Happenings at our museums

The Museum of Ventura County and the City of Ventura are collaborating to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Albinger Archaeological Museum and 3,500 years of cultural diversity at the archaeological site with “Dig Into History!” This three-day celebration will include special exhibits, activities for all ages, educational opportunities and much more to celebrate the cultures that have existed in Ventura County.

Join us at the Albinger Archaeological Museum Friday, January 24, 2020 — Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 11AM—4PM as we dig through the layers of the past with music, dance, crafts, and storytelling to honor the diversity of the cultures who have lived here and left their mark on history. This event is free to attend and open to the public.

Albinger Archaeological Museum, 113 E. Main St.

Join us at the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 2—4:30PM for an afternoon about modernist design, fine arts and crafts, and the creative individuals who made a lasting impact in design history. Admission is free for members, $5 for nonmembers.

First, Guest Curators Eric Huff, Jordan Downs and Steve Aldana will participate in an insightful conversation with the Museum’s Chief Curator Anna Bermudez about their collaboration on the California Cool: Mid-century Modernism on the Central Coast exhibit.

Following the discussion, Laura Ackerman-Shaw will share recollections about her parents’ personal and professional lives that intertwined during their 64-year marriage. Through their combined complementary talents and temperaments, the Ackermans forged a prolific partnership that produced a wide range of timeless designs including ceramics, mosaics, tapestries, woodcarvings, and hardware, an unusual cross-disciplinary approach for designer-craftsmen.

Rounding out the afternoon is a documentary screening of In Tandem: The Life and Work of Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman. Filmmakers Katie Nartonis and Margaret Halkin debuted their film at Palm Springs Modernism Week. The film features extensive interviews with Jerry Ackerman and a rich roster of noted California design experts including internationally known designer Jonathan Adler. Their story is, at its heart, a love story, and it chronicles the legacy of two now legendary mid-century designer-craftsmen who were able to build a flourishing 50-year career.

Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St.
Cost: Free for Members, $5 for Nonmembers

The Museum of Ventura County celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region through its collections, exhibitions, events, educational programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community. The Museum has two locations. The main museum is located at 100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 and is open Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 805-653-0323. The Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, CA 93060 and is open Wednesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 805-525-3100. For more information, visit venturamuseum.org .

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