Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

“The Very Large Array: San Diego/Tijuana Artists In The MCA Collection”
MCASD – Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard / San Diego, CA 92101
November 29, 2012 - June 1, 2014

The Very Large Array aims to rethink the parameters and very shape of a permanent collection show, making an unusually large portion of the collection visible and accessible.

Featuring more than one hundred artists and representing five decades of collecting, this expansive exhibition of Museum acquisitions highlights many of the region’s most beloved and accomplished artists. With two-dimensional works displayed in a salon-style installation, the white cube space at the center of the room presents focused, thematic selections, which change seasonally.

In March the second rotation of the cube debuted, spotlighting artists whose work explores the politics and psychogeography of the U.S.-Mexico border. This presentation features significant, rarely seen works of installation art such as Victor Payan and Perry Vasquez’s Keep on Crossin’ (2003-05), a passionate call for crossing borders of all kinds. Also on view is the provocative and influential project Art Rebate/Arte Reembolso (1993) by David Avalos, Louis Hock, and Elizabeth Sisco, who famously distributed ten-dollar bills to undocumented workers in San Diego, illuminating the workers’ unacknowledged role as taxpayers in the local economy.

In July, the cube will feature a two-person exhibition pairing early works by Manny Farber and Faiya Fredman. Juxtaposing Farber’s paintings on collaged paper from the late 60s and 70s and Fredman’s mid-1970s works of fleece and sand on canvas, the exhibition considers questions of process and materiality in the work of two distinctive San Diego artists.

The Very Large Array aims to rethink the parameters and very shape of a permanent collection show, making an unusually large portion of the collection visible and accessible. Referencing the famous group of immense astronomical radio telescopes in the New Mexico desert, the exhibition’s title nods to the vast spectrum of objects assembled in the Museum’s collection and to the ability of artists to connect us to something much larger than ourselves.

Artists included in The Very Large Array include Acamonchi, Amy Adler, Wick Alexander, Felipe Almada, Aaron Anish, David Antin, Eleanor Antin, Mónica Arreola, David Avalos, John Baldessari, Russell W. Baldwin, Mely Barragán, David Baze, Barry Bell, Adam Belt, Doris Bittar, Álvaro Blancarte, Robin Bright, Tania Candiani, Kenneth Capps, Fabián Cereijido, Alida Cervantes, Enrique Ciapara, Becky Cohen, Harold Cohen, Janet Cooling, Lael Corbin, Hugo Crosthwaite, Stephen Curry, Einar de la Torre, Jamex de la Torre, Sergio de la Torre, Roman de Salvo, Brian Dick, Steve Fagin, Amanda Farber, Manny Farber, Lynn Fayman, William Feeney, Russell Forester, Faiya Fredman, Daniela Gallois, Robert Ginder, Ethel Greene, Mathieu Gregoire, Raúl Guerrero, Helen Harrison, Newton Harrison, Joanne Hayakawa, Louis Hock, Suda House, James Hubbell, Robert Irwin, Glenna Jennings, Jay Johnson, Scott Kessler, Byron Kim, Jesse Lerner, Javier Ramírez Limón, Richard A. Lou, Jean Lowe, James Luna, Kim MacConnel, Ana Machado, Heather Gwen Martin, Julio César Morales, Angeles Moreno, Richard Allen Morris, Anne Mudge, Rubén Ochoa, Victor Ochoa, Arthur Ollman, Julio Orozco, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, Jaime Ruiz Otis, Marta Palau, Patricia Patterson, Victor Payan, Iana Quesnell, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Armando Rascón, Zandra Rhodes, Salvador Ricalde, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Gail Roberts, John Rogers, Daniel Ruanova, Deborah Ruth, Niki de Saint Phalle, Italo Scanga, Allison Schulnik, Reesey Shaw, Ernest Silva, Elizabeth Sisco, James Skalman, Deborah Small, Haim Steinbach, Torolab/Raúl Cárdenas Osuna, Perry Vasquez, Yvonne Venegas, James Watts, and Walter Haase Wojtyla.

The Very Large Array: San Diego/Tijuana Artists in the MCA Collection is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Institutional support for MCASD is provided, in part, by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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