Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape
For the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in urban communities. The urban setting and its corresponding lifestyle are major sources of inspiration in contemporary culture. This is an historic revolution in visual culture, in which the codes and icons of the everyday—found on the streets in graffiti, signage, waste, tattoos, advertising, and graphic design—have been appropriated and used as an integral part of contemporary art-making. The urban landscape inspires and serves as both a platform for innovation and a vehicle for expression for many artists. The city itself, its buildings, vehicles, people, and advertisements, are not only the surface where the art is applied. The city fuels the practice.
A multifaceted exhibition that explores the dialogue between artists and the urban landscape, Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape features works both in the Museum’s galleries as well as at public sites throughout downtown San Diego.
The exhibition includes a diverse range of 20 artists from 10 countries that are linked together by how their work addresses urban issues -- Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Mark Bradford (U.S.), William Cordova (U.S.), Date Farmers (U.S.), Stephan Doitschinoff [CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Dzine (Puerto Rico), David Ellis (U.S.), FAILE (Canada), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.), Ryan McGinness (U.S.), Moris (Mexico), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and Vhils (Portugal).
Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape is curated by guest curator Pedro Alonzo and MCASD Associate Curator Lucía Sanromán.
Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego with guest curator Pedro Alonzo and MCASD Associate Curator Lucía Sanromán. The exhibition is made possible thanks to generous lead gifts from David C. Copley and Pauline Foster.
Additional support for the exhibition is from the Legler Benbough Endowment Fund at The San Diego Foundation and Paul and Linda Gotskind. Travel and accommodation for the artists is made possible by the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles, the Consulate General of México in San Diego, and the Mexican Cultural Institute. In-kind support is from Westfield Horton Plaza and Montana Colors.
The Sofia Hotel is the official hotel partner for Viva la Revolución.
Related programs at MCASD are supported by grants from The James Irvine Foundation Arts Innovation Fund, the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Institutional support for MCASD is provided, in part, by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.