Date posted: 07/06/2011
Mellow Out at the Museum
With a lot of events coming up quickly this month in the San Diego area, late July and August look to be a little more calm and laid-back. Take some time out of the heat and enjoy a stroll through downtown San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art. A short walk from the Comfort Inn, this downtown museum provides contemporary art in a historic setting at the Jacobs Building, which at one point used to be the Santa Fe Depot baggage building! Check out the recent LED piece outside the building that reads “For MCASD” and features esteemed artist Jenny Holzer’s travel writing stories formed into the words. There is also a permanent exhibit from sculptor Richard Serra, who is known for working with large-scale assemblies of sheet metal.
There are a couple of fascinating exhibits right now that will be taken down mid-July. Prospect 2011 showcases a variety of media in the art world, including sculpture, photography, and installation work. It features local and internationally known artists. Another exhibit entitled Joan Jonas: The Shape, The Scent, The Feel of Things incorporates complex video influenced by the Hopi snake dance. The installation features references from the Southwest, which had a prominent impact on Jonas’ life. It examines the different cultures and stories in the Southwest, investigates meaningful values, and shapes her stories through props and other visual, aural, sensual, and imaginative channels as well.
Another exhibit at San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art that is set to stay until January of next year is Jennifer Steinkamp’s Madame Curie exhibit. Commissioned solely for this downtown San Diego museum, the exhibit is inspired by Steinkamp’s research into atomic energy and explosions, and their effects on nature. It will include seven synchronized projectors shown on 3 walls of the gallery. Steinkamp is known for her digital video work and the bodily experiences her art produces in its viewers.
For more information on the museum and for the museum hours, check out the Museum of Contemporary Art website. These exhibits are sure to provide you with lots of insight and complex thoughts, so bring your family or come alone and get lost in the beautiful artwork today!