Friday, Nov 16, 2018 - 11:47 am

San Diego, CA—On the evening of Thursday, November 15, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego opened Sanctuary Print Shop at its monthly free program, Downtown at Sundown. The project is conceived of by artists Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, and will remain on view through March 10, 2019.

Sanctuary Print Shop occupies MCASD’s Fayman Gallery, located at 1001 Kettner Blvd., and serves as a communal pop-up printing studio aimed at raising awareness about recently enacted immigration policies. Transforming the museum into a space for collaboration, dialogue, and action, the project invites Museum visitors to raise their voice and activate the print shop through a series of workshops and conversations.

The Museum will host workshops from 12 to 1:15 PM on select weekend dates between December 2, 2018 and March 2, 2019, inviting guests to create posters and foster dialogue in a place of safety. See below for the full schedule of workshops.

“In a moment when the world seems more divisive than ever, these artists give us the opportunity to reimagine the possibility of connecting to each other,” said Cris Scorza, MCASD’s Director of Education and Engagement.

De La Torre and Treggiari will lead a print workshop for teens on Saturday, November 17 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Visit for more details. To obtain high-resolution images or interviews with the artists, please contact Communications & Marketing Manager Leah Straub.

Sanctuary Print Shop originated at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and explores the history of the sanctuary ordinance in the state of California. Here at MCASD, the timeline documenting this history will examine San Diego’s relationship to immigration.

In the spring of 2018, the San Diego City Council voted to join an amicus brief opposing the Trump administration’s lawsuit against so-called sanctuary city laws. However, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the City’s mayor supported the administration’s lawsuit against sanctuary policies, and opposed the California Values Act (SB 54). In an effort to protect immigrants, the California Values Act (SB4) limits cooperation between law enforcement and federal authorities, ensuring that state and local resources are not used to support any attempts by federal authorities to carry out deportations.

Today, more than 5,000 troops have been deployed to assist Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the border with Mexico. Meanwhile, 90,000 commuters continue to cross between Tijuana and San Diego each day, making this region vibrant, diverse, and economically strong.

This project makes a bold proposition—to transform the Museum into a sanctuary. For centuries, people facing oppression and persecution have found solace in churches, temples, and other places of refuge where law enforcement has no jurisdiction. Can museums today similarly serve as a healing and safe space? Can we find relief in the possibility of working together to amplify our voices and empower our community? Can we recognize, as one of the posters in the project states, that this is “THE COUNTRY OF THE IMMIGRANT”?

Print Shop Activation Dates:

The Museum will host workshops from 12 to 1:15 PM on the following weekend dates. All workshops will be held at 1001 Kettner Blvd.

Sunday, December 2

Saturday, December 15

Sunday, January 6

Saturday, January 12

Sunday, January 20

Saturday, January 26

Sunday, February 3

Saturday, February 9

Sunday, February 24

Saturday, March 2

More about the Artists:

Sergio De La Torre

Sergio De La Torre has worked with and documented the manifold ways by which citizens reinvent themselves in the city they inhabit. These works often invoke collaborations with the subjects and invite both intimate and critical reflections on topics related to housing, immigration, and labor. These works have appeared in the 10th Istanbul Biennial; Bienal Barro de America; Cleveland Performance Art Festival; Atelier Frankfurt; Centro Cultural Tijuana; YBCA; TRIBECA Film Festival; and El Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia. Sergio De La Torre is an Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco Art and Architecture Department.

Chris Treggiari

Chris Treggiari's artistic practice strives to investigate how art can enter the public realm in a way that can connect wide ranges of people and neighborhoods in a variety of communities.  Chris focuses on highlighting diverse community identities, shared histories, and personal stories through participatory, mobile platforms that encourage exploration from the viewer. Often these participatory platforms entail creative methods, which aim to turn the passive viewer into an active art maker who can participate in sharing their personal voice in a community dialogue. Chris has shown internationally including the Venice Biennale 2012 American Pavilion as well as nationally at Torrance Art Museum, the Getty Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Jose Museum of Art, The Oakland Art Museum, and the ZERO1 Biennial to name a few. Chris is a teaching artist-in-residence at the Center for Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts since 2013.


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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