San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present San Diego Collects at its La Jolla location from September 26, 2015 through January 10, 2016. The exhibition will feature a selection of artworks from private collections around the region.
Please contact Leah Straub or Patricia B. Dwyer for high-resolution images of artworks, and to schedule interviews with MCASD’s Deputy Director, Art and Programs, Kathryn Kanjo.
San Diego Collects recognizes that the visual art resources of our city exist not only within the walls of our cultural organizations but also inside the private homes of many committed individuals. This glimpse at the artistic holdings of our local residents will showcase the otherwise unseen scope of art our region has to offer. The works on view span the Museum’s own historical focus from 1950 to the present. As such, there will be examples of Abstract Expressionism and Pop art, along with various approaches to abstraction, and recent works by younger artists. Just as MCASD emphasizes the continuing practice of living artists, many collections feature recent works by emerging and mid-career artists active in California and beyond. Highlights include canvases by David Hockney, Robert Motherwell, and Gerhard Richter; mixed media works of Anselm Kiefer and Mimmo Paladino; figurative works by Kehinde Wiley and Cindy Sherman; and experimental, lens-based pieces by artists such as Brian Bress, Sarah Charlesworth, and Idris Khan. Organized by MCASD’s Deputy Director, Arts and Programs Kathryn Kanjo, this one-of-a-kind exhibition will feature approximately 55 highlights from more than 20 San Diego-area collections.
“We recognize that artists are visionaries,” notes Kanjo. “This show reminds us that collectors—indeed, all of us—can be moved by the pleasure and provocation of aesthetic experience. It’s an argument for bringing art into one’s life, whether by visiting a museum or by collecting on one’s own.”
San Diego Collects is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Support for the exhibition has been provided by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. 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.
Also on view
Graphic Wars: One Cannot Look
September 26, 2015 through November 29, 2015 > MCASD La Jolla
In an institutional collaboration, MCASD and the University of San Diego (USD) will join resources to present One Cannot Look: Graphic Wars, an exhibition featuring prints by Spanish artists Francisco de Goya and Rafael Canogar from each organization’s collection. Between 1810 and 1820, Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) created his celebrated print series, Disasters of War, in response to the horrors of the Peninsular War in Spain. In the 1969 series The Earth and La Violencia, Rafael Canogar (b. 1935) likewise addresses themes of conflict and violence, this time those occurring on the world stage, such as the Vietnam War, Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and Francisco Franco’s regime in Spain. Goya’s seminal prints, a cornerstone of USD’s collection, and Canogar’s more recent series, never before seen at MCASD, together speak of the long arc of war and its traumas—both in Spain and at large.
One Cannot Look: Graphic Wars is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the University of San Diego’s University Print Collection. 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.
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 4,500 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.