Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla
Art museum with a focus on works of art from 1950 to the present.
General admission is $10. Open 11am-5pm every day except Wednesday.
Second location in downtown San Diego.
Lost in the Memory Palace
The multimedia artworks of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller emphasize aural and visual experiences that transport the viewer to other realms of consciousness. Their work is highly scripted, meticulously detailed, and often cinematic in scope, breaking down distinctions between fiction and everyday reality. Through various levels of engagement, the viewer becomes a participant, either witnessing a phenomenon or becoming immersed in a scenario.
Janet Cardiff began collaborating with fellow Canadian artist and partner George Bures Miller in 1995. When Cardiff and Miller represented Canada at the 49th Venice Biennale with The Paradise Institute (2001), they won both La Biennale di Venezia Special Award and the Benesse Prize, which recognizes artists who “break new artistic ground with an experimental and pioneering spirit.” They are now among the foremost artists of their generation, and their work has been shown around the world.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Lost in the Memory Palace is a selected survey that takes as its focus Cardiff and Miller’s work from the mid-1990s to today. Spanning a period from key early pieces such as Dark Pool (1995) and The Muriel Lake Incident (1999) to recent works including Killing Machine (2007) and Experiment in F# Minor (2013), the exhibition consists of a series of discrete immersive environments.
These installations, all of which have a strong architectural character, are imaginary spaces where time slows down and is altered, allowing fictional and historical narratives to blend and merge with the viewer’s own experience and memory. On view through January 12, 2014.
Scripps on Prospect
On view in Axline Court, this novel collaboration between MCASD and the La Jolla Historical Society examines the historical evolution of their respective buildings at 700 and 780 Prospect Street. Constructed within less than a decade of each other at the turn of the twentieth century, both institutions’ original buildings share an association with the Scripps family—MCASD was Ellen Browning Scripps’s residence, while Wisteria Cottage belonged to her half-sister, Eliza Virginia. They also have an association with modernist architect Irving Gill, who designed or remodeled each of the buildings. This exhibition traces significant changes in the buildings over time, including architectural additions to MCASD by Robert Mosher and Robert Venturi, and Wisteria Cottage’s transformation into the Balmer School and later The Nexus and John Cole’s bookstores. Together, these iconic buildings have remained cultural and educational landmarks, linked with a common past that reflects the history of the La Jolla community. On view through January 12, 2014.
Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez
Photographer Dana Montlack’s richly hued images isolate and abstract biological specimens into beguiling graphic elements. Working with micro lenses, Montlack makes the unseen visible in compositions that convey both specificity and mystery. Her newest body of work directly references John Steinbeck’s The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951). Steinbeck’s book recounts his six-week expedition through the Gulf of California with marine biologist Ed Ricketts. Part intertidal taxonomy, part ecological travelogue, the book considers themes of home, mapping, and environmental harmony. Working collaboratively with the scientists and staff members at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium, Montlack selected and photographed specimens and charts from the waterways Steinbeck explored. By isolating and layering this source imagery, drawn from the vast Scripps Oceanographic Collections, Montlack crafts a new taxonomy of place. On view through January 12, 2014.
Hito Steyerl: Guards
Berlin-based filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl is interested in the proliferation and circulation of images in our globalized world. She often works with the format of the video essay, combining a heterogeneous range of material, including interviews, found footage, fictional dramatizations, pop-music sound tracks, and first-person voiceovers. With her recent piece Guards (2012), Steyerl turns her attention to the intersection of national security and the security of cultural treasures. Commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago, Guards features interviews with museum security staff who have military and law enforcement backgrounds, including one of MCASD’s own security services representatives, Ron Hicks. The video follows the officers as they move through the Art Institute’s galleries, recounting harrowing stories from their law enforcement days. In one scene, Hicks reenacts a stakeout recalled from his previous career as a Federal Police Officer serving as part of a Special Reaction Team. He was invited to participate in the project after former Art Institute of Chicago curator Lisa Dorin visited the exhibition Phenomenal at MCASD in 2011 and the two struck up a conversation. On view through December 8, 2013.
Friday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
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