Enjoy museum events and learning from home.
Originally scheduled to open in early March, but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Huelga! Photographs from the Frontlines by Jorge Corralejo and Legacy: Seven Decades of Ventura College Art are now available as virtual exhibits! Visitors can now virtually step directly into the Museum of Ventura County’s exhibit space and explore in great detail thanks to the generosity of Troy Wagner and Virtual Tours Ventura.
“We are very thankful to be able to bring this exciting new tour of the Museum, straight to your home. Our friends at Virtual Tours Ventura, along with the Ventura College Art Department and Jorge Corralejo, have created an intimate and informative look at what is going on at the Museum,” says Elena Brokaw, The Barbara Barnard Smith Executive Director of the Museum of Ventura County. “We are committed to continuing to bring you more tours like these to make sure we can share our continuing programming.”
Legacy: Seven Decades of Ventura College Art presents a survey of the history, instructors, and artists who came out of the Ventura College art department. Huelga! Photographs from the Frontlines by Jorge Corralejo features the work of longtime local activist and civic leader Jorge Corralejo, including photography from the 1970s labor strikes displayed with memorabilia from the museum’s collection and Jorge himself. Virtual visitors will learn about Jorge Corralejo’s time with United Farm Workers, working alongside Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta from the Boston A & P strikes to the streets of Oxnard.
Additionally, the Museum of Ventura County released an in-depth look at California Cool: Mid-century Modernism on the Central Coast, originally on display from September 2019—February 2020. Virtual visitors are invited to step back in time to a cooler and more sophisticated era of design with this online tour, offering a thorough look at many of the artifacts and artwork featured in the exhibit, including the Nelson Coconut Chair, pottery by renowned ceramicist Otto Heino, and special items from the collection of Eric Huff. More virtual exhibits from the museum’s extensive history will be added in the coming weeks.
The Museum of Ventura County is committed to providing educational resources during this difficult time so children and their families can continue to learn and participate from the comfort and safety of their home. The Museum continues to release its series of Virtual Learning Modules in an effort to engage our community of learners.
“During the stay-at-home period, we want our community to know the Museum is here for them,” explains Robert Cromwell, Education Manager of the Museum of Ventura County. “We organize our content around a topic that parents and teachers can pick and choose what they might find most useful to share with their learners. We cover history, arts and crafts, and environmental science topics ranging from Oak Trees and nature-journaling to how kids and families supported WWII Mobilization.”
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