Arts & Culture

Chris Burden’s “Meet in the Middle” at Roberts Pavilion

Chris Burden’s “Meet in the Middle,” installed in the plaza in front of Roberts Pavilion, allows students to interact with the artwork. The installation of eight street lamps and 24 benches is an homage to Burden’s “Urban Light” sculpture installation of 202 vintage street lamps at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery (Scripps College)

The Williamson Gallery is free and open to the public. The Gallery offers four exhibitions annually. While selected works from the permanent collection are displayed in exhibitions each year, the permanent collection is not on display. We are located in the courtyard adjacent to Eleventh St. and Columbia Ave., just north of the Baxter Building (Campus Security) at 251 E. Eleventh St., Claremont CA, 91711. Donations are welcome. For any questions, contact the Gallery offices at (909) 607-4690. We are open Wednesday–Sunday, 12–5 p.m. during exhibitions. The gallery is closed Monday and Tuesday and in between shows. Please check the gallery’s exhibition schedule for the dates of exhibitions. During Gallery hours, you may also call the Gallery directly at (909) 607-2029.

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College opens a new chapter with its elegant and brand-new building designed by Machado Silvetti and Gensler. A sophisticated structure of cast-in-place concrete and glass accented with wood and bronze, the building is open to its surroundings and the gentle light of Southern California, featuring an outdoor courtyard with a newly commissioned sculpture by Alison Saar. The museum celebrates its rebirth with a host of provocative inaugural exhibitions that demonstrate its long-standing commitment to contemporary art, including a major retrospective of Saar and monographic exhibitions of work by Alia Ali and Helen Pashgian. Permanent collection installations feature highlights from the museum’s wide-ranging holdings and provide the opportunity to see many objects never previously exhibited. Check the museum’s website ( or for latest information regarding the museum’s opening, anticipated in early 2021.

James Turrell Skyspace (“Dividing the Light”)

Called “one of the best works of public art in recent memory” by the Los Angeles Times, “Dividing the Light” gathers visitors on benches beneath a canopy that frames a window to the sky. At dusk and dawn a lighting program bathes the canopy in changing colors, from goldenrod to turquoise, altering the viewer’s perception of the sky. A shallow pool centered beneath the opening to the sky mirrors the daytime sky and reflects a dark echo of the night sky. Visit at 10 minutes before sunset and one hour before sunrise for the complete light show.

Folk Music Center and Museum

The Folk Music Center and Museum has been in Grammy-winner Ben Harper’s family since 1958, and features hundreds of instruments from around the world that visitors can actually touch and play. It’s become a destination for music lovers from as far away as Australia, Japan, and Europe. Many days you can meet Ellen Harper herself, working behind the counter.

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