Works chosen at annual Selection Dinner, featured in Prospect 2013 at MCASD La Jolla
From MCASD Reports
At the 2013 Selection Dinner on Wednesday, May 8, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s International Collectors and Contemporary Collectors voted to purchase new works by four artists for the Museum’s collection:
- Chiara Banfi’s diptych Redburst, 2012;
- Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s sculpture Bird In Space Prototype for MACH 10 Hypervelocity Test (Produced in collaboration with the United States Air Force, Arnold Engineering Development Center and University of Maryland College Park), 2012, and the accompanying photograph MACH 3 Hypervelocity Test (Run 2, 001003), 2012;
- Two related works by Andrea Bowers: a monumental drawing titled One Big Union, 2012, and a small photorealist drawing, Legalize My Man, 2012.
- And Martha Rosler’s photomontage Runway, 1967-1972.
The prices of the works by the four artists exceeded the amount that was available for the acquisitions, and additional monies were contributed by several Collectors: Brent Woods and Laurie Mitchell; Michael and Tami Lang; Maryanne and Irv Pfister; Faye Hunter; and Lise Wilson and Steve Strauss.
These acquisitions are on view at MCASD La Jolla through May 27 as part of the exhibition Prospect 2013.
About the Collectors
For the past 28 years, MCASD’s premier membership groups (the Contemporary Collectors and the International Collectors) have provided significant funds for the acquisition of new works for the Museum’s collection through their annual dues.
Each year, MCASD’s curatorial staff organizes an exhibition of works to be considered for acquisition by the Collectors, and these works are then selected by ballot at the Annual Selection Dinner, which this year was generously underwritten by Northern Trust. This year, Members reviewed works by artists Chiara Banfi, Andrea Bowers, Tiago Carneiro da Cunha, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Martha Rosler, and Anna Sew Hoy.
Thanks to the Collectors’ support, MCASD has added 100 works to its collection-works that were collectively purchased for approximately $3.4 million and that today are valued at over $12.7 million.
The support of the International and Contemporary Collectors has allowed MCASD’s curators to discover new artists, enrich the MCASD collection, and build an engaged and informed community of collectors in San Diego.
International Collectors is co-chaired by Joan & Irwin Jacobs. Contemporary Collectors is co-chaired by Nancy and Matt Browar and Drs. Stacy and Paul Jacobs.
In addition to the Annual Selection Dinner, International and Contemporary Collector Members receive VIP access to all Museum exhibitions, art tours, lectures, literary, film, education, and performing art programs. For more information about joining the group, contact Edie Nehls at firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 454-3541 ext. 179.
About the Artists
• Chicago-based artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle investigates the forces and systems-whether natural or cultural, social or scientific-that shape our globalized world. Working in sculpture, photography, video, and installation, he returns again and again to subjects such as modernity, technology, the environment, and immigration, and these concerns often intersect or overlap. He frequently collaborates with scientists, architects, engineers, and biotech researches, among others, to realize to his technically complex works. Bird in Space Prototype for MACH 10 Hypervelocity Test takes as its starting point the 1926-1928 legal battle over Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space, which was denied its status as a work of art and instead categorized as a manufactured metal object-subject to taxes from which works of art were exempt-delaying its entry into the U.S. If Brancusi’s iconic sculpture abstracts the physical characteristics of a bird to suggest the aerodynamics of flight, Manglano-Ovalle’s life-size reproduction made of aluminum and steel literalizes this suggestion. Working with engineers from the US Air Force Hypervelocity Testing facilities, Manglano-Ovalle subjected the sculpture to a hypervelocity test in a MACH 3 wind tunnel, setting the bird in flight at hypersonic speeds. The accompanying photograph MACH 3 Hypervelocity Test captures the sculpture’s flight in the wind tunnel through Schlieren photography, a process used in aeronautical engineering to photograph the flow of air around objects. Here Manglano-Ovalle returns Brancusi’s modernist sculpture to the site of militaristic technology that its streamlined form and seemingly machine-tooled surface always suggested.
• Andrea Bowers is best known for virtuosic photorealist drawings based on archival source materials drawn from recent social and political history-old photographs, album covers, political buttons. This archival impulse remains central to Bowers’s process-she typically exhibits scrapbooks of research and ephemera along with more discrete artworks-but has been increasingly accompanied by an equally strong activist impulse. In the mid-2000s Bowers’s subject matter turned to a sustained exploration of direct action and non-violent civil disobedience, and she consistently solicits the involvement of grassroots community groups in her projects.
Bowers’s monumental drawing One Big Union depicts the figure of Libertas, Roman goddess of liberty, illuminating the sky and a sea of citizens below with her torch, in a manner recalling the Statue of Liberty. One of three recent large-scale drawings that appropriate political graphics from the early twentieth century, the drawing’s source image derives from the cover of the sheet music for “Internationale,” a song written in 1872 that would become a popular left-wing anthem. Rendered in Sharpie marker on a field of found cardboard, the work evokes the protest signage of recent Occupy movement encampments. Holding a dialogue with the 13-foot piece is a comparatively tiny photorealist drawing of a woman carrying a protest sign that reads “Legalize my Man.” Based on a photograph taken at last year’s May Day March in Los Angeles, this contemporary Libertas figure extends the call of One Big Union to include the rights of immigrants.
• Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of her generation, Martha Rosler is concerned with the social and political underpinnings of everyday life. Though she is perhaps best known for her photographic work, Rosler’s practice also encompasses video, performance, installation, and extensive critical writings. While Rosler’s work is often aligned with feminist politics, her practice suggests that gender inequities are never distinct or separate from other forms of injustice. She is concerned with the workings of power broadly, as manifested in commonplace situations and rituals, ranging from cooking and garage sales, to airport travel and mass media reporting.
Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum’s collection includes more than 4,000 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Dr. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.
Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. www.mcasd.org
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