The Santa Monica History Museum presents From the Ground Up: The Life of Vernon Brunson; an examination of Vernon Brunson’s remarkable life in Santa Monica and his impact on the community through his creative and scientific endeavors and commitment to civil rights.
Born into one of the first Black families in Santa Monica, Brunson was a poet, playwright, and columnist for the California Eagle newspaper. Despite encountering barriers in aviation due to racism, he channeled his passion by becoming an electromechanical designer at Hughes Aircraft. Additionally, he founded a branch of the Black Wings Flying Club, championing inclusivity in aviation.
The exhibition positions Brunson within the context of Black architects like Paul Revere Williams, showcasing his collaborations and highlighting his impact on the architectural landscape. Visitors can expect to see a diverse array of his work, from architectural plans to paintings, furniture designs, and even a unique "selfie" mechanism he created for his camera.
February 3 Through December 2024. In the Quinn Gallery
Museum Hours: Thursday 2-5, Friday through Sunday 11-5
Date and Time
Saturday Feb 17, 2024 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST
Santa Monica History Museum
1350 7th Street
SM CA 90401
Admission is FREE for Students, Seniors, Kids, Active Duty Military/Veterans, SNAP/EBT Cardholders.
General admission $5.00
Santa Monica History Museum is a Museums for All partner institution.