Masterpiece Minute Podcast
This 60-second weekly podcast series shares the fascinating story, historical context, and significance behind important works in the SDMA collection. New episodes will be available every Friday at 10:00 a.m. on the SDMA app or online.
Virtual SDMA+ performances
Virtual SDMA+ are unique online experiences offered by The San Diego Museum of Art in collaboration with other local arts institutions to inspire a robust appreciation of the arts and a deeper exploration of the SDMA permanent collection.
UT artwork of the week
A featured artwork of the week by The San Diego Union-Tribune, The White Flower (White Trumpet Flower) by Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the Museum’s most popular pieces. Learn more about this important painting from Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director.
See what we are reading by taking a look at the titles of past Art of Reading Book Club lists:
- How to Paint a Dead Man, by Sarah Hall shares four stories that intertwine thematically to create a pure discourse concerning art, love, death, and loss.
- The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt is an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery. Learn how one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.
- The Art Forger: A Novel, by B.A. Shapiro is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.
- Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling, by Ross King is the story of how Michelangelo, against all odds, created the masterpiece that has ever since adorned the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
- Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay tells the story of how colors were made throughout history.
- Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton is an Art of Reading Book Club favorite about contemporary artists.
- The Hare with the Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art & Loss by Edmund deWaal is about a netsuke owned by a formerly well off 19th/early 20th century family.
- My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk is a murder mystery that talks about 17th century Indian miniature painting through one of the artists.
A Special Message from Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director
A special video message from Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director of The San Diego Museum of Art. As we face new challenges and take creative opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic, art can guide us through crisis. It always has and will continue to do so.
Un mensaje especial e invitación a disfrutar el museo de manera virtual de Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director of The San Diego Museum of Art.
Featured: Seymour Pearlstein. Toby’s Summer #6, undated. Oil on canvas. Gift of the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters, New York: Hassam and Speicher Funds, 1978.11. | Juan Sánchez Cotán, Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber, ca. 1602. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam, 1945.43. | Manny Farber (AKA Emanuel Farber). Ad Sheet with Yellow Thayer Box, 1978. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge, 2001.39. | Ivan Messenger. Moment Musical, undated. Lithograph. Museum purchase with funds provided by Alice Klauber. 1948.10. | Georgia O’Keeffe. The White Flower (White Trumpet Flower), 1932. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Inez Grant Parker in memory of Earle W. Grant. 1971.12. | Chanticleer, 1922. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase with funds from the Helen M. Towle Bequest, 1936.15. | Henri Matisse (AKA Henri Emile Benoît Matisse). Bouquet, 1916-1917. Oil on canvas. Gift of M. A. Wertheimer from the collection of his late wife, Annetta Salz Wertheimer, 1934.77. | Henri Matisse (AKA Henri Emile Benoît Matisse). Reader with Bouquet of Roses, 1925. Lithograph. Gift of Mrs. Saidie A. May, 1935.6.