Friday, Mar 09, 2018 - 4:15 pm

San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego announces the artists participating in the upcoming exhibition, Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo: 42 Artists from San Diego and Tijuana. The exhibition will fill the galleries of MCASD’s downtown location, bringing together work by 42 artists and collectives living and working in the San Diego and Tijuana region. Presenting both early career and established artists, Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo will highlight distinctive practices shaping conversations and communities in our binational region and beyond. Opening September 20, 2018, the exhibition will be on view through February 3, 2019.

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Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo borrows its title from the bilingual song “Angel Baby” by Rosie and the Originals, a teenage band from National City, California, which points to the region’s rich history of homegrown talent. The title also harkens back to MCASD’s 1985 survey, A San Diego Exhibition: Forty-Two Emerging Artists. Since that time, MCASD has broadened its focus to include the work of Tijuana artists. Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo reflects the Museum’s mandate to serve the binational constituency of the region and affirms its commitment to artists on both sides of the border. Recognizing that San Diego and Tijuana’s artistic communities are distinct but overlapping, the exhibition builds on the ongoing artistic exchanges between the two cities.

Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo will present artworks in a broad range of mediums, including installation, painting, drawing, video, digital media, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and performance. The exhibition draws attention to common interests and artistic strategies. Artists in the exhibition address today’s urgent questions as well as issues affecting our region, including public space and public memory; colonialism and its afterlife; the border as fantasy and reality; housing and homelessness; feminist and queer politics; and the place of the body in the digital world.

An improvisational approach to process and performance is shared by numerous artists, many of whom engage in painterly experimentation and the transformation of traditional craft forms. Many artists demonstrate a resourcefulness with respect to materials, especially through the reclamation and reanimation of found objects. Collaboration is a frequent strategy, with several artists working directly with their peers or alongside members of their communities. Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo also acknowledges the crucial role that alternative art venues play in the region’s art scene, with nearly a quarter of the exhibition’s artists running or programming independent spaces in San Diego and Tijuana.


Robert Andrade
Abraham Avila
Mely Barragan
Carlos Castro-Arias
Alida Cervantes
Andrea Chung
Kate Clark
Lissa Corona
Thomas Demello
Paula Flores
Victoria Fu
Aldo Guerra
Ingrid Hernández
Janelle Iglesias
Beliz Iristay
Angie Jennings
James Luna
Ana del Águila Malvaez
Michelle Montjoy
Raúl Moyado Sandoval
Mauricio Muñoz
Chantal Peñalosa
Omar Pimienta
Brianna Rigg
C. Ree
Matt Rich
Andrew Roberts
Griselda Rosas
Daniel Ruanova
Adriana Trujillo and José Inerzia
Barbara Sexton
Ash Eliza Smith and Kim-Anh Schreiber
Eva Struble
Monique van Genderen
Juan Villavicencio
David White
Oslyn Whizar
Chantal Wnuk
Joe Yorty

MCASD is honored to include the work of James Luna (1950-2018), who accepted our invitation to participate before his untimely passing.  For over four decades, Luna subverted accepted narratives of history and cultural identity through his incisive, humorous, and often poignant installations and performances. His influence is apparent in the work of many artists in Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo.

Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo is co-organized by Curator Jill Dawsey and Assistant Curator Anthony Graham. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.

In the past 33 years, MCASD has organized numerous survey exhibitions of local artists—notable among them are A San Diego Exhibition: Forty-Two Emerging Artists (1985); Tijuana Downtown (1988); Common Ground: A Regional Exhibition (1996); Off Broadway: New Art from Downtown San Diego (2000); Strange New World: Art and Design from Tijuana (2006); and Here not There:San Diego Art Now (2010). MCASD’s long-standing commitment to illuminating the under-recognized work of the border region has resulted in a history of exhibitions focused on artists and issues surrounding the San Diego/Tijuana region. Both San Diego and Tijuana artists have participated in numerous regional exhibitions organized by MCASD, including 911: A House Gone Wrong (1987); La Frontera/The Border: Art About the Mexico/United States Border Experience (1993); MIX: Nine San Diego Architects and Designers (2009); The Very Large Array: San Diego/Tijuana Artists in the MCA Collection (2012-2014); The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium (2016); Alvaro Blancarte: Marking the Present (2016); and DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United States-Mexico Border (2016).

Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo: 42 Artists from San Diego and Tijuana is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and made possible by gifts to the annual operating fund. 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.


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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