The San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) are pleased to present internationally renowned sculptor Charles Ray as the featured speaker for the 13th annual Axline Lecture at MCASD La Jolla. Ray’s work is currently on view at MCASD as part of Lifelike.
Combining a keen interest in materiality with an ethos of performance, Ray’s labor-intensive works serve as calculated meditations on perception and meaning. The Los Angeles-based artist is best known for his uncanny sculptures, which alter and refashion familiar objects, testing the viewer’s ability to discern between what seems to be and what is.
Since 2000, The San Diego Museum of Art and MCASD have partnered to present the annual Axline Lecture (hosted on alternate years by each museum) in honor of Jackie and Rea Axline, long-time trustees and supporters of both museums who in 1999 bequeathed generous endowments to both institutions.
Image: Charles Ray, No, 1991, color photograph in artist's frame, ed. of four, 37-1/2 x 29-1/2 inches. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Gift of Lannan Foundation 97.91. © Charles Ray, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.