Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 - 10:26 am

San Diego, CA—On Thursday, November 14 from 7-10 PM, TNT (Thursday Night Thing) returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) downtown location to premiere the exhibition In the Séance Room: Acquisition Highlights from 2003-2013 and celebrate new work from Mike Berg and an installation by Nelson Leirner.

TNT is a signature event held three times per year that brings together artist talks and performances, participatory art experiences, live music and cocktails, all inspired by recently opened exhibitions.

MCASD and local radio station 91X will present two intimate, unplugged performances by Family Wagon on the Figi Concourse. Family Wagon is an indie-rock band from San Diego and was nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. Their latest release, Last Drag, was produced and recorded in Long Beach, by Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, Deep Sea Diver, Mando Diao, The Fling).

In addition to music and art, TNT offers guided tours, tasty cocktails by 619 Vodka, beer by Stone Brewery, delicious bites from MIHO Gastrotruck, and so much more. Guests are also invited to participate in activities inspired by the art. In celebration of Nelson Leirner's installation, a ping-pong tournament will invite fellow art-lovers to compete for bragging rights. MCASD Members are invited to a special artist talk with Mike Berg at 7:15 PM.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for students, and free for MCASD Members. Tickets can be purchased at

For media who are interested in interviews or high-res images of the artists, musicians, artworks, or past TNT events, please contact Leah Straub at 858 454-3541 x119;

More about the Exhibitions

American artist Mike Berg works with master artisans in Istanbul, Turkey—where he now lives—to create large textiles graced by abstract forms, infused with the spirit of both abstract expressionist oil paintings and traditional central Asian textile art. His large woven kilims will be on display in the Foster Gallery.

Brazilian conceptual artist Nelson Leirner employs objects of pop culture and kitsch, along with humor and absurdity to sharply critique the worlds of art and politics. MCASD will present his installation A Mesa e Seus Pertences (Table and Its Belongings) (2002) along with several of other works, borrowed from the collection of the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation. The Strausses are considered among the region’s elite collectors and the only local San Diegans included in the 2012 ARTNews annual 200 Top Collectors list.

In the Séance Room presents select acquisitions made between 2003 and 2013, highlighting signal works from each year of the past decade. Artists in the exhibition include Jeremy Blake, Anne Collier, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Matt Mullican, Catherine Opie, Joel Otterson, Steve Roden, Taryn Simon, and Andrea Zittel, among others.

About TNT

TNT is typically held three times per year to celebrate the opening of exhibitions at MCASD Downtown. TNT was launched in August 2002 as a monthly event on the first Thursday of every month. The last monthly TNT took place in April 2009, when it took a brief hiatus before returning in November 2009. TNT is an all-ages event. Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for students, and free for MCASD Members.


Funding for MCASD programs comes from Qualcomm Foundation, the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program and contributors to MCASD's Museum Fund. In-kind support for TNT is provided by 91X, 619 Vodka, and Stone Brewery. Institutional support for MCASD comes, in part, from the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.



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 approximately 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. Dr. 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.