The Museum of Ventura County presents The Place We Call Home

The exhibition celebrates the diversity of our County.

In honor of the County of Ventura’s 150th Anniversary, the Museum of Ventura County (MVC) is pleased to present Ventura County, The Place We Call Home. Curated by Carlos Ortega, the exhibition celebrates the diversity of our County by exploring different interpretations of home.

Mr. Ortega said, “As MVC’s recently appointed Chief Curator, Ventura County, The Place We Call Home is the first of what I hope will be many engaging, immersive exhibits that seamlessly blend the past with the present and reflect the stories and experiences of our diverse community.”

Home means something different to everyone. Some people think of home as a place: the house or the neighborhood where they grew up. For some, home lives in their memories of celebrations and hardships. For others, family and friends make them “feel at home.”

Using installations as well as photographs, this exhibition highlights the lives of people living in Ventura County and examines their relationship to home, to community, and to each other. The historical photos are drawn from the Museum’s Research Library, as well as historical societies throughout the County. The photographs of the County today are by a diverse group of photographers and artists.

The contemporary photographers and artists contributing to the exhibition are, Ben Bribriesca, Cristian Castro, Jorge Corralejo, Blake Fagan, Leah Mata Fragua, Porfirio Gutierrez, MB Hanrahan, Oliver Krisch, Trinh Mai, Cris Mejia, Amy Oliver, Liisa Pynnonen, Zaydee Sanchez, George Sandoval, and Amadeo Sumano.

The exhibition will open at the Santa Paula Agriculture Museum at the Mountains to Sea Jubilee Event on Oct. 21, 2023, and run through October 6, 2024. The exhibition will also be on view at the following venues: Bank of America Performing Arts Center Thousand Oaks opens Nov. 11, 2023, Oxnard College at Condor Hall opens Nov. 27, 2023, and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Activity Center opens December 9, 2023. “We are thrilled to unveil an exceptional museum exhibition that delves deep into the intricate tapestry of ‘Home’ within our community. I am immensely proud to present this thought-provoking exploration of the myriad ways in which ‘home’ resonates with each and every one of us,” stated Elena Brokaw, The Barbara Barnard Smith Executive Director.

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