The first fireflies exhibition in the world took place in 1979, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that we began to see the power of firefly art.
In 2006, a collaboration between the San Francisco-based Museum of Contemporary Art and the Los Angeles-based Contemporary Art Institute of America showcased more than 1,300 pieces of art by more than 500 artists including John Lissack, J. H. Anderson, John Muir, James H. Young, and more.
Now, the San Jose Museum of Art is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first firefly exhibition, with the opening of the Fireflies Art Exhibit at the Oakland Art Museum.
The exhibit, which opens on Thursday, explores fireflies as they emerged from the mouths of the night sky in the early 20th century.
The show’s curator, Artistic Director and Fireflies founder and curator of the exhibition’s master curator of Americana and Fine Arts Dr. Jennifer G. Bialek, told Business Insider that the exhibition was an attempt to give us a glimpse of the fireflies through the eyes of the artist and her audience.
“When we were creating these images and paintings, we knew we had to understand the human experience,” she said.
“I’m very much looking forward to seeing these images in the public realm.”
Bialck said that the exhibit will take up a lot of the museum’s limited space, as it is located on the grounds of the Oakland Museum of California.
The gallery is expected to open on August 10 and will house more than 400 works by more then 600 artists.
It will feature paintings by artists like Giorgio Vasari, Salvador Dali, and John Ford.
Bienvenue, the Oakland art museum, opened the Fireworks exhibit in 2006.
The museum has since expanded its exhibit and curated a number of other artworks, including a new show, A Woman of Light, which is on view through September 1.
BIALK told Business Insider that the Oakland Fireworks exhibition has also been a key component of the work the museum has been doing to engage women.
The exhibition features a selection of works by artists including Céline de Beaumont, Mimi Breen, and Maya Lin, who are all women artists.
Bieler Gallery in San Francisco also recently celebrated its 100th birthday, and this past June, the California Institute of the Arts also released the 100-year-old museum’s first exhibition of contemporary art, The Art of Modern Photography, which includes works by Andy Warhol, James Baldwin, and William Eggleston.
Bioler Gallery will host its next exhibition, The Color of the Wind, which will be shown through October 2018.
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“We’re trying to change the way we think about what it means to burn, and why it’s so important,” Bialk said.