Art of Devotion
December Nights returns Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2. The Museum will be closed daytime hours both days, but open and free to the public 5:00–9:00 p.m. both evenings. Learn More
Through March 3, 2024
Experience Korean art in full color. Presented across five galleries, Korea in Color: A Legacy of Auspicious Images features large-scale contemporary works of art in dialogue with select masterpieces from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Korea in Color invites visitors to encounter the role art once played in everyday Korean life across four themes connected to a traditional household: protection offered by animals at the doorstep; symbols of abundance and longevity in the garden; scholarly objects and books in the study; and the appreciation of majestic mountains beyond the walls of the home. The fifty works, many on view in the US for the first time, highlight the continued influence of color, showcase the legacy of auspicious images, and span a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, prints, video, and multi-media installations.
Seongpa, "Fierce Tiger Woke Up" (detail), 2012. Lacquer on panel. 63 25/32 x 224 13/32 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Through January 14, 2024Local artist Carlo Miranda showcases ten recent paintings in this intimate exhibition featuring hyperrealistic portraits, painted in oil on panel, of those closest to him: his family, his friends, his barber. Together the portraits highlight a vibrant community and invite viewers to develop an empathy toward his subjects or even construct imaginary stories of their lives.
Carlo Miranda, "The Barber," 2022. Oil on panel. Courtesy of the artist.
Through December 3, 2023See a range of colorful, visceral, and surprisingly intimate portraits of passengers taken along the 1980 New York City subway system. Seeking to uncover beauty that habitually goes unnoticed, Subway was Bruce Davidson’s first documentary series shot in color. The 17 photographs by Davidson in this exhibition show a full spectrum of people on their rumbling and sometimes gritty journeys through the city.
Bruce Davidson, "Untitled, Subway, New York," 1980. Dye transfer print. Gift of Wanda and Cam Garner, 2022.59. ©2023 Magnum Photos, Inc. and Bruce Davidson.
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.
"Gauri Ragini of Malkos," ca. 1680. Opaque watercolor on paper. Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. 1990.962
September 7, 2024 through January 5, 2025
March 23, 2023 – May 12, 2024
September 30, 2023 – June 30, 2024
March 11, 2025 – October 13, 2025
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