“Penelope Gottlieb: The Invasive Plant” Exhibtion at Monterey Museum of Art

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary Season, the Monterey Museum of Art announces “Penelope Gottlieb: The Invasive Plant” featuring classic Audubon print plates overpainted with invasive plant species.

“Penelope Gottlieb: The Invasive Plant”
Monterey Museum of Art Pacific Street
September 6 – December 8, 2019

The “Invasive Plant” series appropriates and significantly alters existing print plates from the John James Audubon archive. In these paintings, Gottlieb reconsiders the iconic 19th century imagery by binding the classic Audubon birds with tightly woven bands of invasive plant species. The images stage an invasion of this historical imagery, enacting the ravages of a contemporary ecological phenomenon wherein non-native species are introduced into an environment and overtake the balance of its delicate ecosystem.

Gottlieb states of her work, “I took images by Audubon which I discovered were the direct result of his literally ruinous study of nature, and I introduced invasive species into them, thereby turning the aggressive force of “nature” onto itself. In these new hybrid works, Audubon’s stuffed birds become stand-ins for the self, and for the fragility of life under environmental siege.”

Through this exhibition, the Monterey Museum of Art seeks to draw attention to the growing environmental crisis and the fragility of our natural surroundings. In a region steeped in rich artistic tradition and surrounded by magnificent natural wonders as Monterey Bay, Gottlieb’s work shines as a testament to a growing culture of preservation and awareness.

After receiving her BFA from the Art Center College for Design in Pasadena, Penelope Gottlieb went on to earn her MFA from the University of California in Santa Barbara where she currently lives and works. Gottlieb’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including: The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, the Nevada Museum of Art, LACMA, and others. Her work is included in private and public collections including: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Chicago Art Institute, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, The Whitney Museum of Western Art, and The Nevada Museum of Art, among others. In addition to her paintings on prints, Penelope Gottlieb won an Emmy for Motion Picture Title Design.

Gottlieb will be presenting an Artist Talk on Saturday, September 7 from 10:00 – 11:30 am at MMA La Mirada Cultural Center. From vanishing species to invasive plants, Gottlieb shares how she uses beauty to spark a conversation about the fragility of nature.


WHAT: “Penelope Gottlieb: The Invasive Plant”, Reproductions of classic John James Audubon prints overpainted with tightly woven bands of invasive plant species

WHEN: September 6 – December 8, 2019

WHERE: 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940; Open Daily 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Closed Wednesdays)

General Admission: $10.00
Museum Members/Children under 18/Students/Active Military: Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit montereyart.org


Nov 22 2019 - Dec 09 2019


11:00 am - 5:00 pm



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