The Very Large Array: San Diego/Tijuana Artists in the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, in San Diego, California





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Featuring more than 100 artists and representing five decades of collecting, this expansive group show of Museum acquisitions highlights many of the region’s most beloved and accomplished artists.

Works presented in the exhibition range from Russell Baldwin’s A Study (1959)—the exhibition’s earliest work, which entered the collection the year it was made—to Glenna Jennings’s photograph She forgot what was important and fastened on the little things (2008), which was purchased after it appeared in 2010’s Here Not There: San Diego Art Now. Taken together, works such as these bookend fifty years of collection building, demonstrating the Museum’s ongoing commitment to artists living and working in San Diego and Tijuana, as well as those hailing from the region.

Presented in the capacious Farrell Gallery of the Jacobs Building, many of the two-dimensional works will be displayed in a dense, salon-style hanging covering the walls. A separate white cube space designed for the exhibition occupies the center of the room, presenting focused selections of works inside the cube, which will change seasonally.

The exhibition will be on view through June 1, 2014 and thematic installations will rotate inside the cube every three to four months. The inaugural installment of this ‘show within a show’ features a range of sculptural practices, placing emphasis on materiality and the use of found objects. Subsequent rotations will address border activism in art, juxtapose two or more artists in unexpected combinations, and spotlight hybrid works of video and sculpture, among other thematic installations.

The Very Large Array aims to rethink the parameters of a permanent collection show, making an unusually large portion of the collection visible and accessible. The exhibition’s title references the famous group of immense astronomical radio telescopes in the New Mexico desert—a nod to the vast array of works 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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