San Diego art museums open joint exhibition of American works, first in La Jolla
From Museum Reports
San Diego’s three art museums — The Timken, Museum of Contemporary Art, and San Diego Museum of Art — have been working for the past five years on a joint exhibit that opens Friday, Nov. 9, titled “Behold America!” The exhibit features art from each of the museums’ collections, grouped into three main sections: Frontiers, Figures and Forms. Each museum will show works from all three collections.
• Frontiers, now open at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, celebrates landscape: the rich natural beauty of the United States, its vibrant urban spaces, its legendary westward settlement and the breathtakingly beautiful California landscape.
• Figures, opening Nov. 10 at The San Diego Museum of Art, examines the human form, presented by some of the most significant artists in the history of American art: John Singleton Copley, Eastman Johnson, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Cindy Sherman and John Currin.
• The Forms section, opening Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Timken Museum of Art, examines more inanimate objects, including works that range from early 19th-century still- lifes to more avant-garde interpretations. This section includes still-lifes of meat by Raphaelle Peale and a magnolia blossom by Martin Johnson Heade; abstractions by modernists Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, and Stuart Davis are major strengths of the exhibition; and pure formal sculptures by Sol Le Witt and Martin Puryear are included. This section reveals changing attitudes to form and represent a pioneering approach by American artists in their attention to color, shape and line.
• For all: Curator Amy Galpin offers insider knowledge about the installation and process, 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. Free for members; free for non-members with museum admission, $5-$10.
• For teachers: Take an Educator First Look Tour to learn strategies for discussing works of art in a Gallery Teaching Lab, get hands-on in an ArtLAB, and learn more at a Perspectives talk between Galpin and artist Rubén Ortiz-Torres. RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 12 by sending an e-mail with your name, institution, and number in your party to email@example.com with subject line “Educator Reception.” This program is also at Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St., and is free.
Exhibit Schedules: mcasd.org sdart.org or timkenmuseum.org
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