Art of Devotion
Through February 12, 2023
Internationally renowned contemporary Mexican artist Sergio Hernández brings his works of art to the US for his first solo museum exhibition in the country. The exhibition features more than 30 large-scale paintings and mixed-media works with motifs drawn from the iconography of Hernández’s Indigenous heritage and wonders of the natural world, including native species of southern Mexico, Pacific Ocean marine life, and constellations of the night sky. A recently completed series of five mixed-media paintings on gold leaf debuts to the public for the first time as part of this exhibition.
Sergio Hernández, "The Nymphs," 2022. Oil on wood panel. Courtesy of the artist.
Through February 12, 2023
A powerful new installation by Justin Sterling immerses visitors in a beautiful space and provokes contemplation on of the role of protest and bad faith in society. Constructed of unconventional materials, including over 30 broken and mended stained-glass windows, the custom-built chapel inside the Museum is complemented by carefully selected works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection acting in dialogue with the chapel and promoting spiritual inclusivity.
Justin Sterling, Window for "Chapel of the Rocks," 2022. Reclaimed, broken, and stained glass. Courtesy of the artist.
Through March 5, 2023
Thoughtfully composed, poetic, and reverential, nearly 30 photographs of Uyghur people and shrines capture the rituals and spiritual traditions associated with the desert monuments, as well as the beauty of everyday life in and around the Taklamakan Desert of the Uyghur Region, officially called Xinjiang (or “New Territory”) by the People’s Republic of China. Shown across two galleries, the exhibition showcases the strength of an increasingly endangered people and culture.
Lisa Ross, "Unrevealed, Site 1 (Adorned)," 2006. Archival pigment print 100% cotton paper. Courtesy of the artist and Palo Gallery.
Through November 7, 2023
Modern Women celebrates works of art by monumental women in the art world including Sonia Delaunay, Françoise Gilot, and key Abstract Expressionists Lee Krasner and Elaine de Kooning.
Historically marginalized in the art world, many women artists’ careers were overshadowed by the successes of their artist husbands and other applauded men in the field, yet the contributions of women artists to the development of Modern and Contemporary art cannot be overstated. We illuminate these key figures in art history to continue to recognize and, thus, elevate women as leaders in the art world.
Helen Frankenthaler, "Warming the Wires," 1976. Acrylic on canvas. Private collection. © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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
February 25, 2023 through November 19, 2023
February 25–November 19, 2023 Local artist Carlo Miranda (Filipino-American, b. 1988) showcases ten recent paintings in this intimate exhibition. Miranda’s works were first exhibited in this museum in 2020 as part of a display responding to the pandemic. Working as a registered nurse in San Diego during this time had…
March 18, 2023 through September 17, 2023
March 18–September 17, 2023 Drink wine in Kabul citadel, send round the cup again and again For there is both mountain and water, and both city and countryside —Baburnama (Memoirs of Babur) Descriptions extolling the diverse geography forming present-day Afghanistan abound in the memoirs of Babur (r. 1526–30),…
May 13, 2023 through August 27, 2023
May 13, 2023–August 27, 2023 A one-of-a-kind exhibition, O’Keeffe and Moore compares the work of two iconic modernists: American painter Georgia O’Keeffe and British sculptor Henry Moore. While these artists worked on different continents, their careers and contributions to the artistic development of the 20th century reveal many parallels….
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