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View tours on our SDMA App, see gallery talks and performances on our YouTube channel, and explore even more resources online and through social media. Welcome to the Museum, no matter where you are.
Enjoy at-home art activities for emerging and established art students of all ages from the Museum Education team. Explore drawing exercises, crafts, writing prompts, videos, podcasts, and more inspired by The San Diego Museum of Art collections.
Through July 18, 2021In Sanskrit poetry, people and elephants live harmoniously in a shared natural world, where elephants enhance the aesthetic pleasure of the landscape by augmenting almost all of the human senses. Inspired by this inherent reverence for the elephant, an appreciation rooted in India’s rich literary traditions and folklore, artists at the courts of Muslim and Hindu rulers produced splendid paintings and studies of elephants, many of which were admired in albums, and others conceived as independent compositions or as designs for transfer to other media.
Through September 6, 2021Contemporary artist Cauleen Smith creates a new work of art–a video that premieres at the San Diego Museum of Art that is inspired by one of the most important works in the Museum’s collection, Juan Sánchez Cotán’s Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber (ca. 1602).
Through April 18, 2021The Museum shares the extraordinary artistic accomplishment of 17th-century painters and printmakers from the Dutch Republic. The exhibition, Rembrandt and Printmaking in the Netherlands, includes approximately 20 etchings and engravings by Rembrandt.
Through March 7, 2021Acclaimed photographer Mary Ellen Mark (1940–2015) brought a team of assistants and a large-format Polaroid camera to Twinsburg, Ohio, for the annual Twins Days Festival over the summers of 2001 and 2002. The resulting series of extraordinary portraits captures, in astounding detail and clarity, the fascinating physical similarity of identical twins. Just as engaging are the subtle differences between each pair, confirming each twin’s individuality. Amid a range of anecdotes and confessed frustrations, the intense bond shared between these special siblings is further illuminated in their personal statements.
Through March 14, 2021Emphasizing iconic images by some of the most famous photographers from the 20th century to the present, this exhibition presents a broad sampling from the substantial holdings of local collectors Cam and Wanda Garner. This group of pictures, diverse in subject, style, photographic medium, and chronology, presents an occasion to reflect on photography’s role in history and society, and to consider its future trajectory.
Step inside the Museum from anywhere with our new 360 tour! Enjoy 360-degree scans of your favorite galleries, zoom in to see art details, and read full label text in both English and Spanish, all from the comfort of home.
March 26-May 9, 2021The Museum’s biennial student exhibition Young Art returns in 2021 as Young Art 2021: My World Our Planet. The juried exhibition features works of art created by San Diego County students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade and is complemented by programs and interactive activities bringing the theme of environmental sustainability to life.
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December 1, 2020—January 31, 2021 The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild’s 2020 Online International Winter Exhibition is now online. Juried by Ken Goldman, an internationally known artist, author,…More Information
Tuesday, January 19 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. PT Enjoy a survey of the highlights of the Museum’s permanent collection, featuring masterpieces from many time periods, cultures, and places around the…More Information
Wednesday, January 20 noon–1:00 p.m. PT Take an armchair journey around the world and through time, experiencing some of the varied cultures and traditions of our planet by virtually…More Information
Saturday, January 23 11:00 a.m.–noon PT The Museum’s renowned collection of European art of the Renaissance and Baroque eras is the focus of this inspiring docent-led tour, which will…More Information
Monday, January 25 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. PT Art in the 20th century underwent a profound revolution that challenged traditional notions of technique, subject matter, and the very nature of…More Information
Tuesday, January 26 noon–1:00 p.m. PT Take an armchair journey around the world and through time, experiencing some of the varied cultures and traditions of our planet by virtually…More Information
Wednesday, January 27 11:00 a.m.–noon PT Take a journey through time and place to explore the relationship between humankind and the environment as seen in art. See how artists…More Information
Located in The San Diego Museum of Art’s May S. Marcy Sculpture Court, Panama 66 features lunch and dinner, late hours, live music, and weekend brunch. Take in views of the Museum’s May S. Marcy Sculpture garden and enjoy local craft beers on tap, exhibitions-themed cocktails, and locally-sourced seasonal sandwiches, salads, and entrees at Panama 66.
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