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


(858)  454-3541 ext. 179


About the Artists

• Over the past decade, Brazilian artist


s recent innovations were spurred by her discovery of sunburst painting, a finish used on guitars to posit an area of light, transparent color surrounded by a gradual darkening toward the edges, producing the effect of a tonal burst or explosion. Working with an expert painter of musical instruments, Banfi learned the technique, in turn producing a breakthrough series of shaped paintings on wood, such as the diptych


  1. Though the sunburst technique is associated with guitars,


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