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1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States

May19

Friday

10:00AM

Friday Morning Lecture & Tour Series: Behind the Scenes with Richard Deacon

James S. Copley Auditorium Friday, 10:00 a.m. Dr. Ariel Plotek, Ph.D., Curator of Modern and…

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May26

Friday

8:00AM

Friday Morning Lecture Series: Spain and the Fledgling Republic

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Aug5

Saturday

8:00PM

Sep10

Sunday

4:00PM

Irshad Khan Sitar Concert

Join the Committee for the Arts of the Indian Subcontinent for an extraordinary sitar concert by Ustad…

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Sep15

Friday

10:00AM

A Closer Look at Latin American Art in the Pérez Simón Collection

Guest Lecture & Tour Series Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director at The San Diego…

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Oct20

Friday

10:00AM

Reinventing the Museum: The Visionary Future of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Guest Lecture and Tour Series Speaker: Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the…

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Oct20

Friday

6:00PM

Friends’ Lecture & Reception: Modern Masters from Latin America

Friday, October 20 6:00–8:00 p.m. Exclusively for Friend level members and above. Join fellow Friend…

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Oct27

Friday

7:00PM

Nosferatu

Friday, October 27 7:00 p.m. Lecture 8:00 p.m. Film After World War I, Germany became…

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Oct28

Saturday

8:00PM

Portraits in Jazz Concert Series: Spooky Jazz

Saturday, October 28 8:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk 8:30 p.m. Concert Get in the spirit with…

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Nov16

Thursday

6:00PM

Teen Art Café: Modern Masters from Latin America

Thursday, November 16 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Teen artists meet and mingle with their peers…

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Nov17

Friday

10:00AM

Moore to Kapoor: The British Sculpture Revolution

Guest Lecture and Tour Series Speaker: Anita Feldman, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Education…

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Dec6

Wednesday

10:00AM

Asian Objects Road Show

Appraisers from Bonhams Auction House are coming to San Diego to help you find out…

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Dec8

Friday

7:00PM

Exhibition on Screen: I, Claude Monet

Friday, December 8 7:00 p.m. Lecture 8:00 p.m. Film From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes…

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Jan5

Friday

8:00PM

Wild Tales

Friday, January 5 8:00 p.m. Film Presented as part of a film series of five films that…

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Jan12

Friday

8:00PM

Frida

Friday, January 12 8:00 p.m. Film SOLD OUT (online and at the door) Tickets that…

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Jan19

Friday

10:00AM

Art Beneath the Surface: High-Tech Detectives Reveal the Secrets of Old Master Paintings

Guest Lecture and Tour Series Friday January 19 10:00 a.m. Speakers: Doug Komen and Curtis McConnell,…

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Jan19

Friday

8:00PM

Nostalgia for the Light

Friday, January 19 8:00 p.m. Film Presented as part of a film series of five films that…

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Jan26

Friday

8:00PM

The Destruction of Memory

Friday, January 26 8:00 p.m. Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results…

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Feb1

Thursday

6:00PM

Teen Art Café: Music and Art

Thursday, February 1 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Meet and mingle with fellow teen artists as…

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Feb2

Friday

8:00PM

Doña Bárbara

Friday, February 2 8:00 p.m. Film Doña Bárbara is a sweeping melodrama set in Venezuela, starring…

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Feb9

Friday

8:00PM

I Am Cuba

Friday, February 9 8:00 p.m. Film Presented as part of a film series of five films that…

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Feb16

Friday

10:00AM

On Beauty and Ugliness in Art

Guest Lecture & Tour Series Speaker: Héctor Tajonar, Writer, director, producer, columnist. The concept of…

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Mar16

Friday

10:00AM

West Meets East: Peter Hurd, Andrew Wyeth, and the Mysterious Power of the Figure

Guest Lecture and Tour Series Andrew J. Walker will speak on the celebrity of the painting Eve…

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Apr5

Thursday

8:00PM

All Night Long

Thursday, April 5 8 p.m. In the spirit of Gjon Mili’s groundbreaking film Jammin’ the…

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Apr14

Saturday

8:30AM

Educators’ Art Fair: Visible Vaults

Saturday, April 14 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. This workshop for educators features three art projects centered…

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Apr20

Friday

10:00AM

Real Life, Ideal Life: Thomas Eakins, Eastman Johnson, and George Inness in the 1870s and 1880s

Guest Lecture and Tour Series Speaker: Robert L. Pincus, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Art History, University…

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May3

Thursday

7:00PM

Exploring Chinese Textiles and Design with the San Diego Opera

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. All tickets will be refunded. Thursday, May 3 7:00…

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May10

Thursday

6:00PM

Teen Art Café: Passport through the Museum

Thursday, May 10 6:00–8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Teen Art Café invites teens to…

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May12

Saturday

7:30PM

Portraits in Jazz: Salute to the West Coast Jazz Sound

Saturday, May 12 7:30 p.m. Talk 8:00 p.m. Concert This popular series returns with Gilbert…

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May18

Friday

10:00AM

The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art: Behind the Scenes of an Exhibition

Guest Lecture and Tour Series Change of Program   Note: Due to a scheduling conflict, our originally…

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Jun8

Friday

6:00PM

Friends’ Lecture & Reception: Epic Tales

Friday, June 8 6:00–8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Join us as Swami Sarvapriyananda, Minister of…

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Jun9

Saturday

9:00AM

Epic Tales Symposium

Saturday, June 9 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Dive in to the history…

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Jun15

Friday

10:00AM

Off the Wall: Works on Canvas by Prominent Muralists

Guest Lecture and Tour Series Speaker: Leah Cluff, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, MiraCosta College. This…

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Jun29

Friday

8:00PM

Monsoon Wedding

Friday, June 29 8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium In connection with the exhibition Epic…

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Jul10

Tuesday

7:00PM

Axline Lecture

Tuesday, July 10 7:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Join contemporary artist Nancy Lorenz, whose…

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Jul27

Friday

7:00PM

Mughal-e-Azam

Friday, July 27 7:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium In connection with the exhibition Epic…

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Sep1

Saturday

1:00PM

Epic Tales in Motion: An Indian Dance Showcase

Saturday, September 1 1:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Enjoy a fabulous showcase of Indian…

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Sep21

Friday

10:00AM

Guest Lecture & Tour Series: On Bouguereau’s Young Shepherdess and Feminine Archetypes in 19th-Century Art

Friday, September 21 9:00 a.m. Reception 10:00 a.m. Lecture James S. Copley Auditorium Speaker: Roxana…

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Sep28

Friday

8:00PM

Dreams

Friday, September 28 8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium In connection with the Japanese works…

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Oct4

Thursday

6:00PM

Teen Art Café: The Human Form

Thursday, October 4 6:00–8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Meet and mingle with fellow teen…

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Oct13

Saturday

7:00PM

Mehregan Fall Fête: Persian Mehregan Festival with Mohsen Namjoo

Saturday, October 13 7:00 p.m. Presented by the Persian Cultural Center, an annual fundraising event…

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Oct19

Friday

10:00AM

Guest Lecture & Tour Series: Fake or Forgery / A Short History of Art Fraud

Friday, October 19 10:00 a.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Speaker: John Myatt, Reformed art forger,…

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Oct19

Friday

6:00PM

Friends’ Lecture & Reception: Tim Shaw: Beyond Reason

Friday, October 19 6:00–8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Join guest artist Tim Shaw; Barry…

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Oct25

Thursday

6:00PM

A Conversation with Nick Cave

Thursday, October 25 6:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium This event is now SOLD OUT!…

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Nov9

Friday

8:00PM

Film: The Dawn Patrol

Friday, November 9 8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium The Museum offers the following film…

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Nov16

Friday

10:00AM

Guest Lecture & Tour Series: Zurbarán: A Masterpiece Revealed

Friday, November 16 10:00 a.m. James S. Copley Auditorium With four major canvases, SDMA boasts…

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Nov17

Saturday

7:30PM

Portraits in Jazz: The Improvisational Genius of Thelonious Monk

Saturday, November 17 7:30 p.m. Talk 8:00 p.m. Concert James S. Copley Auditorium The Music…

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Jan18

Friday

10:00AM

Guest Lecture & Tour Series: Meddling with the Sex of Angels

Friday, January 18 10:00 a.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Cristina Della Coletta, Ph.D., Dean of…

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Jan25

Friday

8:00PM

Film: Bloody Sunday

Friday, January 25 8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium The Museum offers the following film…

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Feb7

Thursday

6:00PM

Teen Art Café: The Art of the Portrait

Thursday, February 7 6:00–8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Meet and mingle with fellow teen…

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Feb15

Friday

10:00AM

Guest Lecture & Tour Series: The Road from Giorgione and Caravaggio to the Greatness of Spanish Painting

Friday, February 15 10:00 a.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Beginning from the fine Giorgione portrait…

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Feb22

Friday

8:00PM

Film Screening: Loving Vincent (SOLD OUT)

Friday, February 22 8:00 p.m. This screening is now SOLD OUT! Widely hailed by critics…

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Mar15

Friday

10:00AM

Guest Lecture & Tour Series: Wayne Thiebaud: California Memories

Friday, March 15 10:00 a.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Dr. Malcolm Warner, Ph.D., Executive Director…

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Mar15

Friday

8:00PM

Film Screening: Hero

Friday, March 15 8:00 p.m. Oscar-nominated Hero (2002), from renowned director Zhang Yimou, tells the…

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Mar22

Friday

8:00PM

Exhibition on Screen Presents Degas: Passion for Perfection

Friday, March 22 8:00 p.m. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration…

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Mar30

Saturday

7:30PM

Portraits in Jazz: Piano Legends

Saturday, March 30 7:30 p.m. Talk 8:00 p.m. Concert James S. Copley Auditorium Join San…

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Mar31

Sunday

1:00PM

Family-Friendly Matinee: On the Way to School

Sunday, March 31 1:00 p.m. On the Way to School (2013) documents the courageous journeys…

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Apr13

Saturday

1:00PM

Flower Crown Workshop

Saturday, April 13 1:00–2:30 p.m. To top off the weekend of Art Alive, join us…

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Apr19

Friday

10:00AM

Guest Lecture & Tour Series: Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

Friday, April 19 10:00 a.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Andreas Marks, Ph.D., Head of Japanese…

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Apr25

Thursday

5:30PM

Teen Art Café: Young Art 2019

Thursday, April 25 5:30–8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Meet and mingle with fellow teen…

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May17

Friday

10:00AM

Guest Lecture & Tour Series: Female Artists of the 20th Century until 1950 

Friday, May 17 10:00 a.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Cornelia Feye, author and publisher, will…

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May31

Friday

6:00PM

Friends’ Lecture & Reception – Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain (SOLD OUT)

Friday, May 31 6:00–8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium SOLD OUT Join Michael A. Brown,…

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Jun7

Friday

8:00PM

Film Screening: Blancanieves

Friday, June 7 8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Pablo Berger’s silent, black-and-white ode to…

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Jun21

Friday

10:00AM

Guest Lecture & Tour Series: The Golden Age of Spain in the National Gallery (SOLD OUT)

Friday, June 21 10:00 a.m. James S. Copley Auditorium SOLD OUT Speaker: Gabriele Finaldi, Ph.D., Director…

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Jun22

Saturday

8:15AM

Full-Day Symposium for Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain

Saturday, June 22 8:15 a.m. Registration 9:00 a.m. Symposium James S. Copley Auditorium The San…

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Jun27

Thursday

5:30PM

Teen Art Café: Summer Teen Studios Preview

Thursday, June 27 5:30–8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium   Free for teens only Meet…

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Jul13

Saturday

7:30PM

Portraits in Jazz: Latin Jazz

Saturday, July 13 7:30 p.m. Talk 8:00 p.m. Concert James S. Copley Auditorium Series curator…

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Jul26

Friday

8:00PM

Film Screening: Volver

Friday, July 26 8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Resourceful single mother Raimunda already has…

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Aug16

Friday

10:00AM

Sor Juana, The First Feminist

Friday, August 16 10:00 a.m. By Gregorio Luke Noted scholar Gregorio Luke will offer a…

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Aug23

Friday

7:00PM

BACC Lecture: Restoring a Masterpiece

Friday, August 23 7:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Join Dr. Michael Brown, Curator of…

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Sep13

Friday

8:00PM

Film Screening: Agents of Change

Friday, September 13 8:00 p.m. James S. Copley Auditorium Presented in conjunction with the exhibition…

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Sep20

Friday

10:00AM

Guest Lecture Series: Magritte and Surrealist Works in the Permanent Collection

Friday, September 20 10:00 a.m. Speaker: Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director of The San…

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