Left Coast: National Juried Exhibition

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

Jun. 6, 2024 - Jul. 19, 2020

500 Palm Dr.
Novato, 94901
PHONE 415-506-0137


Left Coast: watch the virtual tour today
June 6 – July 19

The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art presents “Left Coast,” juried by gallerist Ken Harman Hashimoto. It features the work of 46 artists from across the country who are inspired by the ideology and allure of the West Coast. Although the museum is currently closed, viewers can experience this exhibit via the “Virtual Tour” available here (https://marinmoca.org/left-coast-exhibition).
A video of the juror’s “Walk and Talk” through the gallery will be available online in mid-June.

When storied newspaperman Horace Greeley encouraged the country to “Go West, Young Man” in the mid-1800s, he was speaking to the tenets of Manifest Destiny. The idealistic and controversial ideology behind this message resonated for decades after, though the lure of the “West Coast” has evolved over the generations.

Waves of migrants have flowed west, seeking land, fortune and work, including today’s current hopefuls working in tech, wine and the burgeoning marijuana industry. The longstanding magnetism of the West Coast is undeniable, but we will also catch a glimpse of some unfortunate consequences of such appeal.
Mr. Hashimoto says “This exhibition explores the appeal of the West Coast through the optics of contemporary art. From painting to drawing to photography to sculpture, the Left Coast has inspired as many artistic mediums and styles as it has historic movements and migrations. It is my hope that this exhibition will inspire viewers, as much as the Best Coast has inspired the many artists, poets, filmmakers, farmers, miners and workers throughout history.”

The museum is currently closed, but the exhibit is installed through July 19. We hope to reopen to the public soon.

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