The San Diego Museum of Art Welcomes Two Big Exhibitions in April

Two big exhibitions are coming to The San Diego Museum of Art this April, including the Museum’s highly-anticipated Art Alive floral exhibition and Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold, the first solo museum exhibition for the noted contemporary artist.

Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold

April 27, 2018 -September 3, 2018

Lorenz is a New York-based artist celebrated for her sophisticated technique and luminous art. She uses materials such as mother-of-pearl inlay, lacquer, and gold leaf in painterly gestures to create outstanding works of art. Having trained in the conservation of Japanese decorative arts, Lorenz continues to employ traditional lacquering and gilding techniques as points of departure in her studio practice.

The exhibition will feature more than 85 works ranging in scale and materials, including large folding screens and sculptures, paintings, lacquer boxes, sketchbooks and more. Unique to this exhibition, Lorenz also created several new pieces in dialogue with Japanese works from the Museum’s permanent collection. This is the first time these works of art will be on view.

Nancy Lorenz‘s work has been executed in significant commissions around the world, including The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Soho Grand Hotel, Chanel stores in Paris, Hong Kong, Ginza, Dubai and many more. Her exhibition at The San Diego Museum of Art is her first solo museum exhibition.


The Return Of Art Alive

April 26–April 29, 2018
Floral Interpretations of Famous Works of Art

Art Alive is the Museum’s signature fundraiser that brings in floral designers to create interpretations of more than 100 works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. These designers use floral and natural elements to create stunning takes on the Museum’s paintings, sculpture and contemporary art with fresh flowers (and scent!) filling the Museum for four days of celebrations, festivals and workshops.

This year, the Museum’s central Rotunda will be transformed into a blaze of color, bright blossoms, and lush foliage in honor of Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold.

Art Alive has grown significantly over the years. Last year it welcomed more than 12,000 attendees and set a new record for funds raised.

This year, Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz, the wife-and-husband team behind Waterlily Pond Studio in San Francisco, have been selected as the Rotunda Designers. The duo will transform the Museum’s famed Rotunda into a blaze of color, bright blossoms, and lush foliage. Lisitsa and Schultz are known for their larger-than-life floral installations, architectural design style and innovative use of materials – so expect a stunning display!

In addition to viewing the annual floral exhibition during Museum hours, Art Alive 2018 offers four full days of events, activities and celebrations, including: Art Alive 2018 Premiere Dinner Thursday, April 26, 2017. An intimate black-tie event, the Premiere Dinner is set within the Museum’s galleries and is available exclusively to Honorary Committee Premiere Patrons.

In addition, the BLOOM BASH Opening Celebration is the official Art Alive kickoff party. The celebration will feature custom art installations by HYBYCOZO artists, Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu from San Francisco, who create geometric and iridescent light installations; and Taylor Dean Harrison, the Los Angeles-based artist who creates mixed media sculptures. Works by both HYBYCOZO and Taylor Dean Harrison have been showcased at Burning Man and other arts festivals around the world.

BLOOM BASH also features culinary creations from San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs, floral-infused cocktails, Modern Times beer and coffee, live music and dancing, interactive entertainment and an exclusive after-hours viewing of this year’s floral exhibition.

We’re so lucky to have such an amazing museum committed to bringing a rich and diverse cultural experience to our city!

See you there!

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