open to the public from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. The California Historical Society has over 3,100 dedicated members. The Society publishes “California History”, a quarterly journal and keeps an active public program schedule, including exhibitions, lectures, book talks and other events. The Society holds one of the richest collections of primary and secondary materials in the state on the social, cultural, economic, and political development of California. The North Baker Research Library provides public access to the collection, Wednesday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. questions or comments: californiahistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Posted here by Stephen Herbert

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