Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:00 am

San Diego, CA— The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) presents Andrea Chung: You broke the ocean in half to be here at its downtown location from May 19, 2017 through August 20, 2017. For Chung’s first solo museum exhibition, the artist presents a new immersive installation together with selected collages and prints that explore legacies of colonialism and migration. The exhibition will open to the public on the evening of Thursday, May 18, at Downtown at Sundown.

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Chung’s research-based practice finds surprising intersections between materials, processes, and places, often examining the histories of the Caribbean island nations. The artist’s new installation is composed of numerous cyanotype prints of lionfish, a non-native species that has proliferated recently in the Caribbean, destroying the local ecosystem. With their cyan-blue color, the prints conjure a fantastic underwater world, but they also present a potent allegory for colonization, as the invasive lionfish reshape their environment according to their own needs.

Chung arrived at the cyanotype process through her interest in early photographic histories of Jamaica. Indeed, her collages have often combined late-19th century photographs of laborers with contemporary tourism materials, underscoring the persistence of Jamaica’s colonial history in its present-day economy.

You broke the ocean in half to be here features Chung’s collages and a related video animation, all of which evidence the artist’s longtime concern with the visibility of labor. In Chung’s May Day series of cutouts, the bodies of laborers are removed from their worksites—and thus given a day off. A recent collage series, Crowning, explores the practices of black midwives in the Southern United States and in the Caribbean. Each midwife wears a crown resembling a golden uterus, an emblem of female knowledge passed down through generations.

Also opening on May 18 at Downtown at Sundown are Prospect 2017 and Go Tell It: Selections From MCASD’s Collection. Prospect 2017 will remain on view through July 23, 2017. Go Tell It: Selections From MCASD’s Collection will remain on view through August 20, 2017.

Prospect 2017 is an eclectic exhibition of works considered for acquisition by the Museum’s International and Contemporary Collectors groups. One or more of the artworks will be selected by ballot at the annual Selection Dinner on June 7. Prospect 2017  features eight artists whose works reflect the Museum’s curatorial interests: Amy Adler (b. 1966), Math Bass (b. 1981), James Crosby (b. 1974), Jonathan Hernández (b. 1972), Tala Madani (b. 1981), Rebecca Morris (b. 1969), Barbara T. Smith (b. 1931), and Lisa Williamson (b. 1977). From these diverse practices emerge uncanny visions of daily life; material traces of the body; wry revisions of art history; and a deep engagement with political realities, past and present.

Go Tell It: Selections From MCASD’s Collection presents a group of works from the Museum’s permanent collection that explore relationships between art and forms of political speech and protest. In his Go Tell It series, from which the exhibition takes its name, Mario Ybarra Jr. evokes the social activist as a lone figure, asking who has the ability to voice protest and who is there to hear it. Work by Andrea Bowers draw inspiration from posters carried in demonstrations: a small drawing of a woman, singled out from a crowded protest, and a thirteen-foot drawing on cardboard that depicts Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty. This presentation also includes pieces by artists Damon Davis, Jenny Holzer, Rubén Ortiz Torres, and Ai Weiwei, as well as a work on loan by Cog•nate Collective.

Related Programming:

Downtown at Sundown and Art Museum Day

> Thursday, May 18, 2017 > 5-8 PM

> MCASD Downtown, 1100 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

Visual and performing arts converge at MCASD’s after-hours offering: Downtown at Sundown. On the third Thursday of every month, from 5 to 8 PM, enjoy free Museum admission, exhibition tours, free entry at SDSU Downtown Gallery, drink specials at Stone Brewing Company Store, live music by The Roots Factory, and so much more. Guests of Downtown at Sundown will be the first to see three new exhibitions at MCASD: Andrea Chung: You broke the ocean in half to be here, Prospect 2017, andGo Tell It: Selections from MCASD’s Collection. This month, the Museum will join the international celebration of Art Museum Day. Supported by the American Association of Museum Directors, the annual event brings together Museums across the country to offer free admission, special programs, and events in an international celebration of the importance of museums in our world. MCASD will be free and open to the public on Thursday, May 18 during Downtown at Sundown, as well as the following day, Friday, May 19, from 11 AM to 5 PM.

A Curator’s Perspective

Monday, May 22

> 2 PM > MCASD Downtown, 1100 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

Explore three new exhibitions that highlight MCASD’s commitment to the art and issues of our time. At this special Curator’s Perspective, you will hear from Curator Jill Dawsey, Assistant Curator Anthony Graham, and Education Curator Cris Scorza about the exhibitions Andrea Chung: You broke the ocean in half to be here, Prospect 2017, and Go Tell It: Selections from MCASD’s Collection. This program is free for Members, and free for non-members with paid Museum admission.

Family ArtLAB: Cyanotype Troves

Saturday, June 24

> 2-4 PM > MCASD Downtown, 1100 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

Take part in a Look/Explore tour and let our Gallery Educators lead you and your family in lively conversation about the exhibition Andrea Chung: You broke the ocean in half to be here. Following your gallery exploration, create an ocean-themed, cyan-blue photogram inspired by Chung’s work. This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and older. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis; capacity is limited to 60 participants. We recommend buying tickets in advance. The family price includes two adults and up to three youth. Free for Members and Military families; $15 for non-member families; Museum admission is included.

eXit pARTy > Changing Tides

Thursday, June 29

> 7-10 PM > MCASD Downtown, 1100 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

Prepare for anything but the norm at the second event in MCASD’s new eXit pARTy series. With hands-on activities, music, cocktails and more, MCASD’s eXit pARTies offer new ways to engage with contemporary art. San Diego-based artist Angela Jennings will debut a new performance commissioned for the event. Inspired by Andrea Chung’s solo exhibition, You broke the ocean in half to be here, eXit pARTy > Changing Tides will evoke the vibrant, diverse space of the sea.



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. 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. Kathryn Kanjo 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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