Calendar: Thursday, November 22, 2012


A Season to Savor:Autum Across Europe

Our gallery welcomes the fall season with a show celebrating a visual feast of picturesque autum scenes from around Europe. Artists capture its vitality and kaleidoscope of colors with a showcase of masterworks by Galien Laloue, Szertz, Marini, Kiperas, Roshin, Guillement, Payes and others.

Susan Hiller: Psi Girls

Describing her work as "paraconceptual" American-born and London-based artist Susan Hiller combines modalities of conceptual art practice with investigations of paranormal phenomena. The influence of the inexplicable on the everyday finds particular expression in Psi Girls, a five-screen video installation comprising color-altered clips from five popular films of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

BOLD: The Art of DNA Barcoding

This interactive exhibition of tropical biodiversity art, science and technology features innovative Seattle artist Joseph Rossano's biodiversity scuplture series inspired and accompanied by acclaimed tropical ecologist Dr. Daniel H. Janzen's caterpillar and butterfly photographs from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG), Costa Rica.

A Hammer, a Bell and a Song to Sing

From the American Revolution to the civil rights movement to the Occupy protests, music has served as a powerful agent of change in American history. Inspired by the songs and words of legendary activist Pete Seeger, “A Hammer, a Bell and a Song to Sing” celebrates this history in song, story and spoken word with more than 25 selections from multiple artists. Seeger’s grandson, Tao Seeger, said, “If we want to get people talking to each other, we should try to get them singing together.”

Heart & Soul of Mexico

One of the most esteemed Mexican muralists and painters, Raul Anguiano depicts the people, customs, celebrations and traditions of Mexico throughout this rare collection of more than 90 pieces of art never shown previously in the United States. There will also be photographs by Mario Castillo, born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico, in 1953. Castillo is a self-taught photographer whose work has focused on the ethnic groups of Mexico and is a recipient of multiple prizes and acknowledgements across Mexico and the United States.

Behold, America!

This fall, three San Diego art museums — the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art — will bring together the finest American works from their permanent collections to present a groundbreaking collaborative exhibition titled "Behold, America!: Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums." Internationally known for their permanent collections and scholarly exhibitions, these institutions together provide a three-museum venue for "Behold, America!," which will be on view from Nov. 10, 2012, through Feb. 10, 2013. This civic collaboration, which presents work from the colonial period to the present, offers an unprecedented opportunity to view the full sweep of American art history as told through the visual art of three institutions, and to reconsider how national and individual identities have shifted over time. While lending selected works among institutions is not uncommon, "Behold, America!" is unique in the scope of the exchange and the intermingling of these distinctive collections. It is also the first time the three institutions have worked together on one project.

Organic Colonies, a Group Exhibition

This group exhibition features the work of five local artists: Jenny Armer, Renetta Happe', Therese Herron, Socrates M. Medina and Josie Rodrioguez. The exhibition explores the complex interconnectedness between the individual and society in our globalized world. The artwork presents modern "urban colonies" as dynamics realms of bustling organisms functioning within their own microcosms.

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Yoshimi must choose between two boyfriends, but first she’s got to take down an army of pink robots. This magical tale of love and the struggle for survival is a poignant and humanistic story set to the music of The Flaming Lips. Featuring a 14-foot robot puppet, dancers in glowing LED costumes and stunning projections, this is another world premiere musical from Playhouse Director Emeritus and Tony Award winner Des McAnuff that you just cannot miss.

John Doe: The Musical

Five personalities find themselves in a hospital waiting room. Each of them are a part of the fractured psyche of John Doe, a mystery patient suffering from a traumatic brain injury that has fractured his mind and cut off his ability to communicate. As each fragment attempts to unravel its true identity, John Doe's will to live is challenged as memories of his life and the mystery behind his near death are revealed. Only through the fragments' shared will, can John Doe take back his identity and his life and bring his assailant to justice.

Winter C-Note Event

It is time once more for the most anticipated, lively and capricious of fundraisers. C-Note consists of original artwork — donated by our members, emerging regional artists — sold right off the wall for one ($100), two ($200) or three ($300) C-Notes. It gives new and experienced art collectors alike an opportunity to purchase original works at less expensive prices. The SDAI’s C-Note fundraiser benefits many programs.

Artist in Residence: Alan Feltus

American-born artist Alan Feltus, a longtime resident of Assisi, Italy, creates figurative work using himself as a model for poignant male and female forms. The elusive mood he seeks, both real and invented, is continually redefined until an inexplicable energy is set in motion within the edges of the canvas.

Living as Form (The Nomadic Version)

An international project exploring more than 20 years of cultural works that blur the forms art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue and community engagement.

Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis

Part of the MCASD’s ongoing "Cerca" series, this mixed media installation by sound artist Margaret Noble charts a psychogeographical path through San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood, where the artist grew up. Combining visual traces of the neighborhood’s early Victorian years and motifs drawn from 1980s urban pop culture, "Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis" takes the form of an ephemeral sculptural environment comprising hundreds of cut paper forms. The installation also incorporates an experiential soundscape spread over 14 handmade paper speakers, and will serve as the set for a series of sound-based performances by Noble. A performance will take place on Nov. 17.

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