Through September 2, 2019Featuring a diverse selection of more than 100 outstanding works produced by leading artists from Spain and its global territories, Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain is the first exhibition in the United States to expand the notion of the “Golden Age” to include the Hispanic world beyond the shores of the Iberian Peninsula.
Through November 11, 2019A response to the Museum’s exhibition Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain is on view concurrently in Gallery 20, a group of 12 resin-on-canvas “portraits” of Christ’s disciples by contemporary Spanish artist José-María Cano. Cano launched his career as a musician and composer, most notably as a member of the best-selling Spanish pop band Mecano.
Through July 14, 2019
Drawing from over 350 photographs by the famed photojournalist in The San Diego Museum of Art’s broad photographic collection, this exhibition explores Alfred Eisenstaedt’s observations on society from a variety of his assignments with Life magazine.
Through August 25, 2019
Whether portraying sideshow attractions or offering moral commentaries, for centuries artists have sought to capture the fascinating and the seemingly mundane with humor and wonder. With a keen eye and sharp wit, artists including William Hogarth (1697–1764) and Francisco Goya (1746–1828) used their talents to impart lessons of morality or to express political discontent while maintaining a playful, yet critical, undertone.
Through August 25, 2019
This exhibition highlights the work of both well-known and lesser-known artists—women who, while often overshadowed by their male contemporaries, actively sought connections to the people, heritage, and landscape of the southwestern United States.
The Visible Vaults recreates part of The San Diego Museum of Art’s most carefully guarded area, a place that is invisible to most visitors—the vaults—where the thousands of works of art in our collection are stored. See this insider’s look at hidden masterpieces, where visitors are invited to open drawers, peek into virtual storerooms, and take the time to sketch and observe some of the great treasures of the collection.
August 31, 2019 through February 23, 2020
Women Who Empowered a Movement Abstract Expressionism often brings to mind the work of artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko, whose reputations have reached heroic heights. They have been posited as innovators—the creators of one of the most uniquely American art movements in history. The significance…
August 31, 2019 through February 16, 2020
Still life is a genre that transcends art movements. It is a timeless form of artistic expression that has been employed for centuries. From European masters Juan Sánchez Cotán and Rachel Ruysch to Americans Raphaelle Peale and Emil Carlsen, all represented in the permanent collection, still life has served as…
August 24, 2019 through December 1, 2019
Photographers Harry Adams (1918–1988), Charles Williams (1908–1986), and Guy Crowder (1940–2011) were prominent members of the African American community in Southern California. Spanning 50 years, their compelling images document the political events as well as the daily life of this community during the second half of the twentieth century. Adams,…
November 9, 2019 through March 15, 2020
William Adolphe Bouguereau enjoyed a remarkable popularity in the United States, particularly during the late 1800s through the early twentieth century. Lauded and laureled by the French artistic establishment, and a dominant presence at the Parisian Salons, Bouguereau’s canvases offered American collectors the chance to bring Gallic sophistication and worldly…