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The Golden Age of Art Nouveau

An All-Inclusive Exhibition Calendar in Honor of Alphonse Mucha:

The Golden Age of Art Nouveau  

The Central Valley’s Most Prestige Art Center Brings A One-of-a-Kind

 Exhibit, Gala, Lectures, Music, Field Trips and Family Art Fun to Turlock


June 9, 2015/Turlock,CA, – Alphonse Mucha: The Golden Age of Art Nouveau includes more than 70 original works by the artist many consider the creator of the Art Nouveau style. Vintage lithographs, including some unique proof copies, original drawings and paintings, books and advertising ephemera, make up one of the largest private collections of Mucha’s work. Marking the kick-off of a nationwide tour, the exhibit will run from September 13, 2015 through January 10, 2016.


“Alphonse Mucha’s represents the epitome of the elegant Art Nouveau style and was enormously influential all over Europe and America in the first decade of the 20th century” says Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Arts Center. “Not surprisingly, Mucha’s style came back into fashion in the 1960s when his free, fluid lines and organic motifs permeated the graphic design of the early “hippie” era. When we look at Mucha’s advertising posters, it is not hard to see the influence on the design of psychedelic posters from 1960s rock concerts.”


Fall Mucha Exhibition Program

  • Preview Gala

o   The annual Carnegie Arts Center Gala will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 6-11PM and will serve as the special preview for the Alphonse Mucha exhibit. In honor of Mucha’s art, the gala will be entirely Parisian themed and will feature cocktails and Parisian dinner, live music provided by Hot Club Faux Gitane, dancing and live & silent auctions. Member discount and “early bird special” ticket prices are $125 through August 1st.  To purchase ticket please visit  Sponsorships available.

  • Lectures

o   Educational programs will include a gallery talk by art collector Raj Dhawan on September 13, as well as other lectures on the period and the influence of Art Nouveau style through to the present day.

  • Concerts

o   In a concert with CSU Stanislaus Jazz Studies Director Joe Mazzaferro on September 22 the music will feature themes of early jazz and ragtime that developed during the period in which Alphonse Mucha was making art.

  • Field Trips

o   School groups from around the region can take part in a unique field trip experience; students will view the exhibition with a trained docent and create their own poster designs in a hands-on art activity.

  • Family Friday

o   Free events for families will include a fun-filled evening of traditional Slavic dances (October) and a demonstration and lesson in calligraphy and graphic lettering (November).


Exhibition Ticket Prices  

  • $10 General Admission
  • $8 Students & Seniors
  • Free for Carnegie members and children 12 and under


About Alphonse Mucha & The Exhibit

Organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, the exhibition shows Mucha at the height of his career in Paris during the years 1890-1910. The exhibition is drawn from the holdings of the Dhawan collection, Los Angeles, which is one of the largest and finest collections of Mucha’s work in the United States.  Mucha made his name in Paris in 1894 with his first poster advertising a play starring famed actress Sarah Bernhardt. For the next several years the organic, fluid, stylized designs he created was termed “Le Style Mucha” and was emulated by many artists of his generation.


About the Carnegie Arts Center – Turlock

The historic Carnegie Library opened in 1916, and is now one of only a handful of art centers in the region. The Carnegie’s programs include exhibitions, education classes and programs, lectures, and activities in artistic genres as diverse as dance, music, theater and more. At least 25% of all programming is dedicated to children and teens. The Carnegie Arts Center Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.



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