Past Exhibitions

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Exhibition
April 3, 2017 to April 14, 2017

Please Pardon our appearance, we are preparing the Museum for our next exhibition:

Memory & Resistance: The Work of Joseph DeLappe

Don't miss the Members' Preview on Saturday, April 15, 6:00-7:30pm.

Exhibition
January 14, 2017 to April 2, 2017

Eye of the Beholder – The Sculpture and Early Prints of Nathan Oliveira offers a fascinating glimpse into the significant artistic accomplishments of a pivotal post-war artist. This survey of Oliveira’s early printmaking career bridges astonishing early work from the late 1940s and traces his artistic development through the 1950s and 1960s. These lithography works are dramatically paired for the first time with later bronze sculptures that provide perhaps one of the most unique and insightful views into the creative contributions of the artist.

Printmaking was much more than a sideline production for Nathan Oliveira. It was in fact a central part of his artistic development throughout his long career. As testimonial, Oliveira was the youngest artist to be included in the 1959 New Images of Man exhibition at NYMOMA, and soon after he turned away from painting to devote himself completely to printmaking. Sourcing rare and well-known works generously loaned from private collections and the Oliveira estate, this exhibition promises an unequalled view of the lithography and sculpture of Nathan Oliveira.

Exhibition
January 14, 2017 to April 2, 2017

Karl Albert Kasten (1916-2010) pioneered materials, techniques and theory as artist, teacher and inventor. Celebrated as “The Dean of California Printmaking,” Kasten began his teaching career at the California School of Fine Arts in 1941, and established the first printmaking departments in California at San Francisco State University and the University of California Berkeley in 1950, where he taught until 1983. Ranging from early representational prints through a multitude of styles and processes including etching, aquatint, lithography and collography, this exhibition offers a rich opportunity to survey one of the pivotal voices in the evolution and advancement of modern graphic arts.

 
Exhibition
October 8, 2016 to December 30, 2016
A great match for wine country, Pairings: 16 Artists Creatively Combined brings together artworks, rather than food and wine, in order to create surprising but harmonious combinations.

"I'm excited to be bringing together such a dynamic group of contemporary artists for this exhibition,” said Bethke. “The theme of pairings is a great one for wine country, and indeed a number of the artists in the show are based in Sonoma County. I have to say, it's been great fun playing with how pairings might be applied to the visual arts. I hope visitors to SVMA are as engaged by savoring these varied tastes on their 'visual palates' as I have been."

Focusing on contemporary art made in the last decade, Pairings includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, video art, and more. The sixteen artists featured in the exhibition have been brought together into pairs, to highlight points of intriguing connection between their works.

With artistic themes such as skillful realism, inventive portraiture, the natural world, and even picturing the invisible, visitors to Pairings will enjoy savoring these diverse offerings. 

Artists include:
 
Jaq Chartier
Lauren DiCioccio
Don & Era Farnsworth
Bernadette Jiyong Frank
Scott Greene
Dan Jackson
Laine Justice
Nina Katchadourian
Jenifer Kent
Hugh Livingston
Emma Luna
Sandra Ono
Deborah Oropallo
Mary Shaffer
Esther Traugot
Jane Woolverton

Guest Curated by Jennifer Bethke

Exhibition
October 8, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Spanning one century of groundbreaking images and featuring many of the world’s renowned artists, XXc ICONS of PHOTOGRAPHY presents a unique opportunity to view the best of world photography. From portraiture, landscape, photojournalism, abstraction, fashion and works that defy genre, this selection presents masterworks from private collections throughout California. The exhibition focuses on both well-known legendary images by preeminent artists as well as lesser-known masterworks that each provide insight into the rich diversity of fine art photography that ultimately dominated expression in the 20th Century.
 
This collection testifies to the evolution of the art form that, more than any other medium, has shaped and changed every aspect of how we view our world. Included are works by Adams, Abbott, Arbus, Atget, Avedon, Baer, Bernhard, Bourke-White, Bullock, Callahan, Capa, Caponigro, Cartier-Bresson, Clergue, Cunningham, Frank, Friedlander, Haley, Karsh, Kertesz, Leibovitz, Loranc, Mann, Mapplethorpe, Modotti, Moholy-Nagy, Muybridge, Newton, Penn, Ray, Ryuijie, Salgado, Sella, Sheeler, Sherman, Sokolsky, Steichen, Stieglitz, Strand, Sudek, Takigawa, Uelsmann, Weems, Edward and Brett Weston,  and Winogrand.  
Exhibition
July 2, 2016 to September 25, 2016

People have made surfboards for centuries. Standing alone, these boards are often striking examples of functional design. Together, they tell a compelling story about the evolution of an important American art form. Traditional craft, cutting-edge engineering and minimalist art converge in the Museum’s new exhibition devoted to surfboards built from the late 1940s to the present day. Surf Craft chronicles the evolution of surfboard design featuring American makers and shapers of all kinds of wave-riding boards. It explains how meticulous hand craftsmanship can inform modern high volume commercially made surf craft.

The surfboard, historically a handcrafted object, ultimately gave rise to foam and fiberglass board construction, often produced on a mass scale. However, many contemporary shapers are now recognizing and tapping into the design principles found in the traditional boards. Cutting-edge engineering and minimalist art will converge in this exhibition.

Surf Craft originated at the Mingei Museum in San Diego, CA in 2014, where it was curated by San Diego local, Richard Kenvin. In 2015 the exhibition traveled to the LongHouse Reserve, in East Hampton, NY.

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Richard Kenvin grew up in Southern California in the 1960s. He learned to ride a skateboard in 1967 and learned to surf in 1970. In 1979 he won the Stubbies Pro, a professional surfing competition held at Blacks Beach in San Diego. By the age of 19 he had been to Hawaii several times and traveled extensively in Australia. He worked for various independent apparel designers in California in the eighties and nineties. He was curator of the 838 and Cassius King art galleries in San Diego from 2000-2005. Since 2002 he has worked with surfing historian John Elwell and designer Carl Ekstrom on the Hydrodynamica Project. In 2011 he participated in the Getty Research Institute’s Pacific Standard Time initiative as curator of Remember the Future, an exhibition of Bob Simmons’s surfboards shown in the context of mid-century California modern design. His writing has been published in the Surfers Journal and Surfer Magazine. Mr. Kenvin surfs every chance he gets on a variety of craft. He lives in downtown San Diego.

ABOUT MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM

Located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, Mingei International Museum collects, preserves and exhibits “art of the world, art of the people,” including folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. A non-profit institution funded by admission, individuals, and community support, the Museum offers inspiring exhibitions and diverse educational programs to more than 100,000 visitors a year. Institutional support for Mingei International Museum is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. 

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Exhibition
March 19, 2016 to June 12, 2016

Internationally renowned calligrapher Thomas Ingmire transgresses the boundaries of painting as well as the beauty of language in this exhibition of artist’s books, calligraphic works, drawings and sketchbooks. For many years he has collaborated with writers and artists in the production of artists’ books that combine his calligraphy with original works of art. The exhibition will illuminate the evolution of Ingmire’s calligraphic process and provide insight into the awe-inspiring world of contemporary calligraphy. 

Exhibition
March 19, 2016 to June 12, 2016

Modern Twist explores the evocative, sensual and sculptural power of contemporary bamboo art. Over the past century, the creativity and talent of bamboo basket makers has elevated their status from artisan to artist. These artists have redefined aesthetic conventions as their creations have evolved from functional vessels to increasingly sculptural objects. It brings 38 exceptional works by 17 Japanese artists, displaying many of these technically innovative and imaginatively crafted works for the first time. 

Exhibition
December 19, 2015 to March 6, 2016

Courtney Eagan and David Sullivan’s art practices span animation, sound, sculpture, photography and interactivity to explore the delicate and evolving relationship between people, technology and the environment.

Exhibition
December 19, 2015 to March 6, 2016

Both Danae Mattes and Frances McCormack meditate on nature’s elements that manifest a range of energies. Mattes combines materials and methods that are, in themselves, extracted from the earth and interacting in ways inherent to minerals, water, fibers and gravity. Combining landscape drawings, stark architectural elements and loosely interpreted botanical forms, McCormack’s paintings manifest a range of feelings reflected through the natural world in an invented space. For both artists, form is referential, but not realistic, inviting the viewer’s engagement.

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