MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES SUMMER EXHIBITIONS AT DOWNTOWN LOCATION

 
 
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 - 12:00 am

San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present four exhibitions at its Downtown location that highlight both the Museum’s permanent collection and its dedication to artists in the binational San Diego/Tijuana region.

For DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United States-Mexico Border, artists Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor examined the historical 1821 border between the United States and Mexico; Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin presents artworks by Chicano artists celebrating the art movements of Chicano culture; Ruben Ochoa: watching, waiting, commiserating displays a work from the Museum’s permanent collection by Mexican-American artist Ruben Ochoa who engages new approaches to identity and cultural politics; and Moris: Beautiful Landscape 7: beatings, hard bread and cold-water baths showcases a permanent collection work by Moris that was originally featured in the 2011 MCASD exhibition Viva la Revolución.

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On view at MCASD Downtown

DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United States-Mexico Border
On view July 22 through November 27, 2016

In 2014, artists Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor set out to trace the historical 1821 border between Mexico and the western territories of the United States. That border stretched from the present-day Oregon/California state line to the Gulf of Mexico just west of Louisiana, and previously existed only as a reference on historic maps and treaty documents because it had never been surveyed or physically marked. For DeLIMITations, ERRE and Taylor asked the question, “what would Mexico and the United States look like if that boundary had been fully realized?” ERRE and Taylor—accompanied by filmmaker José Inerzia, who helped document the process—drove a van outfitted to serve as a mobile command center, fabrication space, and camper along the 1821 border. The artists marked the boundary by installing 47 sheet metal markers that mimic the stone and iron obelisks that delineate the current international border between the United States and Mexico. These obelisks were then photographed, documenting the landscape of this historical border. This exhibition presents the full series of photographs as well as obelisks.

DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United States-Mexico Border is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, with generous lead underwriting support from Paul and Geneviève Jacobs. Additional support has been provided by proceeds from the 2016 Biennial Art Auction. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.

Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin 
On view July 22 through November 27, 2016

Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin presents artworks by Chicano artists including established figures such as Carlos Almaraz, John Valadez, and Margaret Garcia, as well as younger emerging artists such as Wenceslao Quiroz and Carlos Donjuan, whose works demonstrate a range of techniques from watercolor and aquatint to pastel and mixed media. 

The visual arts were integral to the Chicano movement of the mid-1960s and continue to be a powerful tool for Mexican-American and Chicano communities to voice the issues that affect them today. The works’ emotive images draw on myriad sources, such as pre-Hispanic symbols, post-revolutionary nationalistic Mexican motives, and contemporary urban culture. Together these pieces evince a special focus on activism—highlighting how Chicano artists provide access to the arts by creating posters, flyers, printed statements, and newsletters with elaborate aesthetic compositions and designs.

Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, with generous lead underwriting support from Paul and Geneviève Jacobs. Additional support has been provided by proceeds from the 2016 Biennial Art Auction. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.

Ruben Ochoa: watching, waiting, commiserating 
On view July 22 through November 27, 2016

Ruben Ochoa makes use of common construction materials to create imposing sculptural installations that intervene into the existing built environment. His sculptures—in addition to his drawings, photography, and public projects—move beyond the materials’ direct references to construction and labor in order to generate new associations between aesthetics, architecture, and class.

Part of a generation of Mexican-American artists who are engaging in new approaches to identity and cultural politics, Ochoa lays claim to conceptual and minimal art practices from the 1960s and 1970s. As playful as it is dynamic, his large-scale installation watching, waiting, commiserating was commissioned by MCASD in 2010 as a response to the expansive Farrell Gallery. Consisting of numerous individual sculptures made of rebar and elevated shipping pallets, the work repurposes the infrastructure of the built environment, creating a space where labor is both literally enacted and abstractly referenced.

Ruben Ochoa: watching, waiting, commiserating is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, with generous lead underwriting support from Paul and Geneviève Jacobs. Additional support has been provided by proceeds from the 2016 Biennial Art Auction. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.

Moris: Beautiful Landscape 7: beatings, hard bread and cold-water baths 
On view July 22 through November 27, 2016

In his Hermoso Paisaje series, Moris creates makeshift shelters and furniture using found materials such as garbage, tarps, and cardboard. These installations are made from the material remains of the urban landscape they recreate. Informed by art history, ethnography, and activism, the artist’s works are almost portraits of the city, capturing their wastefulness. In this site-specific work created for the 2011 MCASD exhibition Viva la Revolución, Moris references the utilitarian recycling of societies where inhabitants are forced to reuse materials due to unsustainable growth and eroding infrastructure. Moris draws on tarps by erasing and washing away dirt and soot to reveal various cultural and architectural images.

Moris: Beautiful Landscape 7: Beatings, Hard Bread and Cold-Water Baths is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, with generous lead underwriting support from Paul and Geneviève Jacobs. Additional support has been provided by proceeds from the 2016 Biennial Art Auction. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO
Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,700 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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