CI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art (Langson IMCA) will present a new exhibition featuring the work of influential artists who were part of a creative community active in the early 1900s along the banks of the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles County, California. Bohemian of the Arroyo Seco: Idah Meacham Strobridge is the first exhibition exploring the impact this pioneering gallerist and writer had on the development of Los Angeles culture during this period. A well-known author, accomplished bookbinder, rancher, and miner when she settled in the Arroyo Seco in 1901, Idah Meacham Strobridge (1855–1932) became a pivotal figure in the area’s burgeoning community of free spirits and cultural entrepreneurs.
Bohemian of the Arroyo Seco: Idah Meacham Strobridge is on view September 30, 2023 – January 13, 2024, at Langson IMCA’s interim museum location at 18881 Von Karman Avenue. Public programs will be announced closer to the opening.
About Idah Meacham Strobridge
Born in 1855 into a ranching family in California’s Moraga Valley outside Oakland, Idah Meacham and her parents relocated in 1863 to homestead a ranch in the remote desert of Humboldt County, Nevada. To serve the multitudes journeying west by wagon and rail, her father operated a hotel and restaurant called Humboldt House, a newly established Central Pacific Railroad station, where his daughter was exposed to a diversity of residents, guests, travelers, and passersby.
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