Meet MCASD Member Christopher Plouffe

Every quarter MCASD likes to interivew one of our most interesting members. This time we chatted with Christopher Plouffe about his love for art, MCASD, and paleontology. Take a look.


Occupation: Paleontologist
Residence: University Heights

Q: What do you enjoy most about contemporary art?
The broad spectrum of events that occur to produce contemporary works. From concept and design, to materials used, to the manufacturing, installation, and eventual curation of a piece.

Q: What has been one of your favorite exhibitions at MCASD?
Do I have to pick JUST one? Baldassari was brilliant. Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface was exquisite. Tara Donovan was outrageous. Viva la Revolución was unique and unparalleled. I think I returned to the exhibit upwards of 10 times. No joke.

Q: Why did you become a Member?
As a Natural History Museum employee, I receive the benefit of complimentary admission to many San Diego museums. Of the multiple institutions I’ve visited, I found myself constantly returning to MCASD. The quality of the exhibits far surpassed my expectations for a museum in San Diego. Due to my frequent attendance, it became apparent that it was my responsibility to endorse and support the museum and its endeavors through membership.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of membership?
Surrounding myself with like-minded individuals that share an appreciation for art.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to support the arts in San Diego?
It’s an investment in our cultural future here in San Diego. I would love to see our city recognized one day as a hub for contemporary art.

Q: Beyond MCASD, what is another one of your favorite spots in San Diego?
As a geologist I appreciate the large scale view of San Diego County from Mt. Soledad. It gives you the ability to take a step back and observe—to see the big picture.

Q: Does your job ever intertwine with art?
At the Natural History Museum I’m primarily in the field recovering fossils and data. One day I may be collecting leaf imprints, or shells, and on the rare occasion charismatic megafauna like whales or mammoths. Other days I’m in the museum preparing fossils. I’ve been told that my graphic representation of sediments (stratigraphic columns as they are called) have an artistic flair to them, so I guess it depends on your definition of art.