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Open Doors La Jolla on November 16

La Jolla Community, News | 6th Nov 2014

Open Doors La Jolla 2014

Visitors are invited to enjoy free admission and tours at each of the participating institutions that make up the historic Cultural Zone of La Jolla on November 16, from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. This open house-style event provides guests the opportunity to learn La Jolla’s story by exploring buildings the public may not typically have a chance to see.

Participating institutions include:

  • Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla
  • The Bishop’s School
  • The Cuvier Club
  • La Jolla Historical Society
  • La Jolla Recreation Center
  • La Jolla Women’s Club
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • St. James by the Sea

Free public parking for Open Doors La Jolla will be available at The Bishop’s School’s parking garage, accessed from La Jolla Blvd.

Join us at MCASD for complimentary tours of our exhibition Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting at 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. For five decades, Jack Whitten (b. 1939, Bessemer, AL) has kept time through his innovative studio process. In his canvases, he explores the possibilities of paint, the role of the artist, and the allure of material essence. As a child of the segregated south, he bears witness to expressions of evil and the resilience of the human spirit. As a diligent formalist, Whitten explores and exploits the newest acrylic and dry pigment media, the register of the image, and the edge of the canvas. As the New York artist, schooled in the sixties and maturing in the seventies, he balances on the fulcrum of the century that was and the century to come. He is an artist of his moment due precisely to his respect for the past and commitment to the present. Whitten creates in the moment in order to harness the essence of matter. From his first spectral canvases, as a graphic trace of a haunted soul, to his recent “Apps for Obama,” a key for complex, contemporary life, Whitten’s poetic and physically compelling compositions capture what is needed, what is left, what is remembered, and what is next. Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting surveys this enduring artist’s career with approximately 60 canvasses from the mid-1960s to the present.

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 theMuseum 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.

 

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