Benton announces new slate of shows

Study for the Return of Ulysses by Luca Cambiaso will be on view at Pomona College’s Benton Museum of Art from February beginning on February 16. Photo/courtesy of Benton Museum of Art

Here’s what’s coming to Pomona College’s Benton Museum of Art in February.

The Benton will exhibit “Stitch Field: Alice-Marie Archer’s Agritextiles beginning Wednesday, February 14 and running through June 9. Using hand-knitted sheep’s wool to create sculptures lined with plants, artist Alice-Marie Archer offers an alternative take to the plastic-filled warehouses of plants associated with hydroponic systems in “Stitch Field,’” Visitors “will be able to see, smell, and feel the installation change daily as the seeds germinate, sprout, grow, and decay throughout the course of the exhibition,” read a Benton news release. “Archer’s sculptures will eventually be returned to the earth, completing the natural cycle of growth and death, and contributing once again to the local ecosystem.”

Infinity on Paper: Drawings from the Collections of the Benton Museum of Art and Jack Shear” opens Wednesday, February 14, and will remain on view through June 23. “Infinity on Paper” emerged from the Benton’s AllPaper Seminar, a professional development program introducing graduate students and young professionals to the field of works on paper. “The drawings in ‘Infinity on Paper’ are prisms through which audiences can reflect upon the numberless outcomes of the creative process and even the nature of representation itself,” read the news release.

Also opening February 14 is “Continuity: Cahuilla Basket Weavers and their Legacies,” with more than 140 baskets housed at the Benton representing the continuous relationships Cahuilla people have with their traditions, ancestral knowledge, lands, and one another. Many were collected in the Coachella Valley in the 1920s by Pomona College alumnus Emil Steffa, who recorded the names of some of the basket makers. “This exhibition tells a story of the importance of reunifying Native collection items with living descendants, while also acknowledging the institutional histories that have impacted local Native American communities,” read the exhibit description. The show is up through June 23.

500 Years of Italian Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum,” from the Princeton University Art Museum, showcases 95 works between the late 15th and early 20th centuries by Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and others. The works “vividly [convey] the universal appeal of drawing as one of the most intimate manifestations of the creative process,” according to the exhibit description. It runs Friday, February 16 through June 23.

The Benton, 120 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, is open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and until 10 p.m. Thursdays. For more information call (909) 621-8283 or email


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