With an eye for unearthing cultural hypocrisy and advocating for exploited people, Álvarez Muñoz responds to social injustice in her colorful art.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Yolanda López, Whose Art Was a Call to Look at Chicana Women
In 1978, Yolanda López debuted a body of work whose imagery would reshape the visual language of Chicanx feminism.
How an LA Printmaking Workshop Advanced the Career of Women Artists
Ruth Asawa, Anni Albers, and others first experimented with printmaking at June Wayne’s Tamarind Lithography Workshop.
A Vibrant Arts Community Bridges Two Cities Separated by a Contentious Border
A cultural community has emerged in San Diego and Tijuana that recognizes where the cities diverge but also where they overlap.
A Sordid Story of FBI Oppression Told Through Spray Paint, Glitter, and Toys
This exhibition demonstrates Sadie Barnette’s genuine belief in the possibility of taking one’s time to look through one’s past, diligently, to find a political orientation that does not resent this past, or skip over it, but goes through it.
Rebirth of Stagnant San Diego Art Institute Riles Some of Its Members
Since taking the reins at the San Diego Art Institute in March 2014, Ginger Shulick Porcella has thoroughly revamped the nonprofit art space, increasing its visibility, diversifying its programming, and drawing praise from everyone with a stake in the local art scene — well, almost everyone.
WTF Is… Light and Space?
Earlier this week I posted a review of MCASD’s current show Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface. Reading this, you might have thought, “Cool! Perceptual deprivation! Now I’ll know what it was like doing LSD in the 1960s and 1970s without worrying about passing a drug test at work!” Which is all well and good. But you also might have wondered, beyond the entertainment factor, why should you care. What exactly is the Light and Space movement and why is it important?
Messing With Your Senses With “Phenomenal” Light in California
SAN DIEGO — One of the most anticipated shows of Pacific Standard Time — the Getty’s epic initiative to “celebrate the birth of the LA art scene” and demonstrate that art history has also been made outside of New York — is the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface. Spanning both the La Jolla and Downtown locations, Phenomenal seeks to investigate the artists working in the 1960s and 1970s who turned to light instead of form and addressed notions of perception. For artists playing with natural light, Southern California was the perfect place to work.
China Demands Return of San Diego Contemporary Museum’s Ai Weiwei
Tyler Green has this incredible story — China is demanding the return of two marble chair sculptures by Ai Weiwei recently bought by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego due to a claimed export license problem. Is China trying to censor Ai’s work abroad?
Report from San Diego: Ai Weiwei, Sam Gilliam, Helen Pashgian
Prospect 2011 continues at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego until July 10, 2011
Everyone Wants to be First
There is apparently something about institutional street art shows that move museum folk towards declarations of their firstness. Street Art at the Tate Modern in 2008 was billed as “the first major public museum display of Street Art in London” while just last winter Hugh Davies, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, glowed that he was “really proud” to be “the first (American) museum to do an international street art show of this scale and scope.”
Art In The Streets, the latest and of course much buzzed exhibition opening at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art is billed by MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch as — surprise surprise — “the first exhibition to position the work … from street culture in the context of contemporary art history.”