The California State Library will have materials displayed in two upcoming exhibits. One is the California State Railroad Museum's "Pick Me! Fruit Crate Art & the American Dream," which opens March 4th. These striking labels not only reflect a slice of California history but also bring one back to an early twentieth century pre-computer golden age of graphic art, when commercial advertising presented visually appealing designs containing a distinctly human element.
Another exhibit of interest will be presented at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from February 26 to June 7: "Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change." Muybridge was an English photographer who settled in California during the latter half of the nineteenth century, and is often considered the father of the motion picture due to his series of sequential photos which proved that, indeed, horses often have all four feet off the ground while running. The State Library has lent the exhibit an album of Muybridge's "mammoth plates" of California scenes along with several such loose prints, as well as an album of Guatemalan views containing a letter from Muybridge to the attorney who helped get him acquitted of shooting his wife's lover.