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Through August 30, 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.
Through August 23, 2020Defining 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 June 21, 2020Contemporary 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).
Coming May 23, 2020
Showcasing nearly 70 paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—one of the great repositories of this material outside the Netherlands—The San Diego Museum of Art shares the extraordinary artistic accomplishment of 17th-century painters and printmakers from the Dutch Republic.
Through August 30, 2020
April 28, 2020 through July 19, 2020
From Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to Edgar Degas and Berthe Morisot, this gallery installation traces the development of the most important avant-garde movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Primarily based on the San Diego Museum of Art’s permanent collection, other major figures represented include Eugène Boudin, Edouard Manet,…
April 24, 2020 through April 26, 2020
We are heartbroken that we must cancel Art Alive 2020. Read more here… Thank you for joining in our efforts to care for our community and we look forward to welcoming you back next year. April 24–26, 2020 From Claude Monet to masterpieces by Edgar Degas and Pierre Bonnard, this special…
Summer 2020 Showcasing nearly 70 paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—one of the great repositories of this material outside the Netherlands—The San Diego Museum of Art shares the extraordinary artistic accomplishment of 17th-century painters and printmakers from the Dutch Republic. Major artists represented within the exhibition In the…