MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES UPCOMING WINTER AND SPRING PROGRAMS

 
 
Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 - 1:03 pm

San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present a robust line-up of exhibition-focused programs and events designed to help visitors engage with a new round of exhibitions, including Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance, Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, A Legacy of Art Loved: Gifts from Robert and Dorothy Shapiro, Dear Nemesis, Nicole Eisenman 1993-2013, Sarah Cain, andProspect 2015. To purchase tickets or to learn more about these events and exhibitions, please visit www.mcasd.org.

For high-resolution images or interviews with MCASD Curators, please contact Leah Straub or Patricia B. Dwyer.

Arena: Rudie Can’t Fail: Jamaica and the Sound of Popular Protest
Thursday, January 8 > 6:30 PM
MCASD Downtown
Arena(1997), Rita McBride’s celebrated and well-traveled modular tribune, has hosted more than 100 artists, poets, writers, architects, musicians, curators, and politicians. In conjunction with the exhibition Rita McBride: Public Tilt, McBride has invited Los Angeles-based artists Meg Cranston and Chris Wilder to activate this forum with “Rudie Can’t Fail: Jamaica and The Sound of Popular Protest.” The informal lecture and listening session will explore the tremendous impact Jamaican musicians have had on popular music, including well known styles such as ska, reggae, and dub, as well as the less obviously connected styles of punk, disco, rap, and early electronica. German-based artist Magdalena Kita will both open and close the program with Californication—two five-minute choreographed pieces involving 10 participants presenting actions typically performed on the beach, or in a pool or fitness studio. This program is free for Members and students, and $10 for non-members.

Rudie Can’t Fail: C.A.T. Series Event
Immediately following Arena: Rudie Can’t Fail: Jamaica and the Sound of Popular Protest, Avant Garde Members and above are invited to join the artists for a hosted drink and conversation about the experience. Avant Garde Members also receive free admission to the Arena program. Please RSVP to RSVP@mcasd.org.

Extended School Partnership Program Showcase: High Tech High Chula Vista
Thursday, January 15 > 5-6:30 PM
MCASD Downtown
Through the Museum’s Extended School Partnership (ESP) program, High Tech High Chula Vista art and humanities students explored the exhibitions James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash), This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen, and Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting. These students created artworks and writings in response to the works on view. Join the HTHCV students in the Berglund Room at MCASD Downtown to celebrate their works. This event is held during Free Third Thursday and is free to attend.

Members’ Opening: Laugh-In: Art, Comedy, Performance
Thursday, January 22 > 6 PM Supporters’ Reception > 7 PM Members’ Opening > 7:30 PM International Collectors Dinner
MCASD La Jolla
Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance explores the recent turn toward comedic performance in contemporary art. The exhibition presents the work of 20 artists who engage strategies of stand-up comedy as a means to reframe questions surrounding performance, audience, and public speech. Join us for the Supporters' Reception and Members' Opening and be part of this entertaining evening. International Collectors are also invited to join us for a dinner launching a year-long celebration of the International Collectors' 30th Diamond Anniversary following the Supporters' Reception. The Members' Opening is free for Members, $10 for non-members, and $8 for students.

A Curator’s Perspective: Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance
Monday, January 26 > 2 PM
MCASD La Jolla
Take part in a gallery walkthrough led by Associate Curator Jill Dawsey. This tour and conversation invites visitors to ask questions and learn about Laugh-in artists’ processes, or particular works of art. The fee for this event is included in Museum admission.

Blind Date: Vermin on the Mount
Friday, February 6 > 12 PM
MCASD Downtown
In conjunction with the exhibition Rita McBride: Public Tilt, the Museum has invited Vermin on the Mount to activate Rita McBride’s Arena (1997). Take a break from your routine and join us for this lively public reading, where local writers will read their original works. The fee for this event is included in Museum admission.

Extended School Partnership Program Showcase: Chula Vista High School
Thursday, February 19 > 5-6:30 PM
MCASD Downtown
Through the Museum’s Extended School Partnership (ESP) program, Chula Vista High School art, biology, and art history students explored the exhibitions This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen, Rita McBride: Public Tilt, and Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting, and created artworks and writings of their own in response to the works on view. Join the Chula Vista High School students in the Berglund Room at MCASD Downtown and celebrate their works. This event is held during Free Third Thursday and is free to attend.

Field Trip: Explore Baja’s Art Scene
Friday, February 27 > 10 AM
Downtown departure
Grab your passport and join MCASD for an exploration of the art, food, and wine of El Valle de Guadalupe. We will start our journey by visiting the art space TJ in China Project Room, run by artists Daniel Ruanova and Meli Barragan. Then we’ll explore Encuentro Guadalupe by architect Jorge Gracia, and end our trip with a visit to La Curva Studios of Einar and Jamex de La Torre, whose works are internationally recognized and broadly collected in San Diego. Tickets include lunch and round-trip border transportation. Space is limited. For questions, please email membership@mcasd.orgwith the subject line “Field Trip.” This program is $115 for Members and $135 for non-members.

Family ArtLAB: Absurd Art
Saturday, February 28 > 2-4 PM
MCASD La Jolla
Take part in a Look/Explore tour and let our Gallery Educators lead you and your family in lively conversation about the exhibition Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance. Following your gallery exploration, enjoy an improv workshop and learn how to create absurd animated GIFs. This program is recommended for families with children ages five and older. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; capacity is limited to 60 participants. This program is free for MCASD Members and Military families, and $15 for non-members. Price includes admission and materials for two adults and up to three youth.

TNT
Thursday, March 5 > 7-10 PM
MCASD Downtown
Dive deeper into the art with tours, art-making activities, live music on the plaza, tasty cocktails, and delicious bites from Green Food Truck. This TNT offers the opportunity to celebrate our newest exhibition, Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui. This program is free for Members, $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for non-members.

15th Annual Axline Lecture Featuring El Anatsui
Saturday, March 7 > 11 AM-12:30 PM
MCASD La Jolla
On the occasion of the exhibition Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, which will be on view at our downtown campus, the Museum of Contemporary Art and The San Diego Museum of Art invite you to the 15th annual Axline Lecture to celebrate the magnificent work of El Anatsui. El Anatsui is an internationally renowned artist best known for transforming simple materials into complex assemblages that create a distinctive visual impact. Roberta Smith of The New York Times writes “…the works evoke lace but also chain mail; quilts but also animal hides; garments but also mosaic, not to mention the rich ceremonial cloths of numerous cultures. Their drapes and folds have a voluptuous sculptural presence, but also an undeniably glamorous bravado.” This event honors Jackie and Rea Axline, whose generosity and philanthropic leadership inspired endowments to both museums in 1999. Tickets are $5 for Members, and $10 for non-members. Please note, this lecture is anticipated to sell out. Unclaimed tickets will be released for sale to the general public at 7:10 PM.

A Curator’s Perspective: Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui
Monday, March 9 > 2 PM
MCASD Downtown
Celebrate the opening of Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui and take part in a gallery walkthrough led by Chief Curator Kathryn Kanjo. This tour and conversation invites visitors to ask questions and learn about the exhibition, the artist’s processes, or particular works of art. This program takes place soon after an exhibition opens and offers an opportunity to get first-hand knowledge about the installation and curatorial process directly from the curator. The fee for this event is included in Museum admission.

The Spring Thing
Friday, March 20 > 8:30 PM
MCASD Downtown
Join our Avant Garde Members and event Chairs for our 2nd annual benefit, The Spring Thing—downtown’s raddest springtime soiree. All proceeds support the Museum’s exhibitions and education programs. To purchase tickets contact April Farrell at 858 454 3541 x162.

 

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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO (MCASD)

Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,500 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD. Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

All Extended School Partnership (ESP) programs are made possible by generous lead underwriting support from Maryanne and Irwin Pfister, ResMed Foundation, proceeds from the 2014 Biennial Art Auction, and annual contributors to the MCASD Museum Fund. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.

All other Education Programs are supported by Qualcomm Foundation, California Arts Council, The ResMed Foundation, The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, Price Philanthropies Foundation, The Seeley Foundation, proceeds from the 2014 Biennial Art Auction, and annual contributors to the MCASD Museum Fund. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.

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