The San Diego Museum Of Art Opening Two Special Exhibitions Next Month

There are two special exhibitions opening at The San Diego Museum of Art next month! One show puts a spotlight on the African American community in Southern California during the second half of the 20th century, and the other show highlights the female artists who helped found the Abstract Expressionism movement.

The San Diego Museum Of Art Opening Two Special Exhibitions Next Month

Black Life: Images of Resistance and Resilience in Southern California

August 24 2019 to December 1 2019

Photographers Harry Adams (1918–1988), Charles Williams (1908–1986), and Guy Crowder (1940–2011) were prominent members of the African American community in Southern California. Spanning 50 years, their compelling images document the political events as well as the daily life of this community during the second half of the 20th century.

The San Diego Museum Of Art Opening Two Special Exhibitions Next Month

Adams, Crowder, and Williams worked primarily as freelancers for such publications as the Los Angeles Sentinel, California Eagle, Los Angeles Times, and the LA Metropolitan Gazette. Working during one of the most critical periods in the United States for the advancement of African American civil rights, their subjects were the newsmakers of the day—politicians, activists, entertainers, and athletes—as well as everyday life in churches, garages, cocktail lounges, and schools.

The San Diego Museum Of Art Opening Two Special Exhibitions Next Month

Their body of work reflects candid images of a community whose lives were rarely reflected in the wider media, as well as prominent figures such as Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, Malcolm X, and others at key moments in their lives.

This exhibition will be on view free to the public in the Museum’s Fleming Sr. Gallery (Gallery 14/15), located off the sculpture court adjacent to Panama 66.

The San Diego Museum Of Art Opening Two Special Exhibitions Next Month

Abstract Revolution

August 31 2019 to February 23 2020

Abstract Expressionism often brings to mind the work of artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko, whose reputations have reached heroic heights.

The significance of the contributions made to Abstract Expressionism by Pollock and his male contemporaries should not be underestimated, but nor should the contributions of the many female artists who not only helped to found the movement but who continued to define abstraction for many decades.

The San Diego Museum Of Art Opening Two Special Exhibitions Next Month

Drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection of works on paper, the work of pivotal artists, including Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler and Deborah Remington, as well as the work of contemporary artist Mary Heilmann, a leading figure in abstract American art, are brought together to demonstrate that the masculine lens through which abstraction has been previously understood must be removed.

See you there!