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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La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival To Honor James Franco

The 6th annual La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival returns to La Jolla July 24-25, setting the stage for Fashion Week San Diego in the fall. The festival exclusively celebrates fashion films and, in just a few years, has become a cornerstone for fashion film. This year’s festival will bring talented filmmakers from all across the globe to La Jolla, including James Franco who will receive this year’s Innovators Award via Skype. The event has been dubbed La Jolla’s very own “Cannes of the Fashion Film World” – and with good reason!

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Celebrate Art at MCASD’s TNT…For FREE!

Nothing says a good time like a chance to cut lines and sip on a complimentary cocktail at an artsy, fun-filled event, and no one understands that better than MCASD. Take advantage of these perks on Thursday, July 16, by joining the museum as a member for $5 a month, and receive VIP treatment at the museum’s signature TNT event!

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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

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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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego / La Jolla

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has two branches – one in downtown San Diego, located on Kettner Boulevard and one here in La Jolla on Prospect Street. The downtown branch occupies the former Santa Fe Depot baggage building. The La Jolla branch overlooks the ocean where philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps built a house designed by architect Irving Gill in 1916. She lived there until her death in 1932. Since then, her original house has been renovated twice, first in the 1950s when it became an art museum and then again in the mid-90s when it received a new façade.

Between this façade and the floor-to-ceiling ocean views in back, MCASD La Jolla now houses and exhibits one of the finest collections of contemporary art anywhere. The museum’s collection includes more than 4,000 works created after 1950 from a variety of media: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation. MCASD is known for collecting works by promising emerging artists, mid-career artists, and by major figures in international contemporary art, including the cross-border collaboration of the San Diego/Tijuana region.

The Edwards Sculpture Garden is also included at MCASD La Jolla, a gift shop as well as the Museum Café. The gift store includes a large selection of books for adults and children on contemporary art, photography and culture in San Diego. Also offered are many other items, such as prints, clothing, jewelry, stationery, children’s games and toys and decorative house wares. You can order museum gift items online and have them shipped throughout the United States. A percentage of the gift store proceeds benefits MCASD.

Popular with visitors and locals alike, The Museum Café is located on a patio in front of the museum and is a first-rate restaurant in its own right. The café serves breakfast and lunch daily. Inspired by the European cuisine and bistros, the Museum Café offers dishes made from the freshest organic ingredients grown by local farmers.

MCASD La Jolla hosts a wide variety of special events, if you are interested in classes, educational tours and special exhibits. Check out its website for its calendar of events or pick up a brochure the next time you are visiting the museum. There are field tours to lectures and films. You can also reserve the museum for your own special events, such as fundraisers, private parties and weddings.

The museum is open daily except on Wednesday. The gift store, the sculpture garden and the café are open every day. Admission is half price for seniors and students. Admission is free to MCASD for everyone on the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information on La Jolla art scene, trust our La Jolla directory which offers insider tips for the best restaurants, events, shopping, art galleries and more!

Where to Find The Best Views in La Jolla

San Diego is home to over 70 miles of pristine coastline, offering vacationers stunning views from most locations in the city.  However, the small resort-like community of La Jolla has a prime location along the shore with 10 small beaches of its own.  When staying at one of the premier La Jolla hotels, vacationers have easy access to unbeatable views from several unique places.

  1. Mount Soledad – At a height of 822-feet, Mount Soledad is a prominent landmark in San Diego.  Residents and visitors alike enjoy an incredible 360 degree view of the Pacific, La Jolla, the north coast and Mexico.  Mount Soledad is also a popular cycling destination, offering vacationers an outdoor experience unlike any other.
  2. Museum of Contemporary Art – In addition to the many art galleries in La Jolla, vacationers can enjoy the Museum of Contemporary Art.  From the museum, visitors can view more than 3,000 works of art, as well as the natural beauty of the surrounding area.  A favorite spot at the museum is the meditation garden, a peaceful relaxation point offering an unobstructed view of the ocean.
  3. Torrey Pines Golf Course – Torrey Pines Golf Course sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, providing golfers with a picturesque golf experience.  The location is also a great spot to watch hang gliders and paragliders soar above the cliffs.
  4. La Valencia – One of the premier hotels in La Jolla, La Valencia’s Ocean View Terrace offers a spectacular setting for casual dining.  With intimate tables and stunning sunsets, the Ocean View Terrace at La Valencia is perfect for a romantic dinner or special occasion.
  5. Windansea Beach – Windansea is a community of La Jolla that offers one of the most scenic beaches in Southern California.  Most visitors describe the panoramic view as nothing short of spectacular.  Windansea is also known for its incredible surf breaks, making it a popular destination for local and visiting surfers.

Use our online directory to find out more information about local hotels, restaurants and shopping, and make your La Jolla vacation one to remember.