Celebrate Local Youth Artists At MCASD’s Youth School Partnership Showcase on May 21
Through the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Extended School Partnership (ESP) program, Hoover High School students in Studio Art classes explored works in the exhibition Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui. In response to their experiences in the galleries, students developed original works of art in various mediums ranging from photography to ceramics and performance. Join the Hoover High School students in the Berglund Room and Woods Terrace on May 21 from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate their work. This event is held during Free Third Thursday and is free to attend.
Founded in 1941 as The Art Center in La Jolla, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has evolved into an organization of national and international renown. The collection includes more than 4,000 works created since 1950, and reflects an artistic program that encourages promising emerging artists and recognizes mid-career artists whose work deserves more visibility. The Museum serves the region as a vital cultural and civic asset, with contemporary art and living artists at its core.
The La Jolla location was originally an Irving Gill-designed residence, built in 1916 as the home of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. Today, MCASD La Jolla comprises nearly three acres of prime oceanfront property, including the Edwards Sculpture Garden. Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates’ renovation of MCASD’s La Jolla location opened in 1996.
In 1993, following a series of storefront gallery locations in downtown San Diego in the late 1980s, MCASD opened a permanent downtown location in America Plaza at 1001 Kettner Boulevard, across the street from the Santa Fe Depot. In a building by architect Helmut Jahn, the Museum’s interiors were designed by the artists-architect team of Robert Irwin, Richard Fleischner, and David Raphael Singer.
In January 2007, MCASD expanded the downtown location with the opening of two Richard Gluckman-designed buildings across the street from the 1001 Kettner location, and major commissioned site-specific works by Jenny Holzer, Richard Serra, Richard Wright, and Roman de Salvo. The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Building (formerly the Santa Fe Depot baggage building built in 1915-16) features light-filled galleries and large spaces suitable for the presentation of large-scale installations and site-specific works. The David C. Copley Building includes The Berglund Room for lectures and programs, The Woods Terrace for events, and The Betlach Family Foundation education room for hands-on, interactive art activities.
The three-building facility of MCASD Downtown, along with MCASD La Jolla, provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community as well as out-of-town visitors, with a dynamic schedule of contemporary exhibitions, public programs, and education programs.
With two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the region’s foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time, presenting works across all media created since 1950. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego and in the coastal community of La Jolla, MCASD provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community, showcasing an internationally recognized collection and a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and public programs.
At MCASD in Downtown, experience contemporary art in a historic setting – the Jacobs Building, formerly the Santa Fe Depot baggage building – and view site-specific installations by artists Jenny Holzer and Richard Serra. At MCASD in La Jolla, take in the fabulous ocean view from the Edwards Garden Gallery, or lunch on the patio at the Museum Cafe. The La Jolla location also houses the Museum’s X Store, filled with a selection of contemporary art books, apparel, and innovative design objects.