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Viola Frey: Her Self

Presented by MarinMOCA at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato CA

Mar 02 2019
Apr 21 2019
Viola Frey: Her Self

Nearly 40 works of sculpture, ceramics and paper by legendary Bay Area artist Viola Frey

Opening Events, Saturday, March 2:
* Art Talk – 4:00 pm
* Reception – 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Exhibition Dates:  March 2 – April 21

MarinMOCA is pleased to present “Viola Frey: Her Self,” opening on March 2 and running through April 21.

Viola Frey is the legendary Bay Area artist best known for her monumental sculptures, but this exhibit will present viewers with a more intimate, down-to-earth point of view.

The exhibit will focus on Frey’s self-portraits in multiple mediums, from drawings to oil paintings to ceramics, and includes work that spans over four decades of her career. The artwork on display has personal significance to the artist, and even when life-sized (Ms. Frey was less than 5 feet tall), visitors will be able to look her in the eye.

Visitors will see works created with rich symbolism and iconography, including her work gloves, boots and flea market finds.

Says Frey scholar Anita Ellis: “It is a rare monographic exhibition that places the emphasis on the artist rather than the artwork. In “Viola Frey: Her Self,” that is exactly what is being done. The viewer is asked not simply to examine the art of Viola Frey, but more pointedly to explore Viola Frey exploring her self.”

For the opening Art Talk, join Artists’ Legacy Foundation Co-Directors Cynthia de Bos and Julia Schwartz as they discuss Frey’s early artistic beginnings, influences in her practice, and bodies of work that inform this exhibition.


Opening Reception and Art Talk:  Free

Exhibition admission:
$10 – Adults
$8 – Seniors 70+ and Students 13-25
Free – Members and Children under 13

Contact: 415-506-0137


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Additional time info:

Opening Events, Saturday, March 2:
* Art Talk – 4:00 pm
* Reception – 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Museum Hours:
Wed-Fri:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat-Sun:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

500 Palm Drive, Novato, CA 94949


Free Parking and Handicapped Accessible


    • Wheelchair Access



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