Each year the exhibition Prospect presents a focused selection of borrowed art works alongside objects from the Museum’s own holdings. The borrowed pieces, indicated on the object labels, are under consideration for acquisition by the Museum. While not intended to be viewed thematically, the eclectic grouping reminds of the many trajectories of recent art.
Two works on view make formal references to early art formats. Chiara Banfi’s wall relief offers an elegant invocation of music, separated from its material source, even as it suggests the objects of California’s “cool school.” Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s elegant sculpture and photograph reflect an investigation into modernism and its militaristic afterlife. Two ceramic works beguile as they combine unexpected references. The still life of Tiago Carneiro da Cunha merges the sacred and the profane, antiquity and kitsch, while Anna Sew Hoy transforms the quotidian into something strange in her functional and somehow figurative sculpture. In the hands of Abraham Cruzvillegas, an abstract sculpture of found objects becomes a portrait of the artist as young revolutionary. The antiwar appeal of Martha Rosler’s historic photo-collage still resonates today, and in the Gordon Gray Gallery in Axline Court, Andrea Bowers crafts a makeshift yet monumental celebration of emancipatory struggles, past and present.
This annual group exhibition offers a “prospect”—a view—of the current art scene, even as it anticipates and imagines our understanding of what will become art history. While MCASD would be delighted to acquire all the works, the final decision will be made by the Contemporary Collectors and the International Collectors, the Museum’s premiere membership groups. These supporters generously provide funding for the purchase of artworks through their annual dues. At their celebratory Selection Dinner in May, the members will vote for their favored works. It is their ballots which will ultimately determine which of these provocative artworks become part of MCASD’s Collection.
Prospect 2013 is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and is made possible thanks to contributions to the Museum Fund. Institutional support for MCASD is provided, in part, by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.