MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO (MCASD) TO PRESENT ED RUSCHA THEN & NOW: PAINTINGS FROM THE 1960s AND 2000s

 
 
Monday, Dec 28, 2015 - 1:56 pm

San Diego, CAThe Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present Ed Ruscha Then & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000s at its La Jolla location from January 30, 2016 through April 24, 2016. An innovator of West-Coast Pop and Conceptual Art, Ed Ruscha’s work defies and exceeds both categories, drawing upon popular media, commercial culture, and the landscape of Los Angeles. This tailored exhibition considers the artist’s use of recurring words, images, and themes across the decades.

Please contact Leah Straub or Patricia B. Dwyer for high-resolution images of artworks, or to schedule interviews with MCASD’s Deputy Director, Art and Programs, Kathryn Kanjo.

Ed Ruscha first gained attention in the 1960s for works that combine text and image with a deadpan take on American vernacular culture. Anchored by MCASD’s 1962 canvas Ace, this exhibition will highlight select works from the 1960s alongside more recent canvases. The exhibition’s title, Then & Now, reworks the name of Ruscha’s recent artist book, which recreates photographs from his pivotal 1966 book, Every Building on The Sunset Strip. This exhibition, like the book, highlights Ruscha’s consistent attention to certain subjects and issues, rendering them in new ways and revealing their changes over time. The presentation builds upon MCASD’s long-standing relationship with Ruscha: the Museum’s collection holds 30 works by the artist, including the outdoor mural Brave Men of La Jolla (1995-1996).

This exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication with an introduction by exhibition curator and Deputy Director, Art and Programs, Kathryn Kanjo. The publication will include a selection of the 2003 essay by the late Richard Marshall, a bold and beloved art historian, who initially conceived the exhibition in collaboration with MCASD. Throughout his career, Marshall worked extensively with Ruscha, authoring two books on the Los Angeles artist.

Ed Ruscha Then & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000sis organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and made possible by generous lead underwriting support from Pauline Foster. 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.

Related programming:
The Opening Night
Friday, January 29, 2016 > 7-9 PM > MCASD La Jolla
Celebrate MCASD’s newest exhibition, Ed Ruscha Then & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000s, at The Opening Night. Guests will enjoy cocktails, live music, food trucks, guided tours, and more.

A Curator’s Perspective
Monday, February 1, 2016 > 2 PM > MCASD La Jolla
Take part in a gallery walkthrough of Ed Ruscha Then & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000s, led by the curator of the exhibition, Deputy Director, Art and Programs, Kathryn Kanjo. This conversation-based tour invites visitors to ask questions and learn about the exhibition, the artist’s processes, and particular works of art as they receive first-hand knowledge about the installation and curatorial process soon after the exhibition’s opening. This program is free for Members, and free for non-members with paid Museum admission.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO
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 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.

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