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December 18, 2021April 17, 2022

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo brings together more than 40 works—including paintings, watercolors, and photographs—to tell the story of the artist Jules Tavernier’s extraordinary career, with a focus on his masterwork Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California (1878). Major works by Tavernier (b. France, 1844–1889) are presented alongside historic and contemporary Pomo basketry and regalia from the Elem Pomo Indian Colony, revealing the resiliency and vitality of Elem Pomo culture. We are pleased to partner with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to present this exhibition, which explores the artist’s work from his travels in Nebraska, Wyoming, California, and the Hawaiian Islands through a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, including those of Pomo curators, offering new interpretations of his body of work.

Image: Jules Tavernier, "Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California," 1878. Oil on canvas, 48 × 72 1/4 in. (121.9 × 183.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Marguerite and Frank A. Cosgrove Jr. Fund, 2016 (2016.135)