Downtown at Sundown

Downtown at Sundown, Jan. 21

Jan 21, 2016
6:00pm


Presented in conjunction with our partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD). Visual arts and performing arts converge at MCASD’s new after-hours offering: Downtown at Sundown. In response to the artworks included in Presence: Selections from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection, this music and spoken-word performance will explore a world in which we appear from nowhere and from which we disappear into the unknown.

Vanessa Beecroft

Jan 23, 2016


Vanessa Beecroft, born in Genoa, Italy and based in Los Angeles, is known for provocative artworks that question society’s obsession with the female body. In VB53, a live performance orchestrated by Beecroft, twenty-one female models of various ethnicities were gathered on a large, oval mound of moist earth inside the soaring iron-and-glass Tepidarium of Florence’s horticultural garden. The work began with the women standing upright, wearing nothing but the same style of fashionable shoes and facing the same direction. During the course of the three-hour performance the women grew sufficiently weary to brave sitting or reclining on the loamy mound, dirtying their bare skin with fresh soil. The work is represented in Presence: Selections from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection by video documentation of the compelling event. Beecroft will discuss VB53 and other projects from her artistic practice during her lecture at SDSU.

Female floating in an empty white room with wood floors

Opening Reception: Presence

Nov 05, 2015


SDSU Downtown Gallery Event With a Performance by Claudia Cano, SDSU Art + Design MFA Student Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Presence: Selections from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection November 5, 6:00 to 8:00pm Join us to celebrate the opening of Presence, a thematic selection of artworks from the Matthew and Iris […]

Woodblock prints of the love tree in the garden of the baby cherry tree

Embodied

Nov 13, 2015


SDSU Downtown Gallery Event Performance by the Hausmann String Quartet and the SDSU Writers’ Collaborative Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Presence: Selections from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection November 13, 6:00pm In response to the artworks included in Presence: Selections from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection, this music and spoken-word performance will […]

Statue of Liberty dressed in Middle Eastern clothes and jewelry

Exhibition Tour with Matthew Strauss

Nov 19, 2015


SDSU Downtown Gallery Event Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Presence: Selections from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection November 19, 6:00pm Matthew and Iris Strauss are among San Diego County’s most important patrons of the arts. In addition to assembling an impressive private collection of noteworthy international artworks, they have developed a Family Foundation […]

Woodblock prints of the love tree in the garden of the baby cherry tree

Presence: Selections from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection

Nov 05, 2015 – Jan 25, 2016


From a nineteenth-century ukiyo-e woodblock print to video documentation of a contemporary performance, the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection comprises a compelling range of noteworthy international art. A thematic selection of the Foundation’s holdings is brought together for the San Diego community in Presence, the focus of which is images of women. Incorporating either the female figure itself or women’s apparel as surrogate for the female body, the works in the exhibition manifest a breadth of physical, psychological, social and political states of being. Exploring this diversity of female identity with a variety of media and from a global perspective, Presence features painting, printmaking, photography, installation, fiber art and video from Argentina, China, Britain, Italy, Japan, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden, and the United States.

Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman Reception

Aug 29, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm


Opening Reception with the Artist: Jonathan Green Saturday, August 29, 7:00 – 9:00pm Presented by the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, the exhibition features the work of American artist, Jonathan Green alongside other works drawn from the artist private collection with his life partner Richard Weedman. The exhibition will reflect on the […]