Summer 2020
Visit our new digital platform, MCASD: Digital

What’s it like to be an intern during a pandemic?

Like most people in the United States, I had to get used to working online. My internship with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego was conducted entirely online. I was lucky enough that it wasn't canceled after schools closed down due to shelter-in-place orders. However, it meant I had to get used to an at-home set-up: having zooms every other day, using online apps for all sorts of work and communication, constantly checking my email for updates, and going to my kitchen to grab snacks whenever I pleased. It’s what I have come to call business as usual.
Education Intern sitting at a desk facing his computer working.

Family ArtLab: Home Edition-Oscar Romo

Every summer the Education & Engagement department at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego welcomes an intern, and this year is no exception. Working with members of the MCASD staff via weekly zoom meeting, Isaiah Colmenero, created a family-friendly ArtLab inspired by Oscar Romo’s artwork. Romo is an environmental engineer, professor at UCSD, Urban Studies and Planning Program in San Diego, and the watershed coordinator in Los Laureles Canyon, Tijuana.

Photo of roof made of plastic soda bottle bottoms in light blues, clear, and greens.

Continuing to Create in a Pandemic

MCASD Extended School Partnership (ESP) program presents a digital showcase of student artwork from a local high school: Altus Charter School of San Diego. Students from this school created artwork in response to their experiences a museum visit, and lessons in their classroom even after shelter-in-place orders. 
Front cover of ESP Showcase with a black and white photo of a low flying plane and tree tops in the forefront.

Patrol Tours

Education & Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents "Patrol Tours" a series of videos that offer a glimpse of our guards’ perspective on artworks on view and connecting our audiences to our digital assets. 

Screen shot of the exhibition intro text "Commonplace Abstractions" with Spanish translation "Abstracciones cotidianas"

Introducing Family ArtLab: Home Edition

Education & Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents " Family ArtLab: Home Edition introducing the work, Evening, 2019 by Tschabalala Self, giving viewers an interpretation of her artwork in a fun and dynamic activity for the family to make.

Participant holding up their portrait to the camera.

Wondering what we have in our collection? REACT to our collection through a mobile museum experience!

Here's to throwback Mondays!

Reintroducing MCASD REACT, a mobile museum experience that connects you to our collection with your reactions.









Have you ever had a conversation with an artwork? Start a dialogue with works in our digital collection.

Celebrating our youth partnerships in a time of uncertainty.

Amidst the decision to close the Museum to the public beginning on Saturday, March 14th and this unprecedented time that the globe is facing, came the question: how do we still showcase the work of students and teachers involved in the Extended School Partnership (ESP)? Thanks to the quick thinking, experience, and dedication of Gallery Educators Akiko Mims, Luisa Martínez, Max Lofano, and Olimpia Vazquez Ojeda, showcase installation quickly turned into an impromptu photo session.

ESP 2020 Digital Showcase

Artist Q&A > Nancy Lupo

Nancy Lupo's first museum exhibition is on view MCASD through March 15, 2020. Here, the Los Angeles-based artist speaks with MCASD about her work and current exhibition.
MCASD: Your work is often described through your specific use of materials, from super foods and dental floss to mass produced items such as trash cans or folding chairs. Such materials draw our attention to ubiquitous but often overlooked objects. What is at stake for you in these materials and the ways you bring them together? 
Installation image of Nancy Lupo: Scripts for the Pagaent, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown, 2019. Photo: Pablo Mason

Artist Q&A > Richard Allen Morris

San Diego-based artist Richard Allen Morris is the subject of the exhibition More like a Forest: Paintings and Sculptures by Richard Allen Morris. Here he discusses aspects of his career and a few of the works featured in the exhibition.

MCASD: When visitors first walk into the Museum they’ll see a series of 39 sculptures all from the 1980s. Can you talk a little bit about the inception of this body of work?