Exhibition: Edna Bullock: Through a Dancer’s Eye Part of Year of the Woman 2018 at the Monterey Museum of Art

The Monterey Museum of Art Announces Exhibit
Edna Bullock: Through a Dancer’s Eye
Part of Year of the Woman 2018

Edna Bullock, Cats, San Jose Flea Market, 1982-1986, gelatin silver print, Gift of the Edna J. Bullock Trust, 1998.020.034

Continuing its celebration of women artists, the Monterey Museum of Art announces the opening of the photographic exhibit, “Edna Bullock: Through a Dancer’s Eye” featuring the work of California native Edna Bullock.

“Edna Bullock: Through a Dancer’s Eye”
Monterey Museum of Art Pacific Street
December 6, 2018 – March 10, 2019

Edna Bullock began a career in photography at the age of 61 after her husband, photographer Wynn Bullock, passed away. Although she was an important part of his life and work, her own inspiring story transformed her from supporter to prolific artist in her own right. The Monterey Museum of Art is pleased to end its Year of the Woman 2018 with a show drawn from its extensive collection of her work.

Bullock’s daughter Barbara Bullock-Wilson stated of the upcoming show, “Mom loved the Monterey Museum of Art. Before she died in 1997, she instructed my sister Lynne and me to posthumously gift a very significant collection of her photographs, along with books and other archival materials to “her” museum. Both Lynne and I are delighted that the MMA is concluding its Year of the Woman celebrations with an exhibition drawn from their permanent holdings of her work. The show will not only give Edna Bullock fans a long-awaited treat, it will give everyone who views it the opportunity to be freshly inspired by the remarkable story and imagery of a vibrant, multi-talented woman who began her photographic career at the age of 61.”

Edna Bullock photographs have been displayed in over 100 individual and group exhibitions throughout the US and abroad, reproduced in numerous publications, and included in the permanent collections of major museums and institutions worldwide. She is best known for her work on the nude, which was the subject of a traveling exhibition and catalogue “Edna’s Nudes” in 1995. The exhibition at MMA will feature a variety of aspects of her diverse production, including her nudes and intriguing studies of flea markets, fences, and tree knots.

Bullock was born in Hollister, CA in 1915 and first dreamed of pursuing a career as a professional dancer. Although she was persuaded to follow a different path, her passion never faded and manifested itself profoundly in her photographs. Her interest in the body and its form and movement is one of her most distinguishing features as an artist and is directly linked to her love of dance.

Bullock stated, “I’ve always enjoyed the human form, male and female, and photographing unadorned human beings in relation to themselves, each other, and their environments has been an enlightening, productive process for me.”

MMA Executive Director Stuart A. Chase echoed Barbara Bullock-Wilson’s sentiment about the upcoming show, “We are thrilled to end our Year of the Woman programming with works by Edna Bullock, whose inspiring story and cutting-edge photographs wholly reflect the mission and values of the Monterey Museum of Art.”

MMA’s Year of the Woman 2018 focuses on notable women artists of California and the Central Coast. By recognizing the work and wisdom of women artists past and present, the museum hopes to articulate an inclusive vision for the future.


Feb 20 2019 - Mar 11 2019


8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Monterey Museum of Art
559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940


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