San Diego art museums open joint exhibition of American works, first in La Jolla

Now at MCASD, La Jolla: ‘Border Crossing’ 1989, fiberglass with acrylic urethane finish by luis Jiminez (1940-2006).

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.

Curator Tours

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 with subject line “Educator Reception.” This program is also at Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St., and is free.

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