MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO (MCASD) PRESENTS LOST IN THE MEMORY PALACE: JANET CARDIFF AND GEORGE BURES MILLER ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 AT MCASD LA JOLLA

 
 
Friday, Aug 23, 2013 - 11:43 am

San Diego, CA— The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller from September 21, 2013 through January 12, 2014.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Lost in the Memory Palace is a selected survey that takes as its focus Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s work from the mid-1990s to today. Spanning a period from key early pieces such as Dark Pool (1995) and The Muriel Lake Incident (1999) to recent works including Killing Machine (2007) and Experiment in F# Minor (2013), the exhibition consists of a series of discrete immersive environments.

These installations, all of which have a strong architectural character, are imaginary spaces where time slows down and is altered, allowing fictional and historical narratives to blend and merge with the viewer’s own experience and memory. As environments that viewers understand to be art yet with which they willingly engage both physically and psychically, Cardiff and Miller’s works encourage shifts in consciousness and create uniquely compelling possible worlds.

For interviews with Janet Cardiff or George Bures Miller, or to obtain high-resolution images of their works, please contact Communications Associate Leah Straub. Members of the media are invited to see the exhibition before it opens to the public at the Members’ Opening on September 20 from 7-9 PM. Please RSVP to lstraub@mcasd.org.

Janet Cardiff began collaborating with fellow Canadian artist and partner George Bures Miller in 1995. When Cardiff and Miller represented Canada at the 49th Venice Biennale with The Paradise Institute (2001), they won both La Biennale di Venezia Special Award and the Benesse Prize, which recognizes artists who “break new artistic ground with an experimental and pioneering spirit.” They are now among the foremost artists of their generation, and their work has been shown around the world.

The multimedia artworks of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller emphasize aural and visual experiences that transport the viewer to other realms of consciousness. Their work is highly scripted, meticulously detailed, and often cinematic in scope, breaking down distinctions between fiction and everyday reality. Through various levels of engagement, the viewer becomes a participant, either witnessing a phenomenon or becoming immersed in a scenario.

Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller is co-organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Lead support for the San Diego presentation has been generously provided by Drs. Stacy and Paul Jacobs. Institutional support for MCASD is provided, in part, by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. 

Also opening at MCASD La Jolla on September 21 are Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage and Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez.

Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage is a novel collaboration between MCASD and the La Jolla Historical Society that examines the historical evolution of their respective buildings at 700 and 780 Prospect Street. Constructed within less than a decade of each other at the turn of the twentieth century, both institutions’ original buildings share an association with the Scripps family—MCASD was Ellen Browning Scripps’s residence, while Wisteria Cottage belonged to her half-sister, Eliza Virginia. They also have an association with modernist architect Irving Gill, who designed or remodeled each of the buildings. This exhibition traces significant changes in the buildings over time, including architectural additions to MCASD by Robert Mosher and Robert Venturi, and Wisteria Cottage’s transformation into the Balmer School and later The Nexus and John Cole’s bookstores. Together, these iconic buildings have remained cultural and educational landmarks, linked with a common past that reflects the history of the La Jolla community.

Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage is organized by the La Jolla Historical Society in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Funding for Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage is provided by Peter B. Clark, Robert and Pascale Bauer, Garth Conboy and Laura DuCharme Conboy, Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Florence Riford Community Fund at The San Diego Foundation, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society, and the Members of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez features work by photographer Dana Montlack. Working with micro lenses, Montlack makes the unseen visible in compositions that convey both specificity and mystery. Her richly hued images isolate and abstract biological specimens into beguiling graphic elements. Her newest body of work directly references John Steinbeck’s The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951). Steinbeck’s book recounts his six-week expedition through the Gulf of California with marine biologist Ed Ricketts. Part intertidal taxonomy, part ecological travelogue, the book considers themes of home, mapping, and environmental harmony. Working collaboratively with the scientists and staff members at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium, Montlack selected and photographed specimens and charts from the waterways Steinbeck explored. By isolating and layering this source imagery, drawn from the vast Scripps Oceanographic Collections, Montlack crafts a new taxonomy of place.

Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, with thanks to UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium. Institutional support for MCASD is provided, in part, by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

All three exhibitions will remain on view from September 21, 2013 through January 12, 2014.

 

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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 4,000 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. 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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