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Discover Oxnard’s Cultural Side

Oxnard has a medley of museums. History buffs can enjoy a variety of museum experiences offering California art, maritime history and classic cars display.

Cultural Events in Oxnard

Carnegie Art Museum

EXHIBITIONS: December 9, 2018 - February 17, 2019
Catalysts of Chane - Luther Gerlach

In the aftermath of the 2017 Thomas Fire, Luther Gerlach
turned his camera on the destruction and regeneration spanning Ventura county, using chemical elements gathered from the landscape to bring the power of these natural forces to life.   

Photographer Luther Gerlach works in a variety of historical photographic processes, highlighting the role of constraints in creative production and the hand-made, tactile connection between the artist and his work. Known for nude portraits and urban scenes of downtown LA in his early career, more recently Gerlach has pioneered the re-emergence of plein air wet plate collodion landscapes. His work distills detailed images of the natural world, particularly the trees, seaweeds, and grasses of Southern California, to emphasize pure light and line, endowing his images with a subtly abstract quality.

Luther Gerlach was born in Blayne, Minnesota in 1960. He apprenticed with Brett Weston in Carmel and Hawaii in the 1980’s, before learning the wet plate process which he still works in today. Gerlach has led lectures and demonstrations at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles since 2001. He has exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Ventura Museum of Art, the Schaknow Museum of Fine Art, Miami, the Denver Art Museum, and The Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe. Selected permanent collections include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Michael G. Wilson Centre for Photography, among others.

The artist lives and works in Ventura, California.

Artist’s Gallery Talk: Thursday, January 31 -    6pm $5/ museum members free

Pastoral Crude
Recent landscape paintings by Karen Kitchel

These paintings continue Karen Kitchel’s longstanding commitment to make landscape paintings that transcend conventional portrayals of scenery, location, or nostalgic attempts to interpret “nature”.  Widely recognized for her multiple-panel installations of American grasslands and urban botany, this is the first west coast solo exhibition of her landscape paintings using asphalt emulsion.

Kitchel has worked throughout the coastal and interior west for more than thirty years, receiving her M.F.A. in painting from Claremont Graduate University in 1982.   Her work is in the permanent collections of multiple museums and private collections nationally and abroad, including the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Tucson Art Museum, the Joslyn Museum, the U.S. State Department, and the National Museum of Poland.   She is represented by Robischon Gallery of Denver, CO, and Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe, NM and New York, NY. She currently lives and works in Ventura, CA.

Artist’s Gallery Talk:  Thursday, January 24      6 pm $5/members free 


Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Featured Exhibit - Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California History

September 2 - December 30, 2018

CIMM Presents Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California  History. Opens to the Public Sunday, September 2, 2018; 10:00am – 4:00pm at 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard 93035. Explore the rich and surprising history of women and tattoos in California at CIMM’s newest exhibit.

While many may think of tattoos as a recent trend, inked women have a long history in California. From the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows to the upper-class inked women who helped popularize the tattoo craze; visitors will discover the largely unknown history of women and tattoos through photographs, personal histories, and artifacts. “We are so excited to share the remarkable stories of these women and connect them with tattooing today”, said Heather Behrens, Curator, and Collections Manager at CIMM.  

Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California History will be open until Sunday, December 30, 2018.   



Murphy Auto Museum

Exhibit: Classic Chevrolets

October 6-December 30, 2018

On November 3, 1911, Swiss race car driver and automotive engineer Louis Chevrolet co-founded the Chevrolet Motor Company in Detroit.

Chevrolet had a great influence on the American automobile market during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1953 it produced the Corvette a two-seater sports car with a fiberglass body. In 1957 Chevy introduced its first fuel injected engine, the Ramjet option on Corvette and passenger cars, priced at $484. In 1960 it introduced the Corvair, with a rear-mounted air-cooled engine. In 1963 one out of every ten cars sold in the United States was a Chevrolet.

During the 1960s and early 1970s, the standard Chevrolet, particularly the deluxe Impala series, became one of America's best selling lines of automobiles in history. Join us as we celebrate this iconic car company, Chevrolet.

Please spread the word and socialize the museum and our events with your friends and family.          


Seabee Museum

The U.S. Navy Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps have a rich tradition of protecting America's freedom and helping to build a better global community. The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum preserves their history, educate visitors, and promote the Seabee's famous "Can Do" spirit for generations to come. Established in in 1947, the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second oldest of the official Navy museums. It is located in a new state-of-the-art facility at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme and is open free to the public. Family friendly exhibits and programs engage and inspire visitors about the Naval Construction Force.

The Mullin Automotive Museum


Our newest exhibit will bring together a group of the finest French automobiles in the world, to tell the story of the most prominent companies in emerging automotive market.  Starting from the day of horse-drawn carriages, through the first understandings of aerodynamic form, this collection is one not to be missed!  Cars include several of the finest from the Mullin Collection including - 1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic, 1939 Delahaye 165, the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance winning 1935 Voisin Aerodyne!

Reservations required. $16 Adults, $13 Seniors (65+), $13 Student w/ID, $8 Children (3-12), Children under 2 & active Military with ID FREE.



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