Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 - 12:34 pm
Long-standing collaboration brings internationally acclaimed artist to San Diego

San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and The San Diego Museum of Art will present internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado as the featured speaker for the 16th annual Axline Lecture on Thursday, February 25, at 7 PM at The San Diego Museum of Art. This lecture coincides with an exhibition of works by Salgado from the collections of MCASD, The San Diego Museum of Art, and the Museum of Photographic Arts. The exhibition will be on view at The San Diego Museum of Art from February 20 through May 17, 2016.

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The Brazilian-born artist’s black-and-white photographs are among the most influential images of our time, capturing the grim realities of industrialization in developing countries; the toll of warfare; and the degradation of the natural environment. Salgado is known for working on long-term projects featuring large collections, each with hundreds of images from around the world. Salgado’s quest to capture nature in its unspoiled original state culminated in 2013 with the publication of Genesis, a portfolio of 200 black-and-white photographs.

The artist and his work are the focus of the Oscar-nominated 2014 documentary The Salt of the Earth, directed by acclaimed German filmmaker Wim Wenders and the artist’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. On the occasion of the 16th annual Axline Lecture, The San Diego Museum of Art will host a special screening of the film on Friday, February 19, at 7:30 PM in the museum’s James S. Copley Auditorium. Tickets for the screening can be purchased at and include entrance to the exhibition.

Salgado’s award-winning work has been shown extensively around the world, with individual exhibitions at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; Natural History Museum, London; National Museum of Singapore; International Center of Photography, New York; and more. He was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in 1982,Foreign Honorary Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992 and the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in 1993. Additional books featuring his works include The Other Americas (2015), Sahel (2004), Workers (2012),andMigrations (2000).

Since 2000, MCASD and The San Diego Museum of Art have partnered to present the annual Axline Lecture in honor of Jackie and Rea Axline, long-time trustees and supporters of both museums who bequeathed generous endowments to both institutions in 1999. Hosted in alternate years by each museum, this annual event offers an opportunity to thank current museum Members, donors, and supporters. Previous Axline Lectures have featured contemporary artist Alfredo Jaar (2014); sculptor Charles Ray (2013); former director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philippe de Montebello (2012); South African artist William Kentridge (2011); architect, Picasso scholar, and author John Richardson (2009); artist Maya Lin (2008); artist Richard Serra (2006); and art critic Roberta Smith (2004).

A limited number of lecture tickets will be available starting February 1. They are $5 for MCASD and The San Diego Museum of Art Members; $7 for students, seniors, and military; and

$10 for non-members. The lecture will take place in the James S. Copley Auditorium at The San Diego Museum of Art. Tickets can be purchased at

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Providing a rich and diverse cultural experience, The San Diego Museum of Art houses the world’s finest art in America’s Finest City. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned collections include Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings including the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings, and 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculptures. The Museum regularly features major exhibitions of art from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. At The San Diego Museum of Art, exhibition text is always in English and Spanish.

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 4,700 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 501(c)3 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.