TNT (Thursday Night Thing)

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 - 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Dive deeper into the art with tours, art-making activities, live music on the plaza, tasty cocktails, and delicious bites from everyone’s favorite food truck—MIHO Gastrotruck. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students, and free for MCASD Members. Not a Member? Join today!

MCASD Members are invited to pick up a drink voucher at check in and enjoy a drink on us, along with a tour from Chief Curator Kathryn Kanjo at 7: 15 PM.

Don't miss live music on the plaza from Twin Cabins--solo project of musician Nacho Cano--and Tori Roze and the Hot Mess. Tori and her band were nominated for Best Blues Album at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards.

This TNT (Thursday Night Thing) offers the opportunity to celebrate one of our newest exhibitions, Scoli Acosta: ELEMENTALISTHMUS. Acosta’s presentation at MCASD is his first solo exhibition in a museum on the West Coast and will feature a series of the artist’s Pentagonal Monochromes (Tambourines). Acosta first became interested in the pentagonal form that recurs in his work after seeing Chris Marker’s film, The Sixth Side of the Pentagon, which documents the 1967 Pentagon March in protest of the war in Vietnam. It was in the context of Marker’s film that Acosta encountered Yippee prankster Abbie Hoffman’s performative attempt to levitate the Pentagon, which Hoffman claimed could be achieved by using psychic energy to raise the building until it turned orange and began to vibrate. At TNT, Acosta will stage a performance referencing Hoffman’s action, as well as engaging his own vibrating, pentagonal tambourines. The performance will also incorporate a screening of Marker’s The Sixth Side of the Pentagon.

Select works from the permanent collection will also be on view during TNT, as well as The Very Large Array: San Diego/Tijuana Artists in the MCA Collection. This expansive group show features two-dimensional works displayed in a dense, salon-style hanging covering the walls. A separate white cube space designed for the exhibition occupies the center of the room, presenting focused selections of works inside the cube, which change seasonally. TNT will also serve as the debut for a new selection of works in the cube space that explore activist art focused on border issues, including works by David Avalos, Louis Hock, Victor Payan, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Elizabeth Sisco, Perry Vasquez, and others.

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