The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will open two new exhibitions this fall featuring two distinct, singular voices. Rita McBride: Public Tilt and This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen will open simultaneously at MCASD Downtown on October 10, 2014. Rita McBride’s exhibition comprises three major installation pieces that will fill the Foster, Farrell, and Strauss galleries. San Francisco-based artist Colter Jacobsen’s practice explores the workings of time and memory through intimate drawings and assemblages.
Rita McBride: Public Tilt
October 10, 2014 through February 8, 2015
Rita McBride: Public Tilt features three installations by the artist whose work engages the tropes of architectural design, modernist sculpture, and public space. Installed in the expansive volumes of MCASD’s downtown location, Public Tiltwill include the West Coast debut of McBride’s celebrated modular construction, Arena. When assembled, Arena forms a massive tiered stadium-like structure, which will be programmed with activities throughout the course of the exhibition. The sculpture’s space, both the bleacher-like seating and the implied stage, is activated by the public, who climbs, gathers, views, and meets inside of the piece.
If Arena’s arcing design provides a welcoming embrace, then National Chain offers a halting counterpoint. Here, a grid of metallic units, a “dropped ceiling,” is suspended from the rafters. The seemingly fallen plane creates a kind of architectural tide line, which rests at torso-height creating an obstructive horizon. McBride’s consideration of architecture, art, and forms of display, continues in her revised presentation of the rattan sculpture, Toyota, which will be presented on a newly designed angled pedestal.
Rita McBride (Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A.) lives and works between Düsseldorf, Germany, and Los Angeles, California. She studied at Bard College, New York, and received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Since 2003 she has been a professor at The Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, where she was recently appointed Director.
Rita McBride: Public Tilt is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and made possible by generous lead underwriting support from Brenda Potter, as well as proceeds from the 2014 Biennial Art Auction. 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.
This is How We Walk On the Moon: Colter Jacobsen
October 10, 2014 through February 8, 2015
Colter Jacobsen’s evocative graphite drawings and found object installations serve as meditations on memory and forgetting, seeing and blindness, lust and longing. One of Jacobsen’s frequently used strategies is to draw one version of a photograph while viewing it and a second entirely from memory. Other works begin on the street, with city-based wanderings, where he takes photographs and procures the ephemera that finds its way into his collages and assemblages. In this, his first solo museum exhibition, the San Francisco-based, San Diego-born artist presents new work inspired by his recent travels by foot and train along the coast of California, together with a selective survey of related works made over the past ten years.
Jacobsen was born in Ramona, California, and lives and works in San Francisco. His work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe, with recent exhibitions at venues including Corvi-Mora, London (2013); the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); Galerie Krizinger, Vienna (2010); LA><ART, Los Angeles (2010); and White Columns, New York (2008). He is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a Eureka Fellowship, and a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 2010 SECA Art Award.
This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and made possible by proceeds from the 2014 Biennial Art Auction. Institutional Support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.
Thursday Night Thing (TNT)
> Thursday, October 9, 2014 > 7-10 PM > MCASD Downtown
The public is invited to see Rita McBride: Public Tilt and This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen the night before the exhibitions officially opens to the public at this popular art and music mash-up event. This TNT is in partnership with Archtoberfest, a month-long celebration of architecture, art, and design to celebrate our built environment and those who transform it. Guests will dive deeper into the art with tours of the exhibitions, art-making activities, live music on the plaza, tasty cocktails, and delicious bites. This program is free for Members, $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for non-members.
> First Friday of the month, November 7, 2014 through February 6, 2015 > 12 PM > MCASD Downtown
Since its inception in 1997, Rita McBride’s Arena has hosted more than 100 artists, poets, writers, architects, musicians, curators, and politicians. In conjunction with McBride’s exhibition at MCASD Downtown, the Museum has invited a series of artists, performers, and cultural thinkers to activate Arena on the first Friday of every month for the duration of the show, under the umbrella title “Blind Dates.” Guests are invited to take a break from their routine and step into the Museum to play a part in short presentations. This program is free with paid Museum admission.
An Artist’s Perspective: A Meandering Walk with Colter Jacobsen
> Saturday, October 11, 2014 > 2-4 PM > MCASD Downtown
Patrons will gain insight into This Is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen the day after it opens by walking through the city with the artist, whose works often take inspiration from objects and ephemera found in the urban environment. Along the route, MCASD Associate Curator Jill Dawsey will discuss a brief history of walking in art, while Jacobsen will read from his travel notebook, including stories and quotes accumulated during his recent month-long trip by foot and train from his current home of San Francisco to his birth home of San Diego. This program is limited to 20 participants and is free for Members, Military personnel and students with valid ID; $5 for non-members.