• August 24, 2016

CBU Gallery Features Work From Renowned Architect?S Collection

Riverside, Calif. (June 12, 2015) -- The CBU Gallery usually presents works by California Baptist University students and local artists.

Now a new type of show is at the gallery. "Cliff May and the California Home" features historic drawings and photographs from the collection of renowned Southern California architect.

The exhibit is the gallery's "first museum-grade show," meaning it is similar to those presented at a museum such as the Getty or Norton Simon, said Dr. Katherine Papineau, assistant professor of architecture and art history.

"We want to put CBU on the art map and we are doing that by hosting a museum show," she said.

May is known as the "father of the ranch house," a sprawling, single-story home. The home is usually designed around a private courtyard with thick adobe walls, inspired by indigenous dwellings. His exploration of the ranch house promoted the California lifestyle and indoor-outdoor living. He built homes throughout Southern California and a substantial development in Long Beach. The work in the exhibit, which covers 1931-1965, is on loan from the "Cliff May Papers, Architecture and Design Collection" at UC Santa Barbara.

"This kind of show elevates the status of our gallery," Papineau said. The gallery in downtown Riverside sits adjacent to the established UCR ARTSblock, which consists of three University of California, Riverside, art institutions.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 6. On June 20 at 4 p.m., Papineau will host a Curator's Walk through the gallery, explaining the drawings and photographs.  On July 10, the film "Lutah" will be screened. "Lutah" is a documentary of the life and work of Lutah Maria Riggs, a 19th Southern California architect who built in a style similar to that of May.