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California Connections: Selections From The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

July 8, 2017 – August 27, 2017

This collaborative exhibition draws from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) permanent collection, featuring works by beloved California artists. MCASD and The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) share a commitment to serving diverse audiences and bringing people together through art.

MCASD has long been dedicated to the history of California art, with works highlighting the wide range of practices and perspectives that have shaped the art of our region from the 1950s to today.

This partnership expands the audience of both organizations and invites members of the two Museums to visit both institutions throughout the run of the exhibition with reciprocal free admission.

Special Events:

  • Local Artists Panel | Sunday, August 27, 2017 | 2pm
  • Every Friday in August, stay late and enjoy featured performers in our Jazz Jam Music Series


Photography Expanded: Distinct Approaches

September 30 – November 12, 2017

This group exhibition, featuring well-respected Southern California photographers, explores several takes on the medium highlighting how photography has transformed and flourished over the years. A vast range of work from historic and traditional to current trends will expand our idea of what photography is and can be.

Richard Slechta, Boundary Value, 2014 Light on photo paper, 30 x 30 in


Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California

January 13 – March 4, 2018

Internationally known artist Niki de Saint Phalle created larger than life works of art about the myths and legends of California. This exhibition includes her Californian Diary print series as well as an exploration of the making of the sculpture garden Queen Califia’s Magical Circle.

Through maquettes, models, sculptures, photographs, furniture, blueprints as well as video and film, we celebrate this vibrant 20th century artist and the fifteen-year anniversary of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle.

Niki de Saint Phalle, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, Escondido, California, 2003.
© Niki Charitable Art Foundation 2018. Photo Credit: © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Campus Creatives: From the Classroom to the Museum

April 7 – May 13, 2018

Visual Art Department Faculty members teaching at the college level in San Diego County will showcase newer works of all media. This juried exhibition will underscore the talents of the educators and highlight our County’s strength in art education. Giving the public a chance to see how they practice what they teach and influence the art world beyond their institutions.

Sasha Koozel Reibstein; With or Without You (for Jim & James); 14″ x 11″ x 4″, porcelain, gold and copper leaf, mixed media


Image credit (background):
Manny Farber
Batiquitos, 1995, oil on board
72 x 72 x 1in. (182.9 x 182.9 x 2.5cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum purchase, International and Contemporary Collectors Funds, 2003.11
© Manny Farber 1995 (signed by Patricia Patterson)
Photo: Pablo Mason
Image credit (in post):
Lorser Feitelson
Untitled, 1970
acrylic on canvas
60 x 90 in.  (152.4 x 228.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Weiner, 1979.9
Copyright Lorser Feitelson 1970
Reproduced by permission of the Feitelson Arts Foundation
Photo: Pablo Mason

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