SDSU Downtown Gallery

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

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

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

Downtown at Sundown Downtown at Sundown, Jan. 21 Jan 21, 2016
6:00pm

SDSU Downtown Gallery Event

Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:00pm
Performance by the Hausmann String Quartet and the SDSU Writers’ Collaborative

Embodied
Embodied

Presented in conjunction with our partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD). Visual arts and performing arts converge at MCASD's new after-hours offering: Downtown at Sundown. On the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 PM, local partners Stone Brewing Co. Store on Kettner, The Flight Path, and SDSU Downtown Gallery join MCASD to welcome you to the downtown neighborhood of Core-Columbia.

Enjoy free admission and guided tours of exhibitions at SDSU Downtown Gallery and MCASD, located just one block north of the Museum. Take advantage of $5 drink and appetizer specials at The Flight Path Wine Bar & Bistro and Stone Brewing Company, next door to the Museum on Kettner. Check MCASD website for details about each month’s activities.

January 21, 6:00pm

Embodied
Embodied

In response to the artworks included in Presence: Selections from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection, this music and spoken-word performance will explore a world in which we appear from nowhere and from which we disappear into the unknown.  

The performance is organized by Professor Sandra Alcosser, director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the SDSU Department of English and Comparative Literature. The exhibition is sponsored by the San Diego State University Art Council. Additional support is provided by the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, the fund for Instructionally Related Activities, and Arts Alive SDSU.


Embodied

Thursday, January 21 at 6:00pm

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

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MCASD_Logo_Black

 

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.

Three figures sitting on colorful boxes Tom Loeser: Please Please Please
Three figures sitting on colorful boxes
Tom Loeser, LA/Chicago/New York, 2016; wood, paint, felt, 12 x 17 x 26 inches; image courtesy of the artist

SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

Exhibition runs August 4, 2018 through October 28, 2018

If the furniture we sit on every day were totally different, would our lives be different too? That is one question posed by Madison-based designer/maker Tom Loeser. His longstanding investigation of unconventional, invitational furniture forms began in the early 1980s with a series of Folding Chairs, colorful seats that double as wall-hung art. In more recent years, he has made chests that swivel and slide, rocking chairs for two, rotary-action benches, and many other surprising shapes. When in use, these pieces immediately create opportunities for interaction – not only between people and objects, but between people and other people too.

Accessible and entertaining, to be sure, Loeser’s work also has a purpose: to shake up our habits and encourage us to be playful with our environment and with one another. The exhibition is comprised of approximately 14 furniture pieces by Loeser, most of which are newly made, as well as framed artworks.

This exhibition was curated by Glenn Adamson.

This exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated publication with essays by guest curator Glenn Adamson and author of Amateur Craft and Theory, Stephen Knott.

About Tom Loeser:

Tom Loeser designs and builds one-of-a-kind functional and dysfunctional objects that are based on the history of design and object-making as a starting point for developing new form and meaning. He has been head of the wood/furniture area in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison since 1991. He holds a BA from Haverford College, a BFA from Boston University and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Loeser is the recipient of four Visual Artist Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and an NEA Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship. His work has been featured in many national and international exhibitions and is in the collections of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts and many other institutions. He was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 2012.

Events:

Thursday, August 16, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Downtown at Sundown
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Tuesday, September 18, 5:30 p.m.
Lecture by Tom Loeser
SDSU Campus
Student Services West, Room 1500

Thursday, September 20, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening reception with the Artist
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Thursday, October 18, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Downtown at Sundown
SDSU Downtown Gallery

All events are free and open to the public.

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

Tom Loeser: Please Please Please is co-presented by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Museum of Craft and Design and curated by Glenn Adamson.

The exhibition and events are sponsored by Ron Abramson, Diane Powers, Rob Sidner, the Allied Craftsmen of San Diego, Wendy Maruyama and Bill Schairer, Reuben Foat, and the Visiting Artists and Lecturers Committee. Additional support is provided by the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Arts Alive SDSU, and the San Diego State University Art Council Ambassadors.

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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.

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