This focused exhibition presents a group of works from the Museum’s permanent collection that explore relationships between art and forms of political speech and protest. In his Go Tell It series, from which the exhibition takes its name, Mario Ybarra, Jr. evokes the social activist as a lone figure, asking who has the ability to voice protest and who is there to hear it. Two pieces by Andrea Bowers draw inspiration from posters carried in demonstrations: a small drawing of a woman, singled out from a crowded protest, and a thirteen-foot drawing on cardboard that depicts Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty. This presentation also includes pieces by artists Damon Davis, Jenny Holzer, Rubén Otiz Torres, and Ai Weiwei, as well as a work on loan by Cognate Collective.
Go Tell It: Selections from MCASD’s Collection is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and made possible by generous lead underwriting support from Melissa and Michael Bartell and the Cochrane Exhibition 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.