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Through November 15, 2020In 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.
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.
Defining what it means to be American is not an easy feat. It’s a question that has been posited since the country’s founding and the answer is not finite, but rather ever-changing and subjective. Here, the works of American artists including Audrey Flack, Beverly McIver, Alison Saar, and Fritz Scholder are highlighted in an effort to give voice to the breadth of artists whose work engages with questions of identity.
Through January 10, 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 August 2, 2020
Comprising nearly 40 masterful paintings by Bouguereau, this exhibition brings together many of the artist’s most important works, such as Le repos, 1879 (Cleveland Museum of Art); Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros, ca. 1880 (J. Paul Getty Museum); Homer and his Guide, 1874 (Layton Art Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum), and Jeune ouvrière, 1869 (private collection, Memphis, Tennessee). The exhibition also includes a longtime favorite by Bouguereau at The San Diego Museum of Art – The Young Shepherdess, 1885. Bouguereau & America offers a fresh look into how collecting Bouguereau’s work reflects the tastes, religious beliefs, sexual mores, social problems, and desires of American collectors, particularly during the late 1800s through the early 20th century.
Coming August 2020
The San Diego Museum of Art shares the extraordinary artistic accomplishment of 17th-century painters and printmakers from the Dutch Republic.
The San Diego Museum of Art shares the extraordinary artistic accomplishment of 17th-century painters and printmakers from the Dutch Republic. Rembrandt and Printmaking in the Netherlands Opening this summer, the Museum features Rembrandt and Printmaking in the Netherlands, an exhibition of approximately 20 etchings and engravings by Rembrandt. The exhibition…