The San Diego Museum of Art presents the exhibition Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain, featuring more than 100 outstanding works by leading artists from Spain and its global territories during the pivotal years of around 1600 to 1750.On view May 18, 2019 through Sept. 2, 2019, the exhibition showcases a wide variety of exquisite paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts produced throughout the Spanish-speaking world. This exhibition is the first in the U.S. to examine the notion of “Golden Age” beyond the shores of the Iberian Peninsula by bringing together works from Spain’s European, American, and Asian realms. “Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain showcases the broad scope of the Spanish empire and helps bring context to some of the international treasures within the Museum’s permanent…

December 18, 2018

Art Alive 2019

SAN DIEGO, CA – The San Diego Museum of Art is pleased to announce the 38th annual Art Alive exhibition, on view April 11– April 14, 2019. As the Museum’s signature fundraiser and a highly anticipated spring tradition, the event features nearly 100 floral designers’ interpretations of famous works of art throughout the Museum, filling the galleries with a brilliant crescendo of color and scent. Art Alive has grown significantly since it launched in 1982. The four-day event welcomes more than 12,000 guests to the exhibition and 1,400 guests to Bloom Bash, the popular opening celebration. Each year, Art Alive exceeds the previous record for funds raised. This year, Bloom Bash will expand into the Plaza de Panama to accommodate a growing guest list, new activities including a Ferris wheel,…

The San Diego Museum of Art is pleased to welcome Regina Palm, Ph.D., as Associate Curator of American Art on October 29, 2018. In her new role, Palm will work with the Museum’s internationally renowned American art collection, which includes the newly acquired portrait of John Alfred Parsons Millet by John Singer Sargent, and makes up a significant segment of the Museum’s holdings. She will also manage the development of installations and related exhibitions and contribute to the Museum’s provenance research and art acquisition programs. Palm has many years of museum curatorial and research experience acquired from reputable institutions across the nation. Coming from her most recent post at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, Palm previously held curatorial and research appointments at the Amon Carter Museum of…

July 17, 2018

Tim Shaw: Beyond Reason

SIX IMMERSIVE INSTALLATIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN HIS FIRST U.S. EXHIBITION Integrates Multi-Sensory Installations, Mixed Media Sculpture and Artificial Intelligence to Raise Discussion of Humanitarian Issues   The San Diego Museum of Art is pleased to present Tim Shaw: Beyond Reason, an exhibition creating psychologically charged environments that address humanitarian issues in several immersive installations. On view Oct. 20, 2018 through Feb. 24, 2019, the exhibition touches on several major themes, including global terrorism, freedom of speech, abuse of power and the future of artificial intelligence. Tim Shaw, a celebrated Northern Irish sculptor, is known for his large-scale multi-sensory installations that create dialogue around controversial topics. The six installations featured in this exhibition are based on extraordinary personal experiences throughout the artist’s life, but the topics are universal and timeless….

The San Diego Museum of Art announced a new President of the Board and the appointment of five new members to its Board of Trustees. The new board has been carefully selected to help the Museum further its mission inspire, educate, and cultivate curiosity through great works of art, and enhance the rich and diverse cultural experience for Museum visitors. The board members began their new roles on July 1, 2018. Taffin Ann Ray succeeds President Harvey White, who has been Board President for the past two years and has served on the board since 2007. Ray has volunteered as a docent for the past eight years and will continue to be a docent while serving as President of the Board. She is the first Museum docent to serve as…

The San Diego Museum of Art presents more than 90 works of art from its world-renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings in an exhibition titled Epic Tales from Ancient India: Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art. On view June 9, 2018 through Sept. 3, 2018, this exhibition represents the major narratives, regions and styles of South Asian art from the 16th through the 19th centuries, and provides the tools for reading and understanding Indian painting. Epic Tales from Ancient India introduces viewers to the world of South Asian paintings and their original narrative context by explaining the classics of literature that the works illustrate. The exhibition features four sections arranged by literary category. The stories include the Bhagavata Purana, a Sanskrit text about the Hindu god…

The San Diego Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Stacey Loomis as Director of Development and Membership. Loomis will begin her role on February 20, 2018, and will lead the Museum’s Development and Membership department to develop and cultivate positive relations with donors and prospects in the community, and to grow the Museum’s overall fundraising and development capabilities. Loomis brings to the Museum 14 years of development experience in fundraising, including her most recent role as director of major gifts and planned giving at the San Diego Opera. During her time there, Loomis secured major and planned gifts from individual prospects, and managed donor acquisitions and cultivation events. Loomis’ fundraising career also included roles with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego; University of…

The San Diego Museum of Art is proud to announce the acquisition of two outstanding paintings, Nymph of the Spring (ca. 1540) by Lucas Cranach the Younger and Portrait of John Alfred Parsons Millet (1892) by John Singer Sargent. Both works fill important gaps in the Museum’s holdings, with the Sargent strengthening the already expansive collection of portraits, and the Cranach being the most important Northern Renaissance painting in the collection. Nymph of the Spring is currently on display in Genre and Myth, and Portrait of John Alfred Parsons Millet is on view in the American Art galleries. Nymph of the Spring by Lucas Cranach the Younger is an exceptionally well-preserved painting of a nude lying in a landscape, softly gazing at the viewer. The son of Lucas Cranach the…

The San Diego Museum of Art’s 37th annual Art Alive returns April 26 – April 29, 2018, bringing together 100+ floral designers to transform works of art into exquisite floral displays. As the Museum’s signature fundraiser and a highly anticipated San Diego spring tradition, Art Alive 2018 brings works of art to life during a four-day celebration that will provide support for the Museum’s education and outreach programs as well as special exhibitions. Art Alive has grown significantly over the years. Last year it welcomed more than 12,000 attendees and set a new record for funds raised. This year, Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz, the wife-and-husband team behind Waterlily Pond Studio in San Francisco, have been selected as the Rotunda Designers. The duo will transform the Museum’s famed Rotunda into a blaze…

December 13, 2017

Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold

The San Diego Museum of Art is pleased to present Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold, the first solo museum exhibition for the noted contemporary artist Nancy Lorenz. Organized by The San Diego Museum of Art, this exhibition comprises more than 85 works, some of which are inspired by Japanese masterpieces from the Museum’s permanent collection. Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold will be on view April 27, 2018 through September 3, 2018.   Lorenz is a New York-based artist celebrated for her sophisticated technique and luminous art. She uses materials such as mother-of-pearl inlay, lacquer, and gold leaf in painterly gestures to create outstanding works of art. Having trained in the conservation of Japanese decorative arts, Lorenz continues to employ traditional lacquering and gilding techniques as points of departure in her studio practice….