Opening in fall 2020, Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College (“The Benton”) will provide a space for some of Southern California’s most compelling and experimental exhibitions. For decades, Pomona College has played a key part in shaping innovative artists, including Helen Pashgian, James Turrell, Peter Shelton, the late Marcia Hafif and the late Chris Burden. The Benton’s collection will include pieces from these alumni, and future exhibitions will place emphasis on cutting-edge art in the Los Angeles region.
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.
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.