MCASD and the University of San Diego (USD) joined resources to present One Cannot Look: Graphic Wars, an exhibition featuring prints by Spanish artists Francisco de Goya and Rafael Canogar from each institution’s collection. Between 1810 and 1820, Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) created his celebrated print series, Disasters of War, in response to the horrors of the Peninsular War in Spain. In the 1969 series The Earth andLa Violencia, Rafael Canogar likewise addressed themes of conflict and violence, this time those occurring on the world stage, such as the Vietnam War, Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and Francisco Franco’s regime in Spain. Goya’s seminal prints, a cornerstone of USD’s collection, and Canogar’s more recent series, never before seen at MCASD, together speak of the long arc of war and its traumas—both in Spain and at large.
One Cannot Look: Graphic Wars is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the University of San Diego’s University Print Collection. 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.