SDSU Downtown Gallery

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

Contemplation-1999 Art from the Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman Aug 13, 2015 – Oct 18, 2015

SDSU Downtown Gallery Exhibition

August 13 - October 18, 2015

Jonathan Green
Jonathan Green
Photo Credit: Charlie Smith

San Diego, CA (June, 2015) - The San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art (SDAAMFA) is pleased to present Art from the Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman, an exhibition featuring selected pieces of the art of Jonathan Green along with art from the private collection of Green and his life partner Richard Weedman. Their impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by African American, Caribbean, Latin American and American artists reflects the breadth of their interests, and the cultural diversity that has contributed to the development of American art. Other noted artist in the exhibit includes, Romare Bearden, William Carter, Elizabeth Catlett, Jose V. Jaurequi, Reynier Lianes and Hale Woodruff.

Artist Jonathan Green was born in 1955 in Gardens Corner, South Carolina. Raised in the black "Gullah" culture of the coastal Southeast, he grew up speaking the region's dialect--English mixed with grammar elements from several African languages. Green is a graduate of the prestigious School of Art Institute of Chicago. Green’s works, noted for the masterful use of color and exquisite portrayal of the human figure, evoke the semitropical atmosphere and gentle daily rhythms of his agrarian home.

It has been over two decades since Mr. Green has been on the west coast. Upon his arrival, Mr. Green will lecture on the campus of San Diego State University, meet with local artist and conduct a multicultural artist round table in collaboration with Casa Familiar and the Front Gallery in San Ysidro.  

The exhibition will run between August 13 and October 18, 2015 with an opening reception Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 PM in the San Diego State University Downtown Gallery, 725 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. This exhibition is free to the public.

About the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art

The San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art was established in 1992. A decade after it’s opening, the museum’s activities went dormant. In 2013, a small group of individuals came together to reestablish SDAAMFA. The museum is now located in the M.L. King Center located on the campus of Bayview Baptist Church. The museum is a separate non-profit 501 C (3) corporation which lessees the facility from the church.

A Conversation with the Artist: Jonathan Green

Thursday, August 27, 4:00 – 6:00pm

SDSU Main Campus: Love Library (The Leon Williams Room)
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

Opening Reception with the Artist: Jonathan Green

Saturday, August 29, 7:00 – 9:00pm

SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

*All events are free and open to the public

For more information, contact Chantel Paul, Downtown Gallery Program Coordinator at

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