Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) sets next exhibits

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) announced its 2018 exhibition schedule for the downtown San Diego location, 1100 Kettner Blvd. (between Broadway and B Streets). Renovation work continues at the Museum’s La Jolla location on Prospect Street, which is expected to reopen in late 2020.

• The season kicks off with MCASD’s biennial Art Auction, 6:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. It will feature live and silent auctions of approximately 100 works by early career and internationally recognized artists including John Baldessari, Liza Lou, Wangechi Mutu and Ed Ruscha. All works are carefully considered by MCASD’s director and curators. Tickets are $100 for members and $125 for non-members at

Yve Laris Cohen: Meeting Ground, April 19-Sept. 2. For his first solo museum presentation on the West Coast, Laris Cohen takes as his starting point MCASD La Jolla’s current expansion, a construction endeavor involving the conversion of Sherwood Auditorium into a multipurpose gallery. On the occasion of Sherwood’s disappearance, the artist has engaged in an excavation of the history of the auditorium and, in turn, of the Museum itself. His project will transpose architectural and archival elements of Sherwood to the Museum’s downtown building, extending the life of the former civic space. A former Sherwood events technician has been temporarily re-hired to assist with events taking place in the installation.

Laris Cohen (born 1985, San Diego, lives and works in New York) holds a BA from the UC Berkeley and an MFA from Columbia University. His work was presented in the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, as well as at venues including The Kitchen, New York; SculptureCenter, New York; The Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. His work is held in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art New York.

Sadie Barnette: Dear 1968, April 19-Sept. 2. Barnette mines personal and political histories using family photographs, recent drawings, and selections from the 500-page file that the FBI amassed after her father joined the Black Panther Party in 1968. The artist’s first solo museum show, this immersive re-imagining of the family album demonstrates that Barnette’s family story is not theirs alone. Examining the fraught relationship between the personal and the political, the everyday and the otherworldly, the past and the present, she reveals that the injustices of 1968 have not yet been relegated to the pages of history, but live on in new forms today.

Prospect 2018: April 19-Sept. 2. Each spring, MCASD’s curatorial staff organizes an exhibition of artworks to be considered for acquisition by members of Contemporary Collectors and International Collectors, the Museum’s premier support groups. In advance of being selected by ballot at the Annual Selection Dinner, the works are displayed in the galleries along with contextual pieces from the permanent collection. In the 33 years since the group’s inception, the Collectors Circle has gifted more than 100 artworks to the Museum.

Being Here With You/Cuando estoy contigo: Sept. 20-Feb. 3. The show will bring together work by 42 artists living and working in the San Diego and Tijuana regions. Filling the galleries of MCASD’s downtown location, it will include both early career and established artists, and will present new installations, videos, digital media, photography, sculptures, paintings and performances.

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