Keith + Kari

September 15–December 12, 2021

Kari Marboe, a contemporary ceramic artist living and working in the Bay Area, creates site-specific work in response to the 19th century California landscape painter, William Keith. Kari explores how form, materials, and aesthetics can record a site's meaning and representation of truth. Through interviews and visits, Kari contemplates three Bay Area sites: Lagunitas, Stinson Beach, and Mount Tamalpais and how these locations, previously pursed, sketched, and painted by William Keith in the 1870s-1910s, appear over 100 years later. Kari reimagines Keith's interpretations of these physical and topographical terrains through molding materials of clay, soil, and earth. Her fourth location, the moon, redirects the focus from the physical site to an aesthetic mood, exploring a universally gazed upon subject in a nocturnal setting and light. Keith + Kari, on view from September 15 through December 12, 2021, uncovers and builds forth a physical layer of earth and representation, adding an exploratory dimension to the rhetoric and observations of the California landscape and how "truth of place" can shift yet remain the same. 

This exhibition is curated by the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art Director, Lauren MacDonald. 







About the Artist:

Kari Marboe takes on the role of an artist and detective, flattening as many data points as possible around the history of people, objects, and experiences in order to create new narratives that intertwine with our present moment. She presents her work in the form of ceramic sculptures, clay screen printed onto watercolor paper, archival images, accidentally stolen keys, and other site-specific elements. Marboe earned her BFA from California College of the Arts in 2008 and then her MFA from UC Berkeley in 2012. She has exhibited work at the Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, CA, Mills College Art Museum, CA, A-B Projects (Nicole Seisler), CA, 500 Capp Street/Southern Exposure, CA, Berkeley Art Center, CA, Museum of Craft and Design, CA, Wave Pool Gallery, OH, Museum of Northern California Art, CA, Jacksonville University, FL, and the Waffle Shop Billboard, PA. She has also participated in residencies at Greenwich House Pottery, NY, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, ME, Mutual Stores, CA, and Elsewhere Museum, NC. Marboe lives in the Bay Area and is currently an Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts.


Related Programs: 


Opening Celebration 

Thursday, September 16 | 4–7 p.m. 

Save the Date! Join the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of our Fall Exhibitions Keith + Kari and Collective Memories. More information to come. Explore the upcoming exhibitions here >>

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Third Thursday | Artist Dialogue + Art-Making 

Thursday, November 18 | TBA

As part of the Museum of Art's Third Thursday, join us for an evening of art-making and dialogue featuring Fall exhibition artist, Kari Marboe. More information to come

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Healing the Earth: Environmental Art

Thursday, December 2 | 6–7:30 p.m. 

Environmental Art is a critical expression of our time and the future. In partnership with the SMC Sustainability Committee, join the Museum of Art for a panel discussion that explores art as a medium to respond to environmental changes and impacts. This panel discussion is moderated by Lauren MacDonald, the Dean of the Library and Academic Resources and Director of the Museum.

More information forthcoming.