SDSU Downtown Gallery

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

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 Iraq war and its aftermath. Birk harks back to Jacques Callot’s The Miseries and Misfortunes of War (1633), a series of etchings that delivered biting commentary on Europe’s Thirty Years’ War and inspired Francisco Goya’s damning print series The Disasters of War (1810–1820), which expressed horror at the bloody conflicts between Spain and the French Empire. As did his predecessors, Birk depicts the events of his own time to condemn the gruesome practices and devastating consequences of armed combat. Imaginary Monuments, consisting of outsize drawings and etchings, proposes public memorials to laws, treaties and declarations devised to structure the conduct of global society. At once deadpan and tongue-in-cheek, the works illustrate Birk’s fantastical plans for monuments to wide-ranging topics, such as human rights, criminal justice, U.S.-involved military engagements, international football, the Internet, the world’s oceans and outer space. Together, the Depravities and Monuments series cogently address conditions and concerns of contemporary life.

Sandow Birk: Depravities & Monuments is curated by Professor Tina Yapelli and organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Arts Alive SDSU. Additional support is provided by the San Diego State University Art Council. Sandow Birk is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, and Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Seattle.

Events

    • Thursday, November 17: Opening Reception, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday, December 2:Exhibition Tour with Sandow Birk, noon at the SDSU Downtown Gallery
    • Friday, December 2: Lecture by Sandow Birk, 6:00 p.m., San Diego State University, Storm Hall West, Room 011
        Visitor parking in Lot 12. Parking is $2/hour. Pay at kiosk on the 8th floor.

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  • Thursday, December 15 and January 19: Downtown at Sundown, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., an after-hours offering activating the Core-Columbia neighborhood with a host of perks to pique your interest on the third Thursday of every month.


One America Plaza

One America Plaza

Parking at the SDSU Downtown Gallery

One America Plaza at 600 W. Broadway (ABM parking garage)
$5 flat rate when you enter after 5:00 pm and exit before Midnight.

*Garage main entrance closes at 7:00 p.m. After 7:00 p.m., enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


SDSU Downtown Gallery Information

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

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

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

Ink drawing of a sarcastic monument Sandow Birk: Depravities & Monuments - Opening Reception Nov 17, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

SDSU Downtown Gallery Event

November 17, 2016 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Meet artist Sandow Birk and mingle with other art lovers as we celebrate the opening of the Los Angeles artist’s exhibition Depravities & Monuments, featuring monumental prints and drawings from two incisive series that address conditions and concerns of our contemporary global society.

This event is free and open to the public.


One America Plaza

One America Plaza

Parking at the SDSU Downtown Gallery

One America Plaza at 600 W. Broadway (ABM parking garage)
$5 flat rate when you enter after 5:00 p.m. and exit before Midnight.

*Garage main entrance closes at 7:00 p.m. After 7:00 p.m., enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


SDSU Downtown Gallery Information

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

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

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

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 performing two sets in the gallery throughout the night at 6:15 pm and 7:15 pm. Keeping with our alumni theme, frontman Jeff Terich graduated from SDSU in 2004.

Members of the band Blood Ponies

Downtown at Sundown is in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD), Stone Brewing Co., and The Flight Path Wine Bar & Bistro, on the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 PM. Check MCASD website for details about each month’s activities.

Parking at the SDSU Downtown Gallery

One America Plaza

One America Plaza at 600 W. Broadway (ABM parking garage)
$5 flat rate when you enter after 5:00 pm and exit before Midnight.

*Garage main entrance closes at 7:00 PM. After 7:00 PM, enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


SDSU Downtown Gallery Information

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

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

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

Coffee Shop, Grossinger's Catskill Resort and Hotel With Abandon: Works by SDSU Alumni 2011 – 2016 Sep 15, 2016 – Nov 06, 2016
11:00am – 4:00pm

SDSU Downtown Gallery Event

September 15 – November 6, 2016
Thursday through Monday 11:00am – 4:00pm

With Abandon: Works by SDSU Alumni 2011 - 2016 shares five years of work from the SDSU School of Art + Design alumni. Each artist in the exhibition pays homage to their mentor and a program that celebrates craftsmanship and the hand-made, while creating work in their own individual voice. Surveying approaches from multiple areas of study, the pieces show a common interest in decay, using every-day materials or subject matter as a conduit for contemplation and investigation. Artists include Adam John Manley, Lee Lavy, Kaiya Rainbolt, and Marisa Scheinfeld, among others. Guest-curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director, San Diego Art Institute.

With Abandon is organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery, in collaboration with guest-curator, Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director of the San Diego Art Institute. Support for the exhibition and events are sponsored by the San Diego State University Art Council, the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, the fund for Instructionally Related Activities, and Arts Alive SDSU.

To see a listing of artists and works in With Abandon, download the show catalog.

Events

  • Thursday, September 15: Opening Reception, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 20: Downtown at Sundown, 5:00 pm – 8:00 p.m., an after-hours offering activating the Core-Columbia neighborhood with a host of perks to pique your interest on the third Thursday of every month.

One America Plaza

One America Plaza

Parking at the SDSU Downtown Gallery

One America Plaza at 600 W. Broadway (ABM parking garage)
$5 flat rate when you enter after 5:00 pm and exit before Midnight.

*Garage main entrance closes at 7:00 PM. After 7:00 PM, enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


SDSU Downtown Gallery Information

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

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

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

Itinerant Landmarks With Abandon: Works by SDSU Alumni 2011 – 2016, Opening Reception Sep 15, 2016
5:00pm – 8:00pm

SDSU Downtown Gallery Event

Thursday, September 15, 5pm – 8pm

Itinerant Landmarks
Adam John Manley, Itinerant Landmarks, 2015; wood (beech), acrylic plywood, and hardware ; courtesy of the artist

Join us to celebrate the opening of With Abandon: Works by SDSU Alumni 2011 – 2016. The exhibition is guest-curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director, San Diego Art Institute and shares five years of work from the SDSU School of Art + Design alumni. Surveying approaches from multiple areas of study, the pieces show a common interest in decay, using every-day materials or subject matter as a conduit for contemplation and investigation. Artists include Adam John Manley, Lee Lavy, Kaiya Rainbolt, and Marisa Scheinfeld, among others.

One America Plaza

One America Plaza

Parking at the SDSU Downtown Gallery

One America Plaza at 600 W. Broadway (ABM parking garage)
$5 flat rate when you enter after 5:00 pm and exit before Midnight.

*Garage main entrance closes at 7:00 PM. After 7:00 PM, enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


SDSU Downtown Gallery Information

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

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

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

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 art-making practice. Fenderson has created a monumental tumbleweed from smaller parts of dried flora associated with the desert. She has intertwined these materials with artifacts ranging from fur pelts to expired fireworks and snail shells, creating topography as rich and subtle as the desert itself. Juxtaposed with a video created in the field, Fenderson's installation seduces the senses and brings the mysteries of the outdoors inside.

On display in our loading dock space, known as Station B (formerly Art in the Dock), Ghost reinstates an exhibition program focusing on the work of SDSU graduate students. The name Station B connects the SDSU Downtown Gallery with the building’s historic role as Power Station B, an important component for the San Diego Electric Railway and SDG&E. We are delighted to welcome back this space after a brief hiatus.

For more information about the exhibition or events, please contact Chantel Paul, Downtown Gallery Program Coordinator at paul@mail.sdsu.edu

Matt Wuerker Illustration of Hillary Clinton standing at restaurant Party Lines: The History, Art, and Politics of Editorial Cartoons - Opening Reception Jun 23, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm

SDSU Downtown Gallery Event

Join us to celebrate the opening of Party Lines: The History, Art, and Politics of Editorial Cartoons, which examines an art form that brings awareness to political and social issues. Party Lines display over four decades of cartoons created during presidential election years, from past races to 2016, through multiple perspectives. Included in the exhibition are Patrick Oliphant, Jeff MacNelly, Steve Breen, Lisa Benson, and SDSU Alumnus Lalo Alcaraz, among others.

Party Lines is organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery, in collaboration with Jim Tiffany. The exhibition and events are sponsored by Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany, Nikki and Ben Clay, Linda and Mel Katz, Una Davis and Jack McGrory, Karen and Kit Sickels, and The Frame Maker. Additional support is provided by the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Arts Alive SDSU.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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

$5 Parking at the SDSU Downtown Gallery

One America Plaza at 600 W. Broadway (ABM parking garage)
$5 flat rate when you enter after 5:00 pm and exit before Midnight.

One America Plaza

One America Plaza
*Garage main entrance closes at 7:00 PM. After 7:00 PM, enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


 

SDSU Downtown Gallery Information

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

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

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)

Jeff MacNelly Illustrations of Donkey and Elephant
Jeff MacNelly, Untitled, April 20, 1976 (left) Untitled, March 3, 1979(right)
Archival print from original (ink and photographic wash on Graphix Duo-Shade photosensitive paper)
12 x 18 inches Courtesy of Susan MacNelly ©
Jeff MacNelly Archive (ED-79 0315) (ED-79 0315) and Philip Rosemond curator
Collection of The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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 years, from past races to 2016, through multiple perspectives, examining the art form as a conduit for awareness about political and social issues. Additionally, Party Lines elaborates on the history of editorial cartoons from the 19th century and the role of cartoons during women’s suffrage of the early 20th century.

Political cartoons and illustration have remained important throughout the changing state of newspaper and magazine publication. Party Lines continues the ongoing conversation around an art form that often calls us to look more closely at our society in a public forum. Included in the exhibition are Patrick Oliphant, Herb Block, Jeff MacNelly, Steve Breen, Lisa Benson, Matt Wuerker, and SDSU Alumnus Lalo Alcaraz, among others.

Party Lines is organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery, in collaboration with Jim Tiffany. The exhibition and events are sponsored by Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany, Nikki and Ben Clay, Linda and Mel Katz, Una Davis and Jack McGrory, Karen and Kit Sickels, and The Frame Maker. Additional support is provided by the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Arts Alive SDSU.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Public Events

Public Opening:
Thursday, June 23, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Downtown at Sundown in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego:
Thursday, July 21, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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

$5 Parking at the SDSU Downtown Gallery

One America Plaza at 600 W. Broadway (ABM parking garage)
$5 flat rate when you enter after 5:00 pm and exit before Midnight.

One America Plaza

One America Plaza
*Garage main entrance closes at 7:00 PM. After 7:00 PM, enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


SDSU Downtown Gallery Information

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

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

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