General Admission: $5
Pre-sale is over, please purchase your tickets at the door.
Help us send a fond farewell to the stellar work of Millennial Pink, SDAI's most popular exhibition in its 76 year history. An artist talk with Riain Hager will be followed by a performance by Jaime Ramos titled "I'm Sorry If I've Been Distant, Pt. 1.," and close with a music performance by Helixhand.
From its humble beginnings in 2002 as a small birthday party for a few friends, Booty Bassment has grown to become one of California's best rap-based dance clubs. Performing regularly in San Diego, San Francisco, and Orange County, they meld both underground and throwback tracks. Booty Bassment is celebrating their 15th anniversary in August!
SDAI is proud to host its first full day summer art camp. Each unique week of projects will correspond with a popular contemporary art theme. Campers will have the chance to experiment with a wide range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and video.
* Image from Camp Parkeology, Photo by: Patrick Miller-Gamble
SDAI Project Space
Jose Hugo Sanchez Jimenez uses monumental printmaking to explore the fragments of dangerous borders and cross-cultural hybrid identities. Paradoxical boundaries trigger the mental sensibilities of local exiles, foreigners, and refugees of global culture censorship.
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
Written and Directed by Yony Leyser
2017, 82 minutes
Interviewees discuss homophobia, gender, feminism, AIDS, assimilation, sex, and, of course, art. The extensive participant list includes Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, John Waters, Justin Vivian Bond, Lynn Breedlove, Silas Howard, Pansy Division, Penny Arcade, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Deke Elash, Tom Jennings, Team Dresch, and many more. Encompassing a breadth of history and influence, Queercore ends with a glimpse towards Riot Grrl and artists like Peaches and The Gossip, who, inspired by queercore legacy, were next to take the stage.
Millennial Pink is an exhibition dedicated to the evolution of queer aesthetics, with an emphasis on imagery that is both intrinsically beautiful, natural, fluid, and celebratory.
Artists: Alexia Arani, Debra Barrera, Erica Cho, Zackary Drucker, Kevin Freligh, Carlitos Galvan, Marina Grize, Jesi Gutierrez, Riain Hager, Billy Hawkins, Rizzhel Mae Javier, Yony Leyser, Mario Mesquita, Mauricio Muñoz, Jaime Ramos, Vabianna Santos, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Orlando Soria, Patrick Staff, Wendy Stumman, Ivette Vallejo, Dylan Wilde, and Joe Yorty.
SDAI is pleased to invite the public to experience a spectacle of sculpture by artist-in-residence Jose Hugo Sanchez Jimenez. The Bestiary Metamorphosis of Migrant Sociology "transcends the graphic discipline of monumental printmaking into monumental woodcut sculpture."
There are no exhibitions on view at this time. SDAI will re-open with Millennial Pink on July 29th, 6-8pm.
SDAI will be closed to the public unless otherwise noted.
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7/8: White Suns • Silent • Telecaves (all ages, $10)
7/10: Summer Art Camps (on sale now!)
7/20: Solos Duos Todos (all ages, $5)
7/29: Millennial Pink (all ages, $5 general admission, free for members)
On Friday, June 23, Poetry & Art Series 2017 presents the 2017 San Diego Poetry Annual (SDPA). Editors and authors published in the anthology read poems from this year's edition. There will guest appearances by San Diego authors Anthony Blacksher, Judy Reeves, Adam Greenfield and Jimmy Jazz. Franco Z will perform A Brief History of Jazz. People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards follow featured readings and performances. DJ Gill Sotu will provide music and sound throughout the show. This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and plenty of time to mingle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, nonmembers $5 at the door.
SDAI brings back the opportunity for guests to practice figure drawing from a live model. Exercise skills in proportion, gesture, and observation each month starting in April. Artist and SDAI Gallery Manager, Kevin Freligh will facilitate each session, providing tips and advice for those in need of a little extra support and motivation.
SDAI is pleased to participate in Make Music Day in Balboa Park. Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. All events, in every location, are free and open to the public.
SDAI will host a special edition of SOLOS DUO TODOS, which will encourage musicians to experiment in new encounters and chance interactions. Multiple sessions throughout the day will give groups of improvisers the chance to perform short solos, then duos, then all together. SOLOS DUOS TODOS is an excercise in spontaneous collaboration and acceptance.
If you'd like to participate, please email: email@example.com
SDAI is pleased to invite experimenters working with sound, video, movement, and other media, in collaborative improvisation.
Performers are invited to bring a reasonable amount of gear to experiment with, set up in a circle, each perform 3 minute solos (getting to know you), then 3 minute duos (AB, BC, CD, DE, EF, FA – ideally with people you haven't played with before), then a short set of everyone together (5-10 minutes). This is not an open mic, so please don't expect to play anything precomposed.
The goal is to experiment in collaboration, try new styles/equipment, and meet new people. Please bring a small set up with practice amp, mono into the mixer, acoustic, or your own projector. For dancers/movers, the floor is smooth concrete, no marley. The instrumentation/medium is open, but the structure is fairly rigid. Performers ought to be willing to collaborate and leave each other space. Audiences have the opportunity to see/hear talented performers of San Diego in chance encounters.
Participation is FREE with RSVP
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject "Solos Duos Todos" and include your equipment/instrumentation plan
AUDIENCE: $5 admission to the performance & SDAI gallery
The third in our series of art and activism related workshops, San Diego Art Institute and Bridge (building-bridges.org) will host an information session detailing local activism and calls for justice within the LGBTQIA+ community; led by special guests from the San Diego Coalition Against Gay Conversion. We will discuss the many ways art can be utilized to spread awareness, develop organizing strategies, and execute resonant and dynamic demonstrations and actions. Examples of banner and sign-making techniques will be shared along with supplies for you to create your own.
Despite the fact that the San Diego/Tijuana border is the most transited in the world, only 1 in 4 San Diegans take the drive south to cross. 100 years ago, during the Panama-California Exposition, locals and tourists visiting the Spanish dancers, gem exhibitions, and Native American reenactment villages of Balboa Park often hopped on a trolley and for an “enjoyable 20-mile ride” to “Tia Juana.” Many of the popular restaurants, casinos, and racetracks in Tijuana were funded by the same American dollars that built Balboa Park. Yet in less than a century, the public imagination of fluidity between San Diego to Tijuana has hardened in sync with the concrete border wall itself...
The Vine Affair is Balboa Park Cultural Partnership's first annual wine festival, entwined within five tasting galleries in Balboa Park. Each location will house several wineries, food vendors and breweries. Beyond taste and smell, the night will be a feast for the senses. See art within the museums, touch and interact with exhibitions, and hear live music in several locations.
Expanding out of last year’s highly acclaimed program, this year’s Organ For the Senses welcomes seven composers from the U.S., Sweden, Australia, and Mexico for an event that will challenge listeners as much as challenge the sonic and architectonic limits of the Spreckels’ organ itself. Curator Alan F Jones (Laminal Audio, Marginal Frequency) has selected regional and nationally renowned contemporary musicians to create works for the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. Each composition, ranging from eight to twelve minutes in length, seeks to explore the physical properties of the organ itself, wherein vibrationallydriven works feature as prominently as key traces of melody. In aggregate, the music will feature inherent electronic elements, and electronics-as-accompaniment, exploring how the organ functions as a massive analogue synthesizer. Jones’ choices for these performances comes out of an interest to challenge some of the most brilliant minds in experimental music to approach the instrument both obliquely and organically, including music from composers who have never written for organ. In every case, we will all be hearing these works for the first time in a global premiere.
San Diego is not only known as one of the top three biotech capitals in the world, thanks to the presence of research centers like the Salk, Scripps, and the Stanford Consortium, but it is uniquely situated next to the creative hotbed that is Tijuana. Extra-Ordinary Collusion celebrates this rich cultural heritage by fostering innovative exchange between two of San Diego’s great cultural strengths—our thriving scientific and artistic communities.
SDAI is pleased to introduce a new series which aims to engage experimenters working with sound, video, movement, and other media, in collaborative improvisation.
Performers are invited to bring a reasonable amount of gear to experiment with, set up in a circle, each perform 3 minute solos (getting to know you), then 3 minute duos (AB, BC, CD, DE, EF, FA), then a short set of everyone together (5-10 minutes).
The idea is to experiment in collaboration, try new styles/equipment, and meet new people. Please bring a small set up with practice amp, mono into the mixer, acoustic, or your own projector. The instrumentation/medium is open, but the structure is fairly rigid. Performers ought to be willing to collaborate and leave each other space. Audiences have the opportunity to see/hear talented performers of San Diego in chance encounters.
Participation is FREE with RSVP
Email: email@example.com with subject "Solos Duos Todos" and include your equipment/instrumentation plan
In Manch’s new body of work the artist explores the relationship between parent and child and the ideas, objects, and traits that are passed from one generation to the next. Text, images of the natural world, and material symbols combine to illuminate themes of protection, discovery, and courage. What's Mine is Yours presents a series of Manch’s new, mixed-media fabric works with watercolor, hand embroidery, and appliqué.
San Diego Art Institute is hosting a special workshop presented by Bridge and So Sew Co collective
for a social engagement art piece that invites the public to get their resistance on! Art and activism have an inherently symbiotic relationship, no matter where you stand or what your message may be. Join Shirin Towfiq, as she provides basic sewing instruction and ideas for conceptual clothing inspiring participants to assert their individual power the art of textile creation. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own found fabric to incorporate into your finished piece.
Shirin Towfiq is a San Diego based conceptual artist of Iranian descent that works in textile, conceptual clothing, installation, and socially engaged art. Her work addresses cultural, feminine, and interpersonal relationships. She received a BA in Practice of Art from University of California Berkeley. Shirin is the founder of So Sew Co, an organization that inspires creativity and builds community through alternative sewing projects and art workshops.Learn how to create your very own resist shirt and come prepared for your next protest or rally event. Each shirt can function on its own, but has the ability to connect with as many people as possible!
After viewing mountain lions stilled in eternal prowls, grizzly bears sniffing the air with frozen noses, and hawks mid-scream, children have a common line of questioning when visiting the displays at theNAT. “Is it real? Are they alive?” Yes, the 7.4 million specimens that exist in theNAT’s research collections are real, and at one point they were alive. A third question arises: “how did you get them?” Before they were poised in glass vitrines, nestled in wooden shelves, submerged in alcohol, or pinned to paper backing, the biological specimens that comprise the Museum's collections went through a complex journey.
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, organist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He's spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. His work is ever changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Though Thollem's widely known as an acoustic piano player, he's also the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and has recently branched out significantly into the world of electronics through a multitude of projects. He has performed and recorded prolifically, with but not limited to: Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Nate Wooley, Sandy Ewen, Kjell Nordeson, Darin Gray, Glenn Kotche, Larry Ochs, Michel Doneda and Rob Mazurek.
Hot Pursuit Of Happiness is Thollem's solo show forging a fun-filled onslaught of PunkWorldNoiseBluesAvantAmericana through an unruly electronic beast of vintage keyboards and stomp boxes. About the insane absurdity of 21st century America, always somewhere between being pursued and pursuing, healthy rage against it all, love and death, the time of our lives. With songs from recent albums Machine In The Ghost, Always Put On Your Sincere Face and Tsigoti, plus music from Howled Ground, Operation Sunbeam and Thollem's newest release Who Are U.S. When possible the show will be backdropped by a hyper-speed video of Silver Ochre's trip around the U.S. last year. Thollem's visit to San Diego is a waypoint on his continental U.S. tour from April 6th - Nov. 19th.
Helixhand is the audiovisual and electronic music project of Ashley Capachione. A Boston, Massachusetts transplant, she began recording experimental electronic music under the project name BATHAUS after finding sonic influence in New England’s sacred spaces and historical structures. Her work continues to dissect and revision spiritual connectivity, ritual and folklore within an audiovisual practice. She’s released music under Phantasma Disques, Cleopatra Records, Apothecary Compositions, Haute Magie Records and Unspeakable Records and has performed solo and collaboratively at SXSW, Together Festival, Discwoman NYC, Evlv tech Fest, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her music has been noted for its atypical layering of samples and well as a wide array of influences ranging from industrial, techno, ambient and lo-fi. Capachione is the co-founder of Substructure Boston, an electronic music series and platform showcasing underrepresented artists and inspiring women to positions of power.
Composer, sound artist, and instrument builder. Completely ambivalent about music. Daniel Prince studied with composer Maryanne Amacher and with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart. He has performed as a soloist on modular synthesizer with the American Symphony Orchestra, developed sound installations in abandoned concert halls, and played innumerable basement punk shows. Daniel’s lifework investigating the aesthetics of hearing damage has received international press (Nature Journal, 2014); as an ally in the search for a cure, he has been awarded the title of “tinnitus ambassador” by the Deutsche Tinnitus-Stiftung. Recent activities include a Project Grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Daniel received his MA in Music Composition from Wesleyan University, has taught analog synthesis at Bard College, and, as fate would have it, is now pursuing his PhD at University of California, San Diego.
San Diego Art Institute welcomes international artist, Tara de la Garza, for a workshop experimenting with mixed media and collage.
With her collage work, Tara distorts elements of nature to create new hybrid creatures, based on the aesthetic of the exquisite corpse. In this workshop we begin with images in magazines, cut them out using a scalpel and create new forms that we then glue to a page.