A month of Halloween-themed programming in conjunction with “The Haunted Art of T. Jefferson Carey” and “The Dead Are Not Quiet: a Group Exhibition of Macabre Art”

  • San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 United States

The San Diego Art Institute is pleased to present a month-long series of Halloween-themed programming in celebration of two concurrent exhibitions: “The Haunted Art of T. Jefferson Carey” and “The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art”. Programs range from lectures, weekly video screenings and readings, SDAI’s annual “Monster Drawing Rally”, an all-ages pumpkin carving, a costume party for humans, as well as a dog costume contest judging with prizes. The opening reception will take place at the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park on Saturday, October 1 from 6pm-8pm. The exhibition will run until Sunday, November 6, 2016.

“The Haunted Art of T. Jefferson Carey” showcases thirty years of Carey’s work in the most theatrical, dramatic, and comprehensive way, exhibiting many of the qualities of a haunted house, including a black light installation created expressly for the exhibition. The term “haunted art” derives from work created especially for a commercial haunted house—it is generally executed quickly, with a certain roughness, and depicts horrible creatures, in strange and bizarre situations. It evokes a powerful emotion, be it happy, sad, or terrified. T. Jefferson Carey has produced plays throughout the United States and London, as well as several animated films, which will be screened at SDAI during the course of the exhibition. He has done art design, scenic design, performance art, and has taught acting and playwriting. He holds a BFA from New York University and an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.

“The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art” features work by artists living and working in the Southern California/Baja Norte region selected through an open call. The judge for the work was Scott Mitchell Putesky, an artist and musician best known for his work as the guitarist and co-founder of the musical group Marilyn Manson. Artists in “The Dead Are Not Quiet” will be announced by September 10, 2016; the exhibition will run concurrently with “The Haunted Art of T. Jefferson Carey”.


Additional Programs Include:

Wednesday, October 5, 6pm-8pm - “Sex Ghost Lecture” with Dr. Paul Koudounaris
History is replete with erotic hauntings, and tales continue to the present day. In a special lecture and slideshow, Dr. Koudounaris will discuss the cultural boundaries that separate the living from the dead, with a special emphasis on the way that border is broached via sexualized ghost stories.

Thursday, October 6, 6pm-8pm – Film Screening, The Wicker Man
The first installment in a month-long weekly film screening and cocktail series on Thursdays, SDAI is pleased to present the unedited version of the classic film The Wicker Man. Please join as we screen the sexual exploits and bizarre pagan rituals in all its glory. Accompanied by a themed apple cider beverage.

Wednesday, October 12, 6pm-8pm – Screening of The Dead Comic and Readings from “Wolfbane” and “Maniac Lake” by T. Jefferson Carey
Artist T. Jefferson Carey will be on site to screen his short, animated film “The Dead Comic” and read from his renowned play “Wolfbane” as well as his classic thriller “Maniac Lake

Thursday, October 13, 6pm-8pm – Film Screening, The Lair of the White WormBased on the Bram Stoker novel, this cult film follows the discovery of a large skull belonging to a mythical beast and the bizarre events that ensue. Accompanied by a themed White Russian.

Friday, October 14, 7pm-11pm – SDAI’s Third Annual MONSTER DRAWING RALLYJoin SDAI as we present our third annual Monster Drawing Rally. Watch as more than 100 artists create work on-site that is immediately displayed and sold, all for $60. This fun and raucous event is one not to be missed. Event includes DJs and Bar.

Sunday, October 16, 12pm-3pm – Family Pumpkin Carving DayBring the whole family down to SDAI for a fun afternoon of pumpkin carving. You can bring your own pumpkins or purchase one on-site. All materials will be provided.

Thursday, October 20, 6pm-8pm – Film Screening, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Following a detour to Sally & Franklin’s family’s old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, the survivors do everything they can to escape. Accompanied by a themed Bloody Mary.

Thursday, October 27, 6pm-8pm - Luscious Noise presents A Macabre Soirée - $10
For this evening, SDAI will screen an abridged version of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu featuring a live score compiled by Jory Herman that will make your skin crawl, performed by musicians of the San Diego Symphony under the direction of John Stubbs. In addition, there will be a spooky performance of Michael Daugherty's Viola Zombie as well as other tricks and treats. Accompanied by a themed Zombie cocktail.

Friday, October 28, 7pm-11pm – Dead Man’s Party, SDAI’s Halloween Costume Ball - $10
Join SDAI for a spooky and fun Halloween Costume Party, featuring the best horror and monster themed dance music. Prizes will be given out for the best costumes in a variety of categories!

Saturday, October 29, 4pm-6pm – “Build-a-Beast” at San Diego Downtown Library, FREE SDAI and Stay Strange present “Build-a-Beast”, a children’s art-making event at the San Diego Downtown Library. Join artist Martin Ontiveros and make your own custom cardboard monster on-site or take home to make as a family!

Sunday, October 30, 2pm-5pm – Dog Costume Contest, $10
Halloween is not just for humans! Enter your dog in SDAI’s inaugural Halloween dog costume contest, judged by Tess Faulk from Peticures, Seth Combs from CityBeat, and Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director of San Diego Art Institute. Prizes will be given in different categories. For more information on how to enter your pooch, please contact director@sandiego-art.org. Spots are first-come, first-served and are limited.


All programs are $5 and hosted on-site in Balboa Park unless otherwise noted.