A Legacy of Art Loved: Gifts from Robert and Dorothy Shapiro

Friday, Jan 23, 2015-Sunday, Apr 19, 2015
Gary Lang
2005, acrylic on canvas. Gift of Robert Shapiro and the artist by exchange.
Wraseling Girls
Luis Gispert
Wraseling Girls
2002, FujiFlex print mounted on acrylic. Gift of Robert Shapiro.

Featured Artists

Robert and Dorothy Shapiro were avid and joyful contemporary art enthusiasts who were involved with MCASD for nearly 50 years, from the 1960s to 2012, as supporters, advocates, and collectors. Together they built a collection of works by both established and emerging contemporary artists, from which they donated 20 objects—in painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography—to the Museum. This exhibition presents a selection of those works, from David Reed’s expressive abstractions to Gillian Wearing’s investigations of identity, and Robert Rauschenberg’s playful use of materials to Luis Gispert’s photographic mashups of art history and hip hop culture.

A Legacy of Art Loved: Gifts from Robert and Dorothy Shapiro is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego with artworks generously donated by the Shapiro family, and is made possible by proceeds from the 2014 Biennial Art Auction. 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.