The second episode of SDAI’s Six Degrees of San Diego podcast puts the “cult” back in culture as we dive into the world of leaders, followers, rituals, and track suits from the many cults of Southern California. On Thursday, March 23rd, SDAI will host another moderated discussion on the prevalence in utopic societies in Sourthern California. Skyping in Alex Young, artist, curator, and cult afficianado, Ginger Shulick Porcella and Lissa Corona will discuss their fascination with Heaven’s Gate, Children of God, communes and colonies. Video installation by Stephen Handley, and a special screening of a film created by Alex Young, commissioned by SDAI in 2015, will be on view during the conversation.
The series continues with independent filmmaker Todd Solondz’s classic coming of age film, Welcome to the Dollhouse. Introduced by SDAI Education Director Lissa Corona, Welcome to the Dollhouse is described by Corona as “one of the most wonderfully painful film representations of adolescence.” Prior to the screening, Corona will discuss how Welcome to the Dollhouse has influenced her personal artwork and penchant for dark humor.
After last year’s Parkeology pageant directed by dramatist Playwright Welton Jones, the question still persists: was Zoro Gardens a social experiment or was it a peepshow? The facts are unclear. What remains is the garden environment built for public voyeurism which has since been transformed into a butterfly haven. For one day Naked Truth: Free Range will revive Zoro Gardens with a group of nudist sympathizers, in collaboration with performance artist Maria Ríos-Mathioudakis. Hourly programs with special guests will explore ways a contemporary reincarnation of the 1935 nudist colony can be an accessible, diverse, intersectional, gender-non- conforming, and body positive social experiment.
Performance Mythodologies taking place at SDAI Project Space in in Horton Plaza is a showcase of performative works by artists from San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles. This event is part of a full roster of programs that accompanies the exhibition Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies currently on display at SDAI Balboa Park. The featured artists in the main exhibition work in a variety of media, and this series will hopefully provide a glimpse into the multi-faceted nature of their bodies of work, and expand upon ideas and themes explored in this project. Also included in the evening's program will be artists who have collaborated with or have been in dialogue with the artists from each community, giving further insight to the greater geographic and social contexts from which these artists live and work.
Join San Diego Art Institute for a night of video art. From animation, performance, to narrative and digital painting, a collection of work submitted by San Diego based artists will be screened during this one night only event. Bring your friends, some snacks, and enjoy the show.
After the screening, jurors will determine the top three videos to run on a loop in our exhibition space for one month following this event.
at SDAI's Project Space @ Horton Plaza
$35 General, $25 PGK Dance Passport and SDAI members includes your first beverage, raffle ticket to win wonderful items from our seasonal sponsors and food
"Our World Renown, critically acclaimed contemporary repertory company known for presenting exceptional professional dance in unexpected places welcomes you to an evening of interactive dance and “live” music with surprise guest artists, fashions by African designer Lilly recently featured at SD Fashion week, drinks by Bluefoot Bar & Lounge and catered foods." - The PGK Dance Project
50 Scientists. 25 Bars. One Night.
All Over San Diego County.
What sounds like the beginning of a rather bad joke is actually a fun, new community program by the Fleet Science Center. During Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar℠, local scientists will enjoy something we all do: a beer and good conversation in a local bar. Join them, and ask them anything you want! They'll be easy to spot. Just look for the sign that reads: "We are scientists. Ask us anything!"
San Diego Art Institute presents an important and necessary discussion of intersectional feminism framed through the lens of contemporary art.
Our speakers will frame their research, artwork, and roles as artists, educators, and writers around the experience of people of color, the LGBTQ community, and the visibility of artists working within a largely white, male-centric art world.
The exhibition Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies currently on display is accompanied by a full roster of programs in both Balboa Park and at the SDAI Project Space in Horton Plaza. The featured artists work in a variety of media, and this series will hopefully provide a glimpse into the multi-faceted nature of their bodies of work. Also showcased will be artists who have collaborated with or have been in dialogue with the artists from the main exhibition, giving further insight to the greater geographic and social context, and expand upon ideas and themes explored in this project. Video Mythodologies, the first among this series, will be a screening of short video works from the three neighboring cities: San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles.
What is Social Practice? A term of increasing popularity, Social Practice has become a new level of engagement for artists looking to bridge the art world and the public sphere. The notion of artists creating work outside the studio, away from institutions, and in collaboration with “community,” social practice provides opportunity to create experiences that engage the viewer as participant. Often bringing to light issues of socio-economics, culture, politics, and ecology, social practice aims to draw a connection between the artist and communities directly impacted by the modes in which these issues present themselves.
$15 for CLA and SDAI nonmembers and $10 for members.
Join California Lawyers for the Arts for a discussion of legal issues frequently facing photographers, including issues surrounding street photography and photographing in public, use of drones, model and property releases, copyrights, licensing agreements, fair use and more. Leslie Burns, Esq. will present on the most recent developments in the law, as well as how the law affects your work as a photographer and/or as an artist incorporating photography in your work.
Vinyl is BACK in a big way. Record sales are at a 28 year high, and everyone from bookstores, coffee shops, and clothing stores are getting in on the vinyl game.
Local DJ, radio host, and artist Ana Brown is joining SDAI to teach San Diego teens how to get started crafting playlists, collecting records, using a turntable, and incorporating digital media into your DJ gigs.
Bring in your stack of records, a set of headphones, and your favorite MP3s and we’ll provide the rest!
Join SDAI for a celebration of wonder and curiosity, art and science, to celebrate the release of a fascinating new book on the art of taxidermy by New York taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato. This illuminating and enchanting celebration is for everyone—makers, collectors, beginners, the more experienced, and anyone who has ever been curious about this interesting and obscure art. In their new book Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy, published by The Countryman Press (W.W. Norton), Divya and Katie demystify the practice of taxidermy, shatter stereotypes, and make taxidermy accessible to all. Committed to sustainable sourcing and wildlife conservation, the authors are part of the vanguard of young taxidermists who bring new life to this age-old craft.
Nick Mansfield has created an environment where sensory inputs produce the same kinds of emotions, anxiety, heightened sensitivity, and general stress that is felt by those living with PTSD, offering the viewer a unique look into a world often unexplored and misunderstood by the general public, raising awareness of what the world behind the curtain of PTSD looks and feels like
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, SDAI is hosting the third installment from its “MIXTAPE” series, highlighting quality local, national, and international musical acts.
Alice Bag • Hexa • Die Mißbildungen Des Menschen
Arzu Ozkal is inviting cross-generational, self-identified women cultural producers to participate in a photo shoot for her mural project at SDAI in April 2017.
San Diego Women in Resistance is visual statement against authority, patriarchy, and other social mechanisms that govern our rights and resources. The images of the participants will be abstracted into pixelated illustrations and composed into a mural.
Very important disclaimer: The photo shoot is not going to be nude, but the pixel style illustrations based on the photographs will be. The artist will not use the photographs for the final image, but participants will be asked to sign a photography release waiver.
If you are interested in participating in San Diego Women in Resistance mural project stop by SDAI between 1pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday January 28th & 29th. RSVP in advance is recommended at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Artist:
Arzu Ozkal is a founding member of Home Affairs, an interdisciplinary art collective that initiates creative projects that engage with feminisms, labor, maternity, and the environment. Formed in 2011 it seeks to raise awareness of these issues through interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, writers, designers, and also members of our various communities.
In the past 100 years, dozens of organizations in Balboa Park have inaugurated their groundbreakings, anniversaries, and office parties through stuffing objects in containers for future publics. Yet, the most common response associated with opening these vessels is disappointment, time capsule expert Nicholas Yablon tells us. What does this dual relationship of memorializing and disappointment say about our culture? To ring in Parkeology Season II, we will explore our urge to commemorate in response to the inevitable march of time.
San Diego Art Institute is launching its own investigation of a different kind with a new series of events and an accompanying podcast that explore the conspiracy theories, cultural mythologies, mysteries, and legends that are associated with San Diego in one way or another. How do we measure belief and distinguish fact from fiction while a number of questions still hang in the balance, all with the capacity to refute what we accept as truth? How have artists contemplated conspiracy as the subject of their work?
2017 “Artist Picked Flicks” film series launches January 25th at SDAI with screening of The Holy Mountain on Wednesday, January 25th from 6pm-8pm. The screenings will take place at San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. Admission is $5.
“My two latest works – How to Survive a 100-hour Workweek, a piece of musical theater; and Sound Masses for Dark Times, an installation – each use a single potentiometer with Arduino and Max to create a programmable electronic instrument. Each pot is connected to built or foraged appendages that turn this tiny instrument into something larger, physical, and/or surreal, such as a theatrical crank. I'll perform excerpts and extrapolations of both pieces with my instruments.”
San Diego Art Institute's Gearheads series invites local artists and musicians to discuss their customized equipment and the implementation of technology in their creative process. Located at the SDAI Project Space, 141 Horton Plaza next to Victoria's Secret.
Consisting of weekly workshops, where 10 ARTS Empower students and alumni have the opportunity to be individually mentored by professional Art of Élan musicians through unique apprenticeships, the Young Artists in Harmony residency will culminate in two separate performances for the San Diego community. This concert at the San Diego Art Institute will feature world premiere works of originally composed music by all 10 students in an effort to expose new audiences to the transformative power of music written today. San Diego Art Institute will showcase their compositions alongside their concurrent Southern California/Baja Biennial.
Learn the basics of hand lettering from two extraordinary artists, San Diego Letters founder Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog. Guidelines will be set up to assist you in creating your own compositions while designing unique finished pieces to share with friends and family. Walk away with new skills that are sure to add a special touch to cards, chalkboards, and handwritten notes.
The gong bath gently immerses guests in soothing and supportive gong vibrations as Ken cultivates a relaxing atmosphere for mind, body, and spirit.
Join us for another fun evening of pinning and patching! Got a denim jacket that needs sprucing up? A beanie that could use some extra flair? Looking to add to your collection of artist made zines? BYO projects and enjoy live dj sets and drinks while customizing your gear. Peruse new embellishments being made live on site by local artists, purchase goodies from some of the most popular pin makers from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tijuana, or make your own patches and pins in one of our workshop areas. Bring your old friends and make some new ones! See you there!
“Consume” provides a playful response to the abundance of discarded materials in our culture of consumption. The work juxtaposes the handmade with the machine-made, transforming junk into an aesthetic entity. The exhibition seeks to initiate a dialogue regarding abundance, post-consumer products, and the frivolity of mass production. Select projects in “Consume” include Plarn House, a large-scale, crocheted structure completely covered in used plastic bags. This piece provides visitors a tactile and immersive experience, reminiscent of makeshift shelters, albeit displaying a resourcefulness and playful ingenuity. Additionally, Charge invites viewers to create their own credit card and collaborate in completing the installation while enabling them to play the role of consumer. In Consumed, visitors will be able to walk through a hanging installation of black, plastic bottles.
San Diego-based artist Cat Chiu Phillips used a variety of sewing and weaving techniques, including the use of plarn (yarn made from discarded plastic bags) to crochet large, abstract patterns to draw attention to the pollution created by plastic. Join Cat in this series of free, hands-on artmaking workshops, culminating in a community exhibition and installation at Westfield Horton Plaza.
Open Show San Diego provides a forum for our local community of visual storytellers to share their projects. Several times a year San Diego-based photographers, filmmakers, and multimedia producers gather for an evening of live presentations and lively conversations. Five curated presenters have 10-15 minutes each to introduce one project/body of work. We welcome diverse topics ranging from documentary to fine art. Open Show is designed to be an interactive forum where audience members are encouraged to give feedback and ask questions of the presenters, both formally and in a social setting.
San Diego Art Institute hosts Al Ridenour, author of “The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil”
The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) is pleased to invite Al Ridenour, author of The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil for a lecture and slideshow. The event will take place on Thursday, December 15 from 6pm-8pm at San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park. The event is $10 or free to SDAI Members.
For the past four decades, San Diego Art Institute has been hosting a biennial featuring juried and invitational work by artists living and working between Los Angeles and Tijuana. This international exhibition—juried by Anthony Graham, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego—features work in a range of mediums including photography, installation, painting, video, and sculpture. The night of the opening, five cash prizes will be awarded, including the $1,000 Juror’s Choice award. Additionally, SDAI will award the 7th Annual “Community Impact” award to Anthony LoBue, aka “Tony the Vet”. This award is given to an individual in honor of their generosity of spirit, dedication, and support of the visual arts while in pursuit of their own artistic excellence. Also opening on December 10th is an installation in SDAI’s stairwell, designed by Sosolimited, a San Diego-based art and technology studio that specializes in interactive environments and data-driven design.
San Diego Art Institute is pleased to present “CLOTHING STORE”, a solo project by San Diego-based artist Melissa Beck. The opening reception will take place at SDAI Project Space, 141 Horton Plaza on Thursday, December 1 from 6pm-8pm. The exhibition will run until January 1, 2017.