Museum of Contemporary Art to focus on local artists in 2010

October 20, 2009 – 2:43 am

Read it directly here from the UT’s Robert Pincus.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has announced that it will do its largest exhibition of local artists in a quarter-century. The show, “Here Not There,” will be on view from June 6 through Sept. 9, 2010, in La Jolla.

Underpinning the desire to present a wide-ranging show, in terms of media and approaches to the making of art, is the notion that the art scene in San Diego has, as the museum’s press release says, “developed a critical mass of local talent.” The ambition is not to try to pinpoint any single notion of a regional style or sensibility, but to emphasize “the variety, strength, and vitality of individual contemporary art practices in this region.”

Lucia Sanroman, the museum’s associate curator, is curating “Here Not There.” The museum is also issuing a call for submissions and is setting forth guidelines at its Web site. The link is: mcasd.org/about/proposals.php . Art students at any level are ineligible. Final selections for the show will be made by Sanroman in conjunction with the other members of a curatorial committee that includes museum director Hugh Davies, curator Robin Clark and education curator Gabrielle Wyrick.

Sanroman will be looking at the local art environment from different vantage points. One major factor, in the critical mass, has been the graduate programs at UC San Diego and San Diego State University and the artists the programs have nurtured and produced. There will also be a focus on what it calls the “alternative art scene,” with artists who have emerged from North County to North Park and points south. There will also be recognition of the networks in which art emerges: schools, alternative art spaces and collaborative groups.

Read the entire article on SignOn San Diego.

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