Soak up contemporary art, culture, and performances.
Pick your date or come every day for Summer Break, the Museum’s new contemporary art festival, August 1-10.
At the Museum
9: 00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Symposium:
New Thoughts on the Photographic Portrait
Offsite at Helmuth Projects**
*Programs marked with asterisks are free and require no ticket or admission fee.
^Programs marked with carets require an additional ticket. Visit the calendar listings for those individual programs for ticket pricing.
**Programs at Helmuth Projects are located at 1827 5th Avenue in Bankers Hill.
Lauren Carrera and Prudence Horne: 15 Minutes of Fame
The title of Lauren Carrera and Prudence Horne’s 15 Minutes of Fame references the prediction of Andy Warhol, but the work takes its inspiration from a painting in the Museum’s permanent collection: Roland Petersen’s Shaded Figure (1968). For their project, Carrera and Horne have created a tableau vivant within an oversized frame that mimics the composition of Petersen’s work. Unlike a static painting, 15 Minutes of Fame will consistently change throughout the day as 35 local artists stand in for the figure approximately every quarter of an hour throughout the weekend. The piece comments on the Museum as arbiter of cultural worth and its relationship to the local art scene.
Prudence Horne earned her MFA from Pratt Institute, New York, and has received numerous grants and residency positions throughout the world, including the Achill Heinrich Boll Association and Fundación Valparaiso. Horne’s abstract landscape paintings have been shown widely and are in several corporate collections. Trained at Rutgers University and the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Lauren Carrera currently has studios in La Jolla and Portland. She was nominated as one of the “New Contemporaries” for the San Diego Art Prize in 2012. Her paintings hang in residential and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Jon Rubin and Felipe Castelblanco, in collaboration with Sohrab Kashani: The Foreigner
Using mobile technology, local actors serve as human avatars for Sohrab Kashani, a 24-year-old Iranian curator who lives in Tehran. Through these actors, you can meet Sohrab, who sits in an art exhibition in Tehran at the same time. The Foreigner presents an uncanny circumstance where the separation between self and other, local and foreign, is collapsed and confused, and the geopolitical distance between the United States and Iran is made personal and local.
Jon Rubin creates interventions into public life that reinvent social and political conditions and create new platforms for agency, participation, and exchange. His projects include starting a radio station in an abandoned steel town that only plays the sound of an extinct bird and running a restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. He has exhibited at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; The Shanghai Biennial; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, among other venues.
Felipe Castelblanco is a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of participatory, socially engaged, and new media art. His work seeks to create new experiences of publicness and coexistent (if sometimes contentious) encounters through urban interventions, video, interactivity, and networked installations. His work has been shown internationally, including the FAD festival in Brazil, Camaguey International Video Art Festival in Cuba, and the Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Colombia.
Sohrab Kashani is an interdisciplinary artist and curator based in Tehran, Iran. He is the Director/Curator at Sazmanab Platform for Contemporary Arts, one the only independent spaces for contemporary art in Iran.
Casting for the San Diego iteration of The Foreigner was provided by local, award winning theater New Village Arts. Please check out the exciting line-up for NVA's 13th season!
Lucy Eron and Daniela Kelly (Museum Educators): From Photo to Print: Silkscreen Portraits
Learn how to create a silkscreen print in this hands-on art-making workshop inspired by the exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass. Participants will experiment with the technique of silk screening and stencil making to create an iconic portrait based on a photographic image. Sip a glass of wine as you work and admire your creation when it is displayed that same evening at Helmuth Projects. Photographs will be taken on site and all materials are included. Light refreshments will be provided.
If you could soundtrack the brooding ocean and the jazz of the surf, the Mattson 2 would most certainly be the composers. These two musicians mix deft layering, detailed composition, and an altogether unmistakable sound that brings to mind everyone from Charles Mingus and Chet Baker to the Smiths and the Jesus and Mary Chain.
Free after Museum admission unless otherwise noted.