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Member Opening Reception at MOPA@SDMA


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Member Opening Reception
MOPA@SDMA

Thursday, May 30, 2024
6:00–8:00 p.m.

 

Robert Dotson, President of the Board of Trustees, and Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director and CEO of The San Diego Museum of Art, invite you to the opening celebration of Storyteller: Work by Holly RobertsThe Artist Speaks: Cara Romero, and Picture This: Recent Acquisitions. 

Artist Holly Roberts will be in attendance to give remarks about her exhibition and process. Members are invited to enjoy refreshments and live music while mingling with fellow members and viewing MOPA@SDMA exhibitions Museum-wide.

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONS

Storyteller: Work by Holly Roberts

For over four decades artist Holly Roberts (American, b. 1951) has explored her rich and varied inner world. With a strong connection to nature, both human and animal, she was an early experimenter in mixing painting and photography. From painting on the surface of the photographic image to cutting photographs into transformative shapes and applying to textured, painted surfaces, there is a connecting thread that binds her work.

The narrative, or storytelling, aspect of Roberts’s art is continually evident—from inner terrors brought to the surface in works such as Bad Father to the mythological symbolism in many of her animal-based imagery. Snakes, dogs, birds, horses, and rabbits are subjects that repeat throughout her work. It is through her art that Roberts grapples with the imperfection of the world around her.

Combining training in printmaking, painting, and photography, Roberts continues to contribute to the transformation of photography.

 

The Artist Speaks: Cara Romero

Cara Romero is an enrolled citizen of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, and was raised between the contrasting settings of the reservation in Mojave Desert, California and the urban sprawl of Houston, Texas. Romero's identity informs her visceral approach to representing cultural memory, collective history, and lived experience from a female Native American perspective. 

Romero is focused on researching historical and contemporary narratives of identity and heritage. By staging theatrical compositions infused with dramatic color, she takes on the role of storyteller, using contemporary techniques to depict the modernity of Indigenous culture, illuminating Native worldviews alluding to the supernatural in everyday life. 

The exhibition is divided into three sections - Native California, Imagining Indigenous Futures, and Native Woman. 

 

Picture This: Recent Acquisitions

This exhibition selects from over a thousand photographs that were accepted as gifts in the last three years, leading up to the recent merging of the Museum of Photographic Arts and The San Diego Museum of Art. This combined collection now contains over fifteen thousand works of photography, video, and new media. From anonymous nineteenth-century photographers to renowned artists such as Berenice Abbott, Martín Chambi, Mary Ellen Mark, Arnold Newman, Alison Rositer, Aaron Siskind, Mike and Doug Starn, Louise Dahl Wolfe, and many more, the photographs presented here reflect a diverse range of processes spanning nearly two hundred years. Picture This: Recent Acquisitions is organized into three sections: Portraiture, Abstraction/Manipulation, and Modernism.

Picture This demonstrates that a photograph is truly worth a thousand words. Sharing the work and the stories that each provide is a vital part of the nature of collecting. This exhibition looks specifically at the most recent acquisitions to the collection, the majority of which were gifted by local collectors or by the artists themselves. In particular, the Museum is grateful for the ongoing generosity of Cam and Wanda Garner, Ken and Jacki Widder, and Forrest D. Colburn. Two significant gifts were bequests, one from Lawrence S. Friedman and the other from Jerry D. Gardner.

By learning about the maker along with their influences and motivations, a deeper understanding can be experienced. It was Aristotle who wrote, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” The core of the Picture This exhibition is to share the humanistic power of photography in all of its facets.