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A Museum of Its Time and of Its Place

Exhibits

Art Alive

The museum's signature fundraiser that brings in floral designers to create interpretations of more than 100 works of art from the museum's permanent collection. These designers use floral and natural elements to create stunning takes on the museum's paintings, sculpture, and contemporary art with fresh flowers (and scent!) filling the museum for three days of celebrations, festivals, and workshops. This year, the museum’s central rotunda will be transformed into a lush and beautiful floral design and art experience reflective of the museum's incredible Asian art collection, encompassing the creativity, emotion, and powerful energy embodied by the element of fire. Runs April 29 to May 1.

East Coast, West Coast, and In-Between: Harry Sternberg and America

Features some of the most striking works produced during the various stages of Sternberg's 75-year artistic career. The artist is known for his psychological character studies, industrial landscapes, socially focused satires, self-portraits, and prints. Runs November 27 through May 8.

Sebastião Salgado

The San Diego Museum of Art has a selection of works by Salgado from its permanent collection and from the collections of MCASD and the Museum of Photographic Arts on view from February 20 through May 17.

Brueghel to Canaletto: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection

The exhibition features some of the finest still life and landscape paintings from leading Dutch, Flemish, Italian, Spanish, and German artists of the 17th and 18th Centuries, which have never before been displayed publicly. Brueghel to Canaletto brings together a rare grouping of artists from the "Golden Age," including Barent Avercamp, famous for his paintings of everyday life in the Netherlands; Juan van der Hamen y León, the most important Spanish still life painter of the 17th Century, whose style helped shape the development of still life through the 19th Century; and Canaletto, an artist renowned for his views of the canals of Venice. Runs April 2 to August 2.

Brush and Ink

Curated by acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai, the works were selected based on his personal history, experiences, and dedication to the medium of ink painting. Brush and Ink showcases the evolution of brush and ink painting from the 15th Century to the present day with works that include hand scrolls, hanging scrolls, and fans. Ink painting has a centuries-long history in China that endured many cultural shifts, including a period when the art form was suppressed due to political turmoil. Runs April 29 to September 4.

Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Exhibition explores sophisticated principles of color theory in the design of quilts ranging from the 19th Century to the early 20th Century. The featured quilts are from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s acclaimed Pilgrim/Roy Quilt Collection. Gerald Roy and his partner the late Paul Pilgrim stumbled into quilt collecting primarily through their interest in contemporary art. After noticing an Amish quilt hanging on a clothesline during a visit to Pennsylvania one summer, Roy and Pilgrim were amazed by the color and became fascinated with early Amish quilts, because they were so reminiscent to the groundbreaking work of later 20th Century Abstract Expressionist and Op Art pioneers.

Quilts and Color will be arranged according to the aspects of color theory, with sections focusing on color contrasts, chromatic vibrations, mixtures, gradations, and harmonies in the quilt designs, and examining innovative optical effects of shape and color, as well as creative variations on more traditional quilt patterns. On view May 28 through September 4.

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