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Beyond the Age of Reason Zone at San Diego Art Institute

October 6 & 7 from 2-3 pm in the lower gallery

Visit this event with your Maker Faire San Diego ticket or your SDAI admission.


Artists and Curators Debby and Larry Kline will provide a guided tour of Beyond the Age of Reason. With over 50 artworks and 20 artists, this show explores how faith meshes with contemporary life, the role of ritual and symbolism, and the metamorphosis of traditional symbols as they become immersed in popular culture. Using materials and principles of design that place them firmly in the world of contemporary art, this show incorporates both traditional media and modern technologies.  

Beyond the Age of Reason is multicultural and addresses many faiths, as seen through the filter of artists who pose questions, make comparisons, find commonalities, challenge customs and encourage discussion. Throughout history, artists and their images have played an integral part in shaping religion and religious leaders have found power in pictures, often commissioning artists to create works to validate or nullify beliefs. Beyond the Age of Reason acknowledges these historical underpinnings of faith-based iconography.

 Debby and Larry Kline are collaborative artists, whose works have been featured in many solo exhibitions, including California Center for the Arts Museum, La Casa del Tunel Art Center (Tijuana), Southwestern College Art Gallery, UCSD Cross Cultural Center Gallery, Mesa College Art Gallery and Athenaeum Music and Arts Library. They were awarded the San Diego Art Prize in 2013 and were featured in an Emmy Award winning episode of Artpulse TV in 2014. In 2018, they were awarded consecutive artist’s residencies at San Diego Natural History Museum, Torrance Art Museum and UCSD School of Medicine.  

Their work is currently on view in DesEscondido/No Longer Hidden at California Center for the Arts Museum. The Klines are interested in the intersection of the arts with various disciplines and have lectured at venues as diverse as the Art and Science Forum at the Salk Institute, UserX symposium for members of Qualcomm's design team and San Diego Museum of Art’s Friday Morning Lecture Series. They consider their curatorial practice a meaningful and necessary extension of their work as artists.

Earlier Event: October 6
Later Event: October 7