Blessed Be: A Night of Occult Performances
Mar
24
7:00 pm19:00

Blessed Be: A Night of Occult Performances

  • San Diego Art Institute

This event will feature new performances by Amanda Yates Garcia (The Oracle of Los Angeles), Molly Jo Shea, and Vabianna Santos, exploring themes as diverse as internet scams and hypnotism, goddesses of civilization, and the sacred and profane. Also throughout the evening, audience members will have the opportunity to have their tarot cards read by Zac Monday, as well as participate in a stone cleansing lead by Samantha Jean Wilson. The night will culminate with a musical performance by Blood Ponies.

Potluck Mythodologies
Mar
25
6:00 pm18:00

Potluck Mythodologies

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

Potluck Mythodologies taking place at SDAI Project Space in in Horton Plaza will be the third and final installment of events happening in conjunction with 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 of events has hopefully provided a glimpse into the multi-faceted nature of their bodies of work, and expand upon ideas and themes explored in this project. Potluck Mythodologies will feature an assortment of food art created and shared by artists from San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles including Mexican Sushi by Cacahuates Japoneses, Cryopops by Elyse Reardon-Jung, Artisanal Bread by Lena Wolek, and an edible churros installation by elsoldelrac.  Also included in the evening's program will be a “potluck” of dozens of smallish wall works by the artists in the main exhibition and a number of surprise guest artists.

Poetry & Art
Mar
25
6:30 pm18:30

Poetry & Art

  • San Diego Art Institute

On Saturday, March 25, Poetry & Art Series 2017 presents artist and performer Perry Vasquez and San Diego poet Sunny Rey.  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 Spring Break Art Camp
Mar
27
Mar 31

SDAI Spring Break Art Camp

  • North Park Recreation Center

What better way to spend Spring Break than by making art?

San Diego Art Institute is excited to announce our first Spring Break Art Camp. We’ll dive into a number of mediums including printmaking, painting, drawing, and sculpture. Learn about contemporary artists, their processes, and how to best communicate your ideas through visual art.

Spend each day working on a project you’re sure to love, make new friends, and have some fun.

Noé Olivas: “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”
Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

Noé Olivas: “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

Olivas explores childhood memories, gender roles, and contemporary gender stereotyping through this project, “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”. The completed work will manifest itself in the form of a quinceañera dress installation made from atypical materials. The process and materials tap into Olivas’ desires to inform himself on the history and tradition of the quinceañera process, how it speaks to the ongoing progression or regression of gender roles, and the myth of machismo. 

Olivas explores childhood memories, gender roles, and contemporary gender stereotyping through this project, “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”. The completed work will manifest itself in the form of a quinceañera dress installation made from atypical materials. The process and materials tap into Olivas’ desires to inform himself on the history and tradition of the quinceañera process, how it speaks to the ongoing progression or regression of gender roles, and the myth of machismo. 

Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media
Apr
1
May 15

Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media

  • San Diego Art Institute

The group exhibition “Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media” highlights artists of all media working in the liminal spaces not easily defined by traditional collage or assemblage work. The artists in “Diverge/Convene” have all developed and share an understanding of contemporary collage as a medium and a genre, employing disparate elements through the use of materials and/or content. This exhibition celebrates artists both locally and nationally that are not only working in traditional 2D/3D mediums, but also in sound sculpture, video, photography, installation, and alternative processes. The exhibition is organized by Ginger Shulick Porcella, Exeuctive Director of SDAI, and Kate McNamara, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions for the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.

Gearheads: Ashley Capachione
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Gearheads: Ashley Capachione

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

Ashley will discuss her practice and process using electronics, the history of sound and technology used in seance, and perform a piece inspired by San Diego's enchanted seance house, The Villa Montezuma.

Tara de la Garza: Collage Workshop
Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

Tara de la Garza: Collage Workshop

  • San Diego Art Institute

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.

Allie Manch: Embroidery Workshops
Apr
22
May 13

Allie Manch: Embroidery Workshops

  • San Diego Art Institute

Please join SDAI artist-in-residence Allie Manch for a series of embroidery workshops open to all ages at SDAI in Balboa Park

Life Drawing: Session 1
Apr
26
6:00 pm18:00

Life Drawing: Session 1

  • San Diego Art Institute

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. 


Six Degrees of San Diego: Cults
Mar
23
6:00 pm18:00

Six Degrees of San Diego: Cults

  • San Diego Art Institute

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.

Artist Pick Flicks: Welcome to the Dollhouse
Mar
22
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Pick Flicks: Welcome to the Dollhouse

  • San Diego Art Institute

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.

Parkeology: The Naked Truth, Free Range
Mar
18
1:00 pm13:00

Parkeology: The Naked Truth, Free Range

  • Zoro Garden

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
Mar
17
6:00 pm18:00

Performance Mythodologies

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

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.