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  • Thu – Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Mon – Wed: Closed


The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb
Saturday, January 16 – Sunday, March 6, 2016 The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb

This exhibition is a journey through the history and hair story of the African American hair experience, industry, and role in our present culture. From its origins in the seat of civilization to the epicenter of the civil rights and “Black is Beautiful” movements. This exhibition tells the story of 400 years without a comb and includes artifacts, photography, historical accounts, propaganda, and much more. Local African American entrepreneur Dr. Willie L. Morrow, the creator of the natural haircut for the military, the California Curl, and the first Afro pick comb, presents his extensive collection showcased with local artists who have been invited to tell their own hair story. Curated by Starla Lewis, founder of C.E.L.L., Professor Emeritus of Black Studies at San Diego Mesa College and frequent guest curator and lecturer at the Women’s Museum of California.

Information Retrieval: Mediated Memories of Landscapes
Saturday, January 16 – Sunday March 6, 2016
Tower Gallery
A publicly-engaged work, by 2015 Creative Catalyst Fellow Matthew Hebert, exploring the ubiquity of technology in almost all aspects of daily life and the myriad ways it impacts our experiences of our physical environments.  The work invites viewers to explore its visual and aural renditions of others’ memories of landscapes inflected by technology. More information about the artist at: (Included with admission to The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb)

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My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action
Saturday, May 21 – Sunday, August 14, 2016

My Hero: Conetmporary Art & Superhero Action Discover the secret life of your favorite superheroes in the sprawling collection of international artworks that is My Hero. The artists in the exhibition both pay homage to these universal idols and present critical questions about their God-like stature as they re imagine and newly interpret iconic superhero imagery. Some spin the fantasy even further by imagining the hero as a child, as an aging being, and even as an animal. The variety of interpretations in My Hero is vast and challenging, dark and humorous, familiar yet new.

Regular admission is $8. Senior (60+) and student discounts are available for $5. Center Members, Military & children 12 years and under FREE! Class tours start at $20.

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