SDSU Downtown Gallery

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

Give-and-Take: Poster Design by Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell Apr 19, 2018 – Jul 22, 2018
bike collage poster
Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell, Public Bike, 2012; poster, 60 x 40 inches; courtesy of the artists

SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

Exhibition runs April 19, 2018 through July 22, 2018

Give-and-Take: Poster Design by Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell presents the work of this graphic design twosome, who pioneered the medium from a traditional analog approach to its contemporary inclusion of digital technology, beginning in 1989. Working collaboratively for over 30 years, Skolos and Wedell have consistently pushed the boundaries of art, design, and technology by moving fluidly between graphic design and photography, analog and digital, 2D and 3D forms. With a passion for process, the artists build elaborate models that are photographed and digitally combined, blending graphic elements and typography as foundational aspects for their graphic design.

Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell, belong to what Wedell calls the “bridge generation,” those transitional years when designers skilled in traditional analog techniques shifted towards digital technology. “We understand both worlds and easily move between them,” says Wedell. “The poster format is like a threshold into another world. It frames an idea. It lets you play with amazing scale shifts,” says Skolos.

The results are deep illusory spaces populated by shape and texture, color and form, which draw viewers in through the flat surface of the poster. Give-and-Take showcases, for the first time in southern California, a seminal selection of posters, 3D models, and related ephemera that share the creative journey of this world-renowned husband and wife duo.

Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell have been widely published and exhibited, with posters included in the graphic design collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Israel Museum, and the Museum für Gestaltung, Skolos is an elected member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and a Boston AIGA Fellow. In 2017 they were awarded the AIGA Medal for their outstanding contributions to the field of design and visual communication.

Give-and-Take is curated by Professor Susan Merritt and organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the Visiting Artists and Lecturers Committee, the SDSU Common Experience, 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 Ambassadors.

Events:

Thursday, April 19, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception with the Artists
SDSU Downtown Gallery

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Gallery Tour with the Artists

Friday, April 20, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Lecture by Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell
School of Art + Design
Art North, Room A-412

Thursday, May 17, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 21, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 19, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Downtown at Sundown
SDSU Downtown Gallery

All events are free and open to the public.
Thursday through Monday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

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



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 p.m. After 7:00 p.m., enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


MTS Trolley to the SDSU Downtown Gallery

From the east or SDSU campus

Take the Green Line towards 12th & Imperial. Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.

From the North or South

Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.

Exit the Blue Line at America Plaza. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.



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 Director at cpaul@mail.sdsu.edu.

Painting of frogs and painting of skull Transforming Existence Feb 10, 2018 – Apr 08, 2018

SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

Exhibition runs February 10, 2018 through April 8, 2018

Comprised of artwork created by faculty and students from the School of Art + Design, Transforming Existence explores Surrealism with works ranging from those that were inspired by the movement’s icons such as Salvador Dali, René Magritte, Joan Miró, and Dorothea Tanning to contemporary approaches, transporting us into the mind’s eye of each artist. The selection in Transforming Existence investigates the ways surrealistic combinations allow artists to understand personal experiences, relationships, and society, employing imagery depicting the absurd or strange to elements that promote introspection.

André Breton, recognized as the creator of Surrealism stated, “Surrealism is not just an art movement; it is a way of thinking, a way of life, a way of transforming existence.” Since its creation nearly a century ago, Surrealism has remained a relevant and unbridled liberation of the subconscious, infused into all art forms from drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics to jewelry, photography, graphic design, and digital art. Transforming Existence is the fourth in an annual series of exhibitions inspired by San Diego State University’s campus-wide initiative, the Common Experience and the current theme “Experience Imagination.”

Transforming Existence is organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the SDSU Common Experience, 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 Ambassadors.

Events:

Thursday, February 15, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception with the Artists
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Thursday, March 15, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Downtown at Sundown
SDSU Downtown Gallery

All events are free and open to the public.
Thursday through Monday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

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



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 p.m. After 7:00 p.m., enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


MTS Trolley to the SDSU Downtown Gallery

From the east or SDSU campus

Take the Green Line towards 12th & Imperial. Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.

From the North or South

Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.

Exit the Blue Line at America Plaza. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.



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 Director at cpaul@mail.sdsu.edu.

Downtown at Sundown Downtown at Sundown: Film Screening and Conversation Jan 18, 2018
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Prisoners working with students on restorative justice
(left) Group leader, Sal, speaks of how the writing program deeply changed lives inside RJD; photo by Lori Sutton. (right) Prisoners in RJD work with SDSU students in innovative writing program in maximum security in RJD prison; photo by Paul Sutton.)

For this installment of Downtown at Sundown, join us for an evening of film and conversation. We will be featuring a screening of the film Straight from the Pen, directed by SDSU Emeritus Faculty, Paul Sutton and co-directed by Lori Sutton. The film explores the realities of the prison system and how creative writing can be a tool for rehabilitation. Twenty-four prisoners come face-to-face with a dozen college students on a maximum-security prison yard. The writing that emerges is life changing, as prisoners trade the alienation, disaffection, and violence for openness and honesty. Though their often-intimate collaboration, both groups find hope and humanity in a place where they expected neither.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A conversation with Robert Gullett and Kevin Howerton, and others who are featured in the film.

Schedule for the evening:

Screening at 6:15 pm
Q&A Conversation at 7:15pm

Film Trailer

Downtown at Sundown is in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD) on the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. Neighborhood restaurants including Aaharn Thai, Carnivore, Waters, and The Stone Brewing Company Store will stay open late.
Check MCASD website for details about each month’s activities.

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

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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 p.m. After 7:00 p.m., enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


MTS Trolley to the SDSU Downtown Gallery

From the east or SDSU campus

Take the Green Line towards 12th & Imperial. Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.

From the North or South

Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.

Exit the Blue Line at America Plaza. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.



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 Director at cpaul@mail.sdsu.edu.

Comm Lecture Flyer Heart, Body, and Soul - Autoethnography Dec 12, 2017
6:00pm – 7:30pm

December 12, 2017

6:00 - 7:30pm
doors open at 5:30
FREE ADMISSION
SDSU Downtown Gallery, 725 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

Directed by Patricia Elmore Costa
in collaboration with Dr. Patricia Geist-Martin
Performed by Comm 750 Autoethnography students
Respondent: Dr. Kurt Lindemann

In this unique performance, 14 School of Commmunication graduate students from an Autoethnography seminar taught by Dr. Patricia Geist-Martin will read/perform 5 minute selections from their final projects.

Art on wall and building inside gallery settings Spaces From Yesterday Nov 17, 2017 – Jan 28, 2018

SDSU Downtown Gallery
720 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Exhibition runs November 17, 2017 through January 28, 2018

Spaces from Yesterday: Amy M. Ho with Chanthon Bun, Dennis Crookes, and Bobby Dean Evans, Jr. features three projects developed by Amy M. Ho in collaboration with incarcerated artists from San Quentin State Prison. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ho worked for several years as an art teacher at the prison and “learned from the inmates about the human capacity for change, the resilience of the human spirit, and the innate desire for self-expression.” The works included in the exhibition represent specific places that were significant to the inmates’ lives before prison. These places and the events that occurred in them were described to Ho in conversations that took place while she was teaching, and that gave her insight into the ways in which imprisoned artists use their memory of locations and attendant experiences to maintain ties to the outside world.

The Garage comprises an installation by Ho that recreates the garage workspace of Bobbie Dean Evans, Jr.’s childhood home, as well as his painting of the remembered space. Similarly, The Last Summer is an installation by Ho that is accompanied by two paintings by Chanthon Bun. Ho’s work with Dennis Crookes, who has been released from prison and currently lives in Los Angeles, includes his large-scale painting of The Hallway and Ho’s models for the installation. Each of the projects is intended to help preserve the inmates’ memories and serve as a platform to share their stories beyond the prison walls.

Spaces from Yesterday 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 Ambassadors and Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, California.

Events:

Tuesday, November 14
5:30 p.m.
Lecture by Amy M. Ho
Student Services West 1500, San Diego State University

Thursday, November 16
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Exhibition Reception with the Artists
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Friday, November 17
Noon
Gallery Talk by Amy M. Ho
SDSU Downtown Gallery

All events are free and open to the public.
Thursday through Monday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

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



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 p.m. After 7:00 p.m., enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.


MTS Trolley to the SDSU Downtown Gallery

From the east or SDSU campus

Take the Green Line towards 12th & Imperial. Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.

From the North or South

Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.

Exit the Blue Line at America Plaza. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.



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 Director at cpaul@mail.sdsu.edu.

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