California Museums


Pasadena Museum of History California

Pasadena Museum of History
470 W Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA  91103
(626) 577-1660

SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Exhibit Hours 12 Noon - 5 p.m. Wednesdays - Sundays Exhibit Admission $7 General; $6 Students & Seniors; Members & Children under 12 Free.

The Colorado Street Bridge Centennial Exhibition November 20, 2013 to April 19, 2014

Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Gallery

The mystique of the Colorado Street Bridge is undeniable. For nearly a century the grand landmark has stood as a beacon to all who come to Pasadena. Over the years the bridge has become a symbol of achievement in preservation, engineering and civic pride ~ an object of art and inspiration. Images by Tavo Olmos. On the occasion of the bridge centennial, this comprehensive exhibition will feature the work of the local artists, photographers, writers and designers who have portrayed the iconic structure over the past 100 years. The exhibit will pay homage to the people who built and preserved a beloved local landmark: the architects, the engineers, the builders, the civic leaders, and the community organizers who worked tirelessly to make it possible. And in doing so, will bring about an awareness and appreciation of a unique spirit in an uncommon place - Pasadena.

The story of the Colorado Street Bridge will be featured in historic photographs, drawings, and related ephemera from the collections of the Museum and the Pasadena Public Library. Juried local work including photography, contemporary artwork, and plein air paintings will be included. Photographs by Tavo Olmos of the 1991-1993 bridge reconstruction project will be featured. Various three-dimensional artifacts are also being planned for display throughout the gallery.

A commemorative plaque, on view in the exhibition, will be presented to the City of Pasadena on December 7 during a re-dedication ceremony at PMH in conjunction with the American Society of Civil Engineers and Pasadena Heritage. Related programming will include a panel discussion with local engineers and a discussion and book signing with Tavo Olmos, author of The Colorado Street Bridge: Restoration Project Photographs: 1991 1993.

Kites, Wings, & Other Flying Things Pasadena's History of Flight through Science, Art, & Design Wednesday, November20, 2013 to Saturday, April 19, 2014

mage: Knabenshue dirigible over the Raymond Hotel. Courtesy PMH Archives (A9-1d)

From the kite through the space age, this exhibition will examine the artistry and engineering behind rapidly advancing aeronautical technologies, as well as Pasadena's key place in the story of flight. The exhibition marries artist-designed kites with a timeline of flight in Pasadena. Kites Humankind's aspiration to flight began with the kite, an item that epitomizes the intersection of science and artistry. Kites in Southern California were influenced by Asian cultures as well as European, and that influence can be seen in their designs even today. In order to explore the history and variety of local kites, approximately fifteen kites on loan from local collectors will hang from the gallery ceiling. In spite of their variety, the construction of all kites is rooted in similar principles of mathematics and physics. As weapons during war and as recreation during peacetime, they have inspired leaps of the imagination, and eventually spawned an entire new sphere of discovery: aviation. Aviation For more than one hundred years almost from its inception Pasadena has played a significant role in the development of the aeronautics and aerospace industry and technology. From establishing local airfields to promoting daring feats of aviation, the city set the stage for its involvement in the growing field. Educational institutions, research facilities, and visionary entrepreneurs soon ensured the city's place as one of Southern California's centers of flight discovery and innovation. The timeline, illustrated with images from the Museum's vast collection of photographs, will explore the development of this quintessentially twentieth-century industry from Pasadena's point of view. Related artifacts and ephemera documenting the industry will also be on display.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

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