Two new photo exhibits open Saturday at the MOPA in Balboa Park

One of the images from the "Image That" exhibition at MOPA.
One of the images from the "Image That" exhibition at MOPA.

Two new year-long exhibitions, “Inside Out: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” and “Imagine That! Photographing an Invisible World,” will open at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in Balboa Park with walk-throughs guided by artists and curators.

“Imaging That” is an in-depth examination of the pursuit of photography to capture invisible worlds and unseeable phenomenon. The exhibition contains work from 24 photographers, ranging from scientists to artists and commercial studio photographers, all culled from MoPA’s rich permanent collection.

“Inside Out” will feature 15 photographs, among them Hill and Adamson’s stunning 19


century portraits and the work of 20


century masters, such as Ansel Adams and Berenice Abbott, exhibited alongside contemporary works by Bill Armstrong, Ana Busto and Nicholas Nixon. The exhibit demonstrates the varied uses of photography over the 170-year history of the medium.

“ ‘Inside Out’ is a small yet remarkable exhibition in that you can truly feel and experience the tension emanating from the photographer’s relationship with the camera,” said Deborah Klochko, executive director, MoPA.

“Inside Out” also includes a smartphone Audio In|Sight tour, bringing community voices and expert opinions into conversation with permanent collection holdings.

MoPA is one of the premier institutions in the United States devoted to photography, film and video. Since its founding in 1983, MoPA has been dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium. The Museum’s endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and public programs.

If you go


Two exhibits, “Imagine That’ and “Inside Out”


Museum of Photographic Arts, (MOPA), 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park


: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Closed Mondays.


$4-$6; free to county residents and military on second Tuesdays

Opening event:

11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 with guided walk-throughs

Docent tours:

Free for student groups with reservations; discounted for non-students with reservations


(619) 238-7559

Up Next:

“Streetwise: Masters of ‘60s Photography,” opens 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 with gallery walk-through with featured artist and consulting guest curator Andy Grundberg



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