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SoCal | Behind-the-Scenes Tour – Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College

June 3, 2022 | 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

exterior shot of the Benton Museum

Please join us for a private behind-the-scenes and gallery tour of the new Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College. The Benton Museum is a space for the region’s most compelling and innovative exhibitions. Building on a long tradition of excellence at the alma mater of such artistic pioneers such as James Turrell, Helen Pashgian and Chris Burden, the BMA will host the next wave of groundbreaking artists and offer a state-of-the-art site for a growing permanent collection, ranging from Native American art to Renaissance panel paintings to works by such artists as Karl Benjamin, Rico Lebrun and José Clemente Orozco. Senior Curator, Rebecca McGrew will provide us with a tour of the permanent collection galleries as well as their current exhibitions. Steve Comba, Associate Director & Registrar will provide us with a behind-the-scenes portion of the tour of the museums’ collection spaces.

This program is open to ArtTable members only for $15. Space is limited.

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All guests are required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing during your visit.

All of the museum’s galleries, entrances, and courtyard are accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who cannot use stairs.

Accessible parking and drop-off can be found on College Avenue in front of our courtyard closer to Second Avenue.

All restroom locations include an accessible restroom with a changing table.

Trained service animals are welcome in all spaces throughout the museum. We welcome other supervised and leashed domesticated animals only in the museum’s courtyard.

If you would like more information about accessibility or need particular accommodations for this program, please email Haley at

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College is located at 120 West Bonita Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.

Driving Directions

  • From the 10, exit Indian Hill Blvd, then go north and turn right on Bonita Avenue.
  • From the 210, exit at Towne Avenue and go south to Foothill Blvd. Turn left on Foothill and continue east to College Avenue, then turn right. Go about 1 mile to Bonita.

By Rail

  • The Metrolink train station in Claremont is three blocks from the museum. Take the San Bernardino line east from Union Station in Los Angeles, or west from San Bernardino.
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About the Speakers

Rebecca McGrew is the Senior Curator at the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College. Her current exhibitions include Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe (2020-21, co-curated with Irene Tsatsos, Armory Center for the Arts), Sadie Barnette: Legacy & Legend (2021, co-curated with Ciara Ennis, Pitzer College Art Galleries); Alia Ali: Project Series 53 (2020-21), and Helen Pashgian: New Work (2020-21).

McGrew is the recipient of the Fellows of Contemporary Art’s 2020 Curator’s Award, a Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship (2007), and Getty Foundation grants under the Pacific Standard Time initiatives in 2009–11 and 2014–16. McGrew has held curatorial positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. She received her B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. in art history from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Future exhibitions include Each Day Begins with the Sun Rising: Four Artists from Hiroshima (2022), Christina Fernandez: Under the Sun (2022), Kameelah Janaan Rasheed: Worshipping at the Altar of Certainty (2022, Williams College Museum of Art), June Harwood: A Retrospective (2023), and Fred Eversley (2024, co-curated with Glenn Phillips as part of Getty Foundation’s PST).

Recent exhibitions include Todd Gray: Euclidean Gris Gris (2019-20); Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart (2018); Project Series 52: Hayv Kahraman (2018); and Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco (2017). She has organized many other exhibitions including the award-winning and critically acclaimed It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969–1973 (2011–12, co-curated with Glenn Phillips).

Steve Comba is the Associate Director/Registrar at the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona
College. He received his BA from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara and his
MFA from Claremont Graduate University. In addition to being a practicing studio artist, he has
also worked in the museum field for the past 36 years. His experience in the field includes
administrative, registrarial, and curatorial projects ranging from historical to contemporary art. In
2011, he designed and opened the Native American Collection Study Center at Pomona College.
In 2012 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Western Museums Association. In 2015
he was awarded the Peter W. Stanley Distinguished Staff Award from Pomona College.

Thank you to ArtTable Southern California Chapter Leader Jacqueline Cabrera for organizing this program.

Image: The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, Photo by Richard Barnes

Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College

20 West Bonita Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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