Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing

Saturday, August 16, 2003Sunday, November 2, 2003

Santa Cruz Surfing Club, 1941, Collection of Harry Mayo 

Anthony Friedkin, Surfboard Blanks, 1978, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches, Courtesy of the artist 

Rick Griffin, Tales From the Tube, 1973, comic book, 9-1/4 x 7-14 inches 

Margaret Kilgallen, 
Linda Mar, 1999, 
color sugarlift and spitbite 
aquatint etching, 
26 x 19 inches 

Ambrose Patterson, Surfriders, Honolulu, c.1915, wood block print, Collection of Randy Hild 

Sandow Birk, 
North Swell (Washington Crossing the Delaware)
1990, oil on canvas, 
37-1/2 x 63 inches, 
Collection Laguna Art Museum 

This major exhibition surveyed the connection between the visual arts and surfing and filled the entire second floor of the Museum’s New Wing. Organized by the Orange County–based Laguna Art Museum, the exhibition was featured in the New York Times as well as numerous other national publications throughout its tour with stops in Hawaii and Virginia.

The Mercury News and NBC-11 were media sponsors of the Surf Culture exhibition. Additional support was provided by Quiksilver.

City of San Jose
National Endowment of the Arts
he California Arts Council
William Randolph Hearst Education Endowment
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Mercury News and NBC-11
Koret Foundation
Hewlett-Packard Company