MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO (MCASD) ANNOUNCES SPRING AND SUMMER PROGRAMS

 
 
Friday, Mar 01, 2013 - 10:55 am

San Diego, CA-The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) invites members, educators, and the public to a variety of events aimed to engage, educate, and inspire. Below is a comprehensive list of all MCASD programs planned through July 2013.

 

Highlights include TNT (Thursday Night Thing) on March 14, which will feature a live performance by artist Scoli Acosta, the West Coast premiere of Andy Warhol's San Diego Surf on March 16, the Second Annual 25 and Under Art Contest, and MCASD summer camp.

 

Please contact Leah Masterson for accompanying images for any or all of these programs. Interviews with MCASD's director, curators, or artists featured in these programs are also available upon request. To purchase tickets, register for events, or learn more about any of these programs as well as current and upcoming exhibitions please visit www.mcasd.org

  

Family ArtLAB: LifelikeTransformations

Sunday, March 3 > 2-4 PM

MCASD La Jolla

Take part in a Look/Explore tour and let our Gallery Educators lead your family in lively conversation about the exhibition Lifelike. Paint or sculpt as you learn more about how artists have transformed everyday objects into interesting and deceiving works of art. This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and older. The program costs $10 for Members and military families, and $25 for general admission. Ticket price includes two adults and up to three youth.  

A Curator's Perspective
Monday, March 4 > 2 PM 

MCASD La Jolla 

Led by an MCASD curator, this tour and conversation invites visitors to ask questions about the current exhibition and learn about artists' processes. Celebrate the opening of Lifelikewith a gallery walk-through led by Associate Curator Jill Dawsey. This program is free for Members and free for non-members with Museum admission.

 

Educator First Look Tour: Lifelike

Thursday, March 7 > 3:30-5 PM

MCASD La Jolla  

Our Educator First Look tour is back for educators teaching grades K-12 as well as college and university professors. Tours begin at 3:30 and 4:15 PM. Gallery Educators will share in-gallery activities, gallery teaching strategies, and ideas about how to introduce this exhibition to students.

 

Teen Create Lab: Lifelike

Saturday, March 9 > 1-4 PM

MCASD La Jolla  

The objects featured in the exhibition Lifelikeforce viewers to closely examine what is real, and what is an artful trick of the eye. MCASD invites high school students to explore realism in contemporary art and the magic of everyday objects during workshops led by local artists Brianna Rigg and Gary Garay. Brianna Rigg's practice uses objects to investigate histories, power relations, and psychological motivations that lead to the production of cultural artifacts. Gary Garay's work explores commonplace objects that speak to the Mexican-American immigrant experience in Southern California.Following the workshop, stay and explore Lifelike!

 

TNT (Thursday Night Thing) 

Thursday, March 14 > 7-10 PM
MCASD Downtown

Dive deeper into the art with tours, live music by Tori Roze and the Hot Mess and Twin Cabins, tasty cocktails, and delicious bites from everyone's favorite food truck-MIHO Gastrotruck. This TNT offers the opportunity to celebrate one of our newest exhibitions, Scoli Acosta: ELEMENTALISTHMUS. Acosta's presentation at MCASD is his first solo exhibition in a museum on the West Coast and will feature a series of the artist's Pentagonal Monochromes (Tambourines).At TNT, Acosta will stage a performance, which will also incorporate a screening of Marker's The Sixth Side of the Pentagon.

Select works from the permanent collection will also be on view during TNT, as well as The Very Large Array: San Diego/Tijuana Artists in the MCA Collection. TNT will also serve as the debut for a new selection of works in the "white cube" space within the exhibition that explores activist art focused on border issues, including works by David Avalos, Louis Hock, Victor Payan, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Elizabeth Sisco, Perry Vasquez, and others.

 

Film Screening > Andy Warhol's San Diego Surf

Saturday, March 16 > 5:30 PM

MCASD La Jolla

In May 1968, Andy Warhol filmed San Diego Surfon the shores of La Jolla. It was only partially edited and never released-until now. MCASD La Jolla will host the West Coast premiere of the film. Guests are invited to come early for a pre-screening happy hour beginning at 4:30 PM, which will include light snacks and a no-host bar as well as the opportunity to view archival footage of Warhol and Paul Morrissey making the film. This never-before-seen footage was filmed by La Jollan Lee Pratt.

 

March Free Third Thursday

Thursday, March 21 > 5-7 PM

MCASD La Jolla and Downtown

On the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 PM, visitors receive FREE admission to the Museum, plus free themed Gallery Educator-led tours beginning at 5 and 6 PM.

 

An Artist's Perspective
Thursday, March 21 > 7 PM
MCASD Downtown

Hear directly from the artists  in the new iteration of works in the "white cube" space in The Very Large Array focused on border activism. Gain a deeper understanding of the works as David Avalos, Louis Hock, and Elizabeth Sisco talk about Art Rebate, Perry Vasquez and Victor Payan discuss Keep on Crossing, on its tenth anniversary and Marcos Ramírez ERRE, talk about his work Toy and Horse. This program invites participants to be challenged and inspired.

 

C.A.T. (Contemporary Art Thing) Series Event for Avant Garde

Wednesday, March 27 > 6:30 PM

Avant Garde members are invited to join our very own MCASD curators for a private collection tour at the home of Karen Fox and Harvey Ruben, local La Jolla residents and Museum supporters. This stellar collection features work by artists such as Roy De Forest, Jennifer Steinkamp, and David Adey. Contact aefarrell@mcasd.orgfor more information, to join Avant Garde, or to reserve your spot. 

 

Field Trip > Explore Tijuana's Explosive Art Scene

Saturday, April 13, 2013

MCASD is bringing back the field trip! Grab your passport and join us for an expedition into Tijuana's diverse and vibrant art scene. On the agenda: an artist studio visit, a curator-led tour of El Cubo, Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), and lunch at Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero's restaurant El Taller-housed in a converted warehouse with a corrugated tin ceiling. After lunch we will continue our tour with a visit to the Pasajes Rodríguez and Gomez, a covered alley built 64 years ago where two dozen painters, photographers, performance artists, and graphic designers who have transformed small storefronts into studios and galleries. We will end the trip with a studio visit to Jaime Ruiz Otiz, an artist featured in our current exhibition The Very Large Array. We are thrilled that Derrik Chinn of Turista Libre will join us for 'man on the ground' local input and perspective. For more information and trip pricing, please contact April Farrell at 858 454 3541 x162 or aefarrell@mcasd.org.

 

Extended School Partnership (ESP) Showcase

Thursday, April 18

High Tech High Chula Vista > Downtown > 5-7 PM

ArtsTECH > La Jolla > 5-7 PM

Through the Museum's Extended School Partnership (ESP) program, both High Tech High Chula Vista and ArtsTech high school students and teachers focused on works of art featured in the exhibitions Lifelikeand The Very Large Array, as well as other works from MCASD's permanent collection and create work in response to the works on view. Join these students as they present their pieces at this special showcase.

 

April Free Third Thursday

Thursday, April 18 > 5-7 PM

MCASD La Jolla and Downtown

On the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 PM, visitors receive FREE admission to the Museum, plus free themed Gallery Educator-led tours beginning at 5 and 6 PM.

 

Film: The Mexican Tapes

Saturday, April 21 > 11 AM-1 PM & 2:30-5 PM

MCASD La Jolla

The Mexican Tapesis a series of four videos which portray Louis Hock's growing friendship and empathy with his Mexican neighbors in San Diego in the 1980s, his acceptance into their community, and an examination of their day-to-day struggles. Watch them on the big screen in the comfort of Sherwood Auditorium. During intermission join filmmaker Louis Hock for a Q&A session. This program is free for Members and $5 non-members.

 

MCASD's Second Annual 25 and Under Art Contest  

Submission Deadline > Monday, April 22
MCASD is launching its second annual 25 and Under Art Contest, inviting people age 25 and under to create and submit artwork inspired by the Greedy Organ (a.k.a. the human eye) to be considered for a showcase at the Museum. Submissions are due by Monday, April 22, 2013. A panel of judges will select 25 finalists whose work will be displayed in a showcase event at MCASD Downtown on Thursday, May 16 from 5-7 PM. The public will be invited to vote on their favorite artworks in person and on Facebook. Four winners will be selected in the two categories: People's Choice (first place and honorable mention) and Curator's Choice (first place and honorable mention). The first place winner in the Curator's Choice category will win a $500 gift certificate to Blick Art Supplies and a Dual/Family Membership to the Museum. Learn more about the contest at www.feedyourgreedyorgan.com. Fame awaits!

 

Film: The American Tapes

Saturday, May 11 > 5-10 PM

MCASD La Jolla

MCASD presents the West Coast screening of The American Tapes. In 1987, American filmmaker Louis Hock created the The Mexican Tapes.Now he presents a new perspective about the life of Mexican immigrants in America. Grab a beer and food during a screening break from 7-8 PM right outside the Museum's auditorium. This program is free for Members and $5 for non-members.

 

Educator Engage! Learning in the Museum

Saturday, May 11 > 9 AM-2 PM

MCASD Downtown

Portland Museum of Art Education Director and industry blogger Mike Murawski will offer insights on using museums as a resource for classroom learning. Explore ways to connect their classroom goals with learning in the Museum, and learn strategies for engaging students during break-out sessions led by MCASD partner teachers and the Museum's Gallery Educators. Bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy before attending a talk. This program is $5 for Educators and includes a light continental breakfast.

 

Axline Lecture

Thursday, May 16, 2013 > 7 PM

MCASD La Jolla

MCASD and The San Diego Museum of Art will present the 13th Annual Axline Lecture featuring Charles Ray, who is best known for his uncanny sculptures of altered and refashioned familiar objects which deceive perceptual judgments in unexpected ways. This program is free for Members of MCASD and The San Diego Museum of Art; $5 students; $10 general admission.

 

Extended School Partnership (ESP) Showcase

Thursday, May 16

The Universal Language Orchestra of Spring Valley> Downtown > 5-7 PM

The Bishop's School > La Jolla > 5-7 PM

Through the Museum's Extended School Partnership (ESP) program, The Bishop's School Spanish students and the Universal Language Orchestra of Spring Valley after school program focused on works of art featured in the exhibitions Lifelikeand Scoli Acosta: ELEMENTALISTHMUSand responded to the works on view. Join these students as they present their work at these special showcase events at both locations.

 

Second Annual 25 and Under Art Contest Showcase Event

Thursday, May 16 > 5-7 PM

MCASD Downtown

See artwork by the top 25 finalists in MCASD's second annual 25 and Under Art Contest and vote on your favorite work. The 25 and Under Art Contest debuted last year to further engage children and young adults, and serves as an extension of the Museum's 25 and Under free admission program sponsored by Qualcomm Foundation. Join us as we celebrate another year of artistic endeavors from San Diego's community of rising artists.

 

May Free Third Thursday

Thursday, May 16 > 5-7 PM

MCASD La Jolla and Downtown

On the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 PM, visitors receive FREE admission to the Museum, plus free themed Gallery Educator-led tours beginning at 5 and 6 PM.

 

Art Museum Day

Saturday, May 18 > 11 AM-5 PM

MCASD Downtown and La Jolla

MCASD is one of hundreds of art museums across the country offering free admission as part of Art Museum Day, an initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). Also enjoy free exhibition tours at 2 PM, as well as a special gift when you become a Member.

 

Loading Dock Lunches

Friday, June 7, July 5, and August 2 > 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

MCASD Downtown

Feed your hunger for art! This popular pairing of food truck lunch meets art conversation is back. MIHO Gastrotruck will be on hand serving up delicious bites, and you're invited to dine in our loading duck as you mingle with our staff and members of the San Diego/Tijuana arts community. Visitors can also visit exhibitions for free during the program.

 

Members' Opening: Approximately Infinite Universe

Friday, June 7 > 7 PM >

MCASD La Jolla

Celebrate the opening of Approximately Infinite Universe, an exhibition loosely inspired by science fiction featuring artists whose work revisions fraught histories and envisions utopian futures, with the effect of gaining insight into our complicated present.

 

An Artist's Perspective

Sunday, June 9 > 1-3 PM

MCASD La Jolla

Gain a deeper understanding of works on view and hear directly from Chitra Ganesh, Victoria Fu, and Saya Woolfalk-all artists featured in Approximately Infinite Universe. Using artist's work as a launch pad to explore broad topics in contemporary art, this program invites participants to join in the conversation. This talk will be moderated by exhibition curator Jill Dawsey. This program is free for Members, free for students and seniors with paid Museum admission, and $5 for non-members with paid Museum admission.

 

Extended School Partnership (ESP) Showcase: The Museum School

Thursday, June 20 > 5-7 PM

MCASD Downtown

Through the Museum's Extended School Partnership (ESP) program, three teachers from The Museum School engaged in a year-round museum exploration with their students. Students studied language arts, humanities, math, and biology through works on view at the Museum's downtown location. Join us for this special celebration of their work and achievements.

 

June Free Third Thursday

Thursday, June 20 > 5-7 PM

MCASD La Jolla and Downtown
On the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 PM, visitors receive FREE admission to the Museum, plus free themed Gallery Educator-led tours beginning at 5 and 6 PM.

 

Third Annual Summer Solstice Soiree

Friday, June 21 > 7-10 PM

MCASD Downtown

Mingle with artists in the galleries, dine on a family-style dinner catered by Campine, and enjoy a bevy of delicious cocktails at this annual event hosted by Avant Garde, the Museum's special interest group for young professionals. Guests will bid on fantastic design objects and unique art packages as they enjoy DJ-spun music.

 

Family ArtLAB

Sunday, June 23 > 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 Approximately Infinite Universe. In addition to exploring the galleries, guests will enjoy a hands-on art experience. This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and older. This program costs $10 for Members and military families; $25 for non-member families. The family price includes two adults and up to three youth and includes Museum admission.

 

Liza Lou: Color Field: Your Making

Sunday, June 30 > 12-4 PM

MCASD Downtown

MCASD will debut Color Field, a new work by American artist Liza Lou. Color Fieldis a large-scale sculpture measuring more than 20 feet by 20 feet. This beaded expanse of color will blanket the downtown Strauss Gallery in an abstract wave of color. Working in collaboration with a team of artisans in Durban, South Africa, a region noted for its beading traditions where she has established her studio practice, Lou creates a piece that reveals the nuances of cooperative work. Color Fieldbegan in Durban and will be completed here in San Diego at MCASD Downtown, where teams of volunteers and community members will contribute to the making of this installation at this event. Take part in this process. For more information regarding participation, please contact education@mcasd.orgor call 858 454 3541 x142.  

 

TNT (Thursday Night Thing)

Thursday, July 11 > 7-10 PM

MCASD Downtown

Dive deeper into art with tours, art-making activities, live music on the plaza, tasty cocktails, and delicious bites from everyone's favorite food truck-MIHO Gastrotruck. This TNT (Thursday Night Thing) offers the opportunity to celebrate one of our newest exhibitions,Liza Lou: Color Field. Also check out new works inside the cube in The Very Large Array,our permanent collection exhibition across the street at 1001 Kettner, and learn more about both exhibitions from focus tours led by Gallery Educators.

 

July Free Third Thursday

Thursday, July 18 > 5-7 PM

MCASD La Jolla and Downtown

On the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 PM, visitors receive FREE admission to the Museum, plus free themed Gallery Educator-led tours beginning at 5 and 6 PM.

 

Summer C.A.M.P.

Monday, July 22 through Friday, Aug 2, 2013  

MCASD La Jolla

Depart from the summer camp norm and give your youngsters a crash course in contemporary art as they paint, sculpt, print, and draw their way through the summer at our seaside La Jolla location. Campers will learn about artwork featured in our exhibitions from professional gallery educators, create artwork in a variety of mediums, and learn about contemporary artists' practices. The week-long camp session will culminate in a celebration of the campers' own artwork.

Two week-long camp sessions will be offered for different age groups:
Session One: Ages 7-9, July 22-July 26

 

Session Two: Ages 10-12, July 29-August 2

  • Morning Sessions (9 AM-12 PM): Sculpture Challenge!
  • Afternoon Sessions (1-4 PM): Mixed Media Marathon
  • Full Day (9 AM-4 PM): Participate in both sessions for a full-day experience, including a supervised brown bag lunch hour.

 

Pricing:

Half-day camp: Member $85; Non-members $190 

 

Full-day camp: Member $140; Non-Members $380

 

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today. For additional details, contact the Education Department at 858 454 3541 x151 or education@mcasd.org.

 

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 4,000 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. Dr. 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.

 

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