Wood block print showing war

Sandow Birk: Depravities & Monuments

Nov 17, 2016 – Jan 29, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


SDSU Downtown Gallery Event November 17, 2016 – January 29, 2017 Thursday through Monday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Depravities & Monuments features a selection of artworks from two incisive series by Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk. The Depravities of War, comprising a narrative suite of monumental woodcut prints, proffers a stinging critique of the […]

A group of tumbleweeds on a loading dock

Ashley Fenderson: Ghost

Sep 15, 2016 – Nov 06, 2016
11:00am – 4:00pm


Installation view ©Brandon Means The SDSU Downtown Gallery presents a site-specific installation by third-year M.F.A. candidate, Ashley Fenderson, titled Ghost. This installation is drawn directly from the artist’s relationship with the deserts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. For years, she has explored, mined, and literally captured these places as a method of meditation and […]

Downtown at Sundown

Downtown at Sundown October 20

Oct 20, 2016
5:00pm – 8:00pm


SDSU Downtown Gallery Event Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00pm For this installment of Downtown at Sundown, join us for an evening of art and music in our gallery. View the current exhibition, With Abandon: Works by SDSU Alumni 2011-2016 and stay for San Diego post-punk duo Blood Ponies. The band will be […]

Jeff MacNelly Illustrations of Donkey and Elephant

Party Lines: The History, Art, and Politics of Editorial Cartoons

Jun 23, 2016 – Sep 04, 2016


SDSU Downtown Gallery Event Thursday through Monday, 11:00am – 4:00pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) The SDSU Downtown Gallery presents Party Lines: The History, Art, and Politics of Editorial Cartoons, an exhibition highlighting the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonists and their contemporaries. The exhibition focuses on over four decades of cartoons created during presidential election […]

Cathedrals: Jeff Ray

Apr 07, 2016 – Jun 12, 2016


SDSU Downtown Gallery Event Thursday through Monday, 11:00am – 4:00pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) Cathedrals is a site-specific, multi-sensory installation by San Francisco Bay-area artist, Jeff Ray. The exhibition continues Ray’s exploration of the intersection between nature and architecture. He reimagines familiar surroundings and structures such as cathedrals and coastal bunkers as monuments, taking us on […]

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.

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.