San Diego— January 11, 2022 - As the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) moves toward an April 2022 reopening of its flagship location in La Jolla, a National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) grant will help support the cost of reinstalling the permanent collection.
The NEA announced today that MCASD has been approved for a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award which provides support to help ensure the opening exhibition, Selections from the Collection, is mounted safely in its newly renovated and expanded facility.
“One of the main goals of this multi-year renovation project has been to provide ample space to showcase our extraordinary permanent collection,” explained David C. Copley Director and CEO Kathryn Kanjo. “A loosely chronological installation will reflect the energy and texture of a half-century of institutional collecting from the 1960s to the present. Juxtapositions of long-held and newly acquired works will highlight areas of art historical strength and make connections with sensitivity toward equity and diversity." In total, MCASD has over 5,600 works in its celebrated permanent collection of contemporary art. Approximately 120 works will be on display for the April opening, including three separate spaces dedicated to works associated with California’s Light and Space movement.
The installation will highlight areas of strength in the collection and will make connections with sensitivity toward equity and diversity. The collection will be accessible to the diverse local residents of the San Diego and Baja California Mexico communities, as well as to those who visit from regional, national, and international destinations.
“Artists in our collection represent diverse geographies, aesthetics, genders, races, and often reflect the Museum’s position by the Mexico border. Their varied artworks can help us to see our world, and ourselves, anew. We look forward to sharing these holdings with a curious public,” Kanjo added.
This project is among 1,248 projects across America totaling $28,840,000 that were selected to receive this first round of fiscal year 2022 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects category. This is the third NEA grant received by MCASD.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. MCASD is among the arts organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”
For more information on other projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.