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

SDSU Downtown Gallery Exhibition

November 5, 2015 through January 25, 2016

Statue of Liberty dressed in Middle Eastern clothes and jewelry
Asma Ahmed Shikoh
Self Portrait 1, 2004
Oil on canvas, 29 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection
Copyright © 2004, Asma Ahmed Shikoh

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.

Presence is organized by Professor Tina Yapelli, director of the SDSU Downtown Gallery, in collaboration with the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation. Assistance is provided by Marcy Raphael, Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection Manager. The exhibition is sponsored by the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and the fund for Instructionally Related Activities. Additional support is provided by the San Diego State University Art Council and Arts Alive SDSU.

 


Opening Reception

Thursday, November 5, 6:00 – 8:00pm

SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619)-501-6370

Exhibition Tour with Matthew Strauss

Thursday, November 19, 6:00pm

SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619)-501-6370

*Exhibitions and events at the SDSU Downtown Gallery are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Chantel Paul, Downtown Gallery Program Coordinator at cpaul@mail.sdsu.edu.