Bowers Museum: Disney magic and Orange County history

Bowers Museum: Disney magic and Orange County history
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Writer’s note: The Powers Museum gave writer Brandon Nguyen and photographer Kevin Doan free tickets. They paid an extra $10 each to get to the Disney Fair.

Disney artifacts include the legendary “eye of Agamoto” by Dr. Strange that held the time stone in “Avengers: Infinity War” and the glass slippers from “Cinderella.” These iconic items we grew up watching around the world have now arrived in Orange County in Powers Museum. This is part of Disney’s limited exhibition “All Those Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives” that allows visitors to remember their favorite movies.

The Powers Museum has come a long way since it opened in 1936. Vice President of Foreign Affairs Kelly Bishop noted her experience since joining the museum four years ago and the museum’s evolution. From its beginning as a small local museum in Santa Ana, it has now adapted to the 21st century to new ways of viewing from around the country.

“in a [relatively] A short time here, the museum has grown so dramatically that we have had to quickly adapt to unprecedented times during a global pandemic,” Bishop said. “It has challenged our old ways of thinking about what a museum could be and forced us into a new digital platform that allows for greater access globally. and reach the world.”

After the entrance to the Ruth Siegel Bell Tower (South Entrance), visitors are welcomed into the Key Courtyard, a garden with lush plants. Immediately they will see Mrs. Powers Memorial Foundation with a statue representing the Spanish conquistador and on the right, a plaque of an indigenous tribe. The theme that visitors will see is that the Powers Museum represents all aspects of Orange County history.

The first exhibition to go inside, “The Artist’s Legacy: The Anne and Bill Cullen Collection” is the first exhibition visitors see. These paintings come from the property of Anne and Bill McComber-Cullen, art experts in Southern California. Anne Cullen is best known for her career as an actress who has starred in hit shows like ‘Video Lux Theatre’.. Bill Cullen was a popular game show host in the iconic movie The Price Is Right. Collins’ paintings depict a watercolor of life in New York City during the 1960s and a California country house.

Upon exiting the Artist Legacy Gallery and prior to the Disney Fair, visitors will enter the hallway that houses the Sacred Realms. Show. It contains nine different paintings of the Buddhist monk Shashi Zog Tulashan. Tulashan painted these paintings through the practice of thangka, a Tibetan Buddhist tradition of helping monks meditate in order to achieve enlightenment.

Right ahead is the Disney Gallery, which houses over 400 artifacts that were used in Disney movies. It includes the “ice crown” worn by Jodis the White Witch in the legendary movie, The Chronicles of Narnia. There are also emblematic artifacts in Disney history such as the “brooch set” worn by Disney princesses at the Disney resort, in celebration of Disney’s 50th anniversary.

After the Disney fair, there is a small arcade that houses the “Ceramics of Western Mexico” exhibit. This gallery contains pre-Columbian art that symbolizes the daily lives of now West Mexicans, the states of Colima, Nayarit and Jalisco. The left image is a ceramic figurine of the Colima dog, which was a common pet and believed to be loyal throughout the afterlife. The right image is a clay structure believed to have religious significance.

Once past the Ceramics of Western Mexico, visitors walking down the hall will enter the First Californians exhibit showcasing the lifestyle of the first indigenous tribes in Southern California. In the left photo, a spinning water bottle that was part of the Chumash culture, an indigenous tribe who lived in the Koyama Valley from around 1500 to 1700 AD. Correct image is from women’s basket hats woven from plant fibers and from the Hoba, an indigenous tribe from northwestern California.

In the “California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos” exhibit, there is a wide range of history of the colonists and Mexicans who originally lived there before. Left photo of Pio Pico and his family, the last Mexican governor of California before California was annexed to the United States after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Right image of Saint Anthony the Great holding baby Jesus, who was known for his holy ability to help people find lost objects.

Returning from the north entrance, visitors enter a large hall with entrance to three galleries. One of these three is “The Ancient Arts of China: The Legacy of 5000 Years” Which collected art from Shanghai Museum. On the left is a scientific study duplicated after what scholars did during the Ming Dynasty. Scholarly study was a place where scholars focused on practicing calligraphy, studying philosophy, and preserving what were known as the “Four Treasures of the Scholars Studio”. The correct image is a semi-formal men’s robe known as jifu and part of the Qing dynasty.

The second exhibition in the North Entrance Hall is “Spirituals and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands”. This gallery contains artwork from Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia with artifacts from large to small tribes. The left image is a suit of armor and swords made of shark teeth, tapa, human hair, and more. This is from the Kiribati culture during the 1930s that was used in wars and ceremonial duels between different villages. The right image is a necklace of human teeth found in Fiji, Polynesia during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is believed to be worn by members of high status or traded as a prestigious item.

The third gallery in the north gallery is Gemstone Sculptures: Masterpieces by Harold Van Pelt Show. It is the work of Harvold Van Pelt, who has spent more than 35 years perfecting how to polish stones to bring out their transparency and color. The image on the left is an Australian chrysoprase polished down in the shape of a candlestick. The right image is a carved amethyst in a cup with 24 flutes.

While I can only show a lot with an article, the full experience can be found at 2002 Main Street Avenue. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets cost $12 for students, $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $10 for children under 10. There is also a digital experience that can be found through files digital guide. While the Disney Show is set to end on June 19, 2022, Bishop expressed that the museum will not stop continuing to host new and exciting exhibitions.

“We continue to honor and celebrate the world’s greatest arts and cultures, and this includes a powerful platform for local history,” Bishop said. “Always make sure to see upcoming featured exhibitions, we will be opening a massive featured exhibition on February 12 titled ‘Everest: Ascent to Glory,’ which will run concurrently through August.”


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