MCASD to Host Annual Fundraiser “Monte Carlo: Glamping”

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The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) exciting annual Monte Carlo fundraiser will be making a splash September 12 with a unique new theme, Monte Carlo: Glamping at the museum’s La Jolla location. “Glamping,” the term used to describe glamorous camping, is fitting for the event’s 39th year. The gala will take advantage of La Jolla’s beautiful end of summer weather, and will feature a cocktail party, silent auction, and dinner in line with the event’s outdoorsy theme while guests enjoy a sweeping view of the gorgeous ocean below. With a variety of unique aspects to this party, the night promises to be full of glamour, delicious food, and good company.
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Balboa Park Free Summer Events are Here!

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Summer is the perfect season for getting out and going places. Even though sunshine is free, everything else can get expensive fast. Keep your costs low (and the kids busy) with these Balboa Park free summer events for all ages! Create some special memories this summer with your friends, partner, or kids…and don’t forget the sunscreen! Continue reading

3 Free Ways to Celebrate International Museum Day

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On Monday, May 18, museums all over the world will be celebrating International Museum Day. The theme of the day: free. Continue reading

New Exhibit at the La Jolla Historical Society, What Was Is, Opens Feb 14

la jolla historical societyWhat Was Is is the La Jolla Historical Society’s newest and highly anticipated exhibition; opening February 14, this groundbreaking project explores some of La Jolla’s oldest demolished buildings and imagines what could have been. Continue reading

Scripps on Prospect: Evolution Of Villa and Cottage

The La Jolla Historical Society and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego are collaborating on an exhibition that pays homage to their roots. Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage that takes us through the evolution of both sites and explains why they continue to play such an important role in the community.

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Jo Mora’s Iconic Maps at the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla

For lovers of geography and history, a hidden jewel in our community is the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla. Located on Fay, it holds a collection of antique collectable maps and atlases. The main goal of the museum is to educate and the docents are passionate about the history surrounding the collections.

The current exhibit is “The Cartes of Jacinto ‘Jo’ Mora.” Jo Mora (1876-1947) was Uruguayan-born and led an extremely interesting life. He grew up in America and led his life as a cartoonist, artist and cowboy. He lived with the Hopi, a Native American tribe, and wrote mainly about his life in California. He was known as the “Renaissance Man of the West” because he also dabbled in sculpting, painting, history, photography, murals and writing.419 low rez

His exhibit will be showcased until December 1, 2013. The exhibit has 13 cartes, the French word for his pictorgraphic maps, and a poster. Five of these maps are permanently on show in the museum. Some of the maps are extremely rare and for those that are familiar with his work, the exhibit includes the “butcher paper” version of the Los Angeles map and the 1st edition, 1st printing of the “Evolution of the Cowboy.”

The exhibit also shows two sculptures on loan from the Jo Mora Trust including the famous western-themed “Twister.”Jo_Mora_-_Scratching_A_Twister

The museum is open Wednesdays and Thursdays and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 11 AM to 4 PM. If you have a party of 6 or more, make an appointment by calling (855) 653-6277. The best part about visiting the museum is admission is completely free!

Will you be seeing the Jo Mora exhibit at the museum? Do you wish to hear more about the exhibits at the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla? Tell us below in a comment.

TNT: Chromatic @ MCASD

This July 11th the MCASD Downtown will hold its signature event TNT: Chromatic (Thursday Night Thing), showcasing an array of its permanent art collection, as well as new work.  A portion of the permanent collection will be on display, from floor to ceiling, which will mark the most artwork the museum has ever had on display at one time.

Some of the new work includes a sculpture by artist Liza Lou, entitled “Color Field.”  Lou’s piece was a collaborative effort, assembled in San Diego by everyday people, using beads made in Japan.

To coincide with its chromatic theme, an interactive sculpture will allow visitors to build their own LED stickies, place them on a 10×10 foot sheet of metal, and collectively create a color field.

Live music, drinks and food will also be available for purchase.  For information and tickets visit the event page on the MCASD website.

A Special Thanks to Education Intern Eva DeLeon for showing us around the museum.

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La Jolla Events | Weekend May 16-19, 2013

THURSDAY
Extended School Partnership (ESP) Program Showcase: Bishop’s School
Through the Museum’s ESP program, Spanish class students from Bishop’s School focused on works of art featured in the exhibition Lifelike and composed writings in response to the works on view. Join these students in the galleries as they read selections of their writings. May 16, 2013 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Great Gatsby Night @Manhattan of La Jolla
Travel back to the 1920’s flapper-era with dinner, cocktails, wine and music. Come dressed as your favorite Gatsby character. Prizes for best costume. Live music by:Tad Sister playing in the “speakeasy” lounge. May 16, 2013 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Murals of La Jolla Tour
Take a curated walking tour of the Murals of La Jolla hosted by The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. This is a FREE event. May 16, 2013 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SATURDAY
15th annual Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla
Enjoy an exclusive invitation to stroll behind the garden gates of some of La Jolla’s loveliest, secluded gardens. May 18, 2013 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Art Museum Day MCASD
MCASD is one of hundreds of art museums across the country offering free admission as part of Art Museum Day. Also enjoy free exhibition tours at 2 PM, as well as a special gift when you become a Member. Click the link above to see participating MCASD Museums. May 18, 2013 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

SUNDAY
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La Jolla Open Aire Market
Every Sunday, the upper playground at La Jolla Elementary is transformed into a colorful, friendly and wholesome Farmer’s Market. May 19, 2013 9:00 am – 1:00 pm