How will we know it’s us without our past?

John Steinbeck   Grapes of Wrath

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Judith Dolan: On Broadway

September 23, 2017 – January 21, 2018

This exhibition presents the work of artist-scholar Judith Dolan, theater costume designer and Distinguished Professor of Theater and Dance at the University of California, San Diego.  Dolan’s designs have earned accolades on Broadway and off, including the 1997 Tony Award for Candide.  With a MFA in Costume Design and a PhD in Directing and Design from Stanford, her designs have been seen at numerous companies in the United States and Europe, including Dublin’s Abbey Theater, London’s Old Vic, The Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Shakespeare Theater in Washington DC, and the New York City Opera.  Her professional practice includes extensive historical research, the use of collage and storyboarding, and the creation of hand-drawn sketches and renderings.  This exhibition surveys Dolan’s creative process across nine theater productions over two decades—creative accomplishments concurrent with her rise to Distinguished Professor rank at UCSD—including The Winter’s Tale (2014 Old Globe, San Diego), A Room with a View (2011 Old Globe, San Diego), Travesties (2014 Alley Theater, Houston), Parade (1998  Broadway), MacBeth (1993 Alley Theater, Houston), Candide (1997 Broadway), LoveMusik (2007 Broadway), Paradise Found (2010 London), and Fool (2014 Alley Theater, Houston).

Major funding for this exhibition was provided by Dr. Michael A Bernstein and Ms. Patti Harp with additional support from Crystal and Jeff Anderson, Weston Anson, ArtWorks San Diego, Robert Pascale and Sara Bauer, Gail and Ralph Bryan, The David Copley Foundation, Martha and Edward Dennis, Patricia and Jack Fisher, Marcy and Jeffrey Krinsk, Margret and Nevins McBride, Wendy Nash, Colette Carson and Ivor Royston, Marilyn and Michael Yeatts.

Artistic sponsorship by Lynelle and William Lynch.

Corporate support provided by Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP.

Institutional support provided by the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts & Culture and by the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society.

Weather on Steroids: the Art of Climate Change Science

La Jolla Historical Society February 11 - May 21, 2017

San Diego Central Library Gallery June 10 - September 3, 2017

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach CA October 24, 2017 - February 28, 2018

Weather on Steroids: the Art of Climate Change Science explores the question of consequences, challenges, and opportunities that arise from the changing climate on our planet. The exhibition merges the artistic and scientific to create a visual dialogue about the vexing problem of climate change, explores how weather variability affects the day-to-day life of local communities, and investigates Southern California vulnerability to climate change. It draws on the region’s scientific expertise at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, whose La Jolla-based investigators are at the forefront of climate research, reflecting on humanity’s role in our changing environment, and envisioning new possibilities for a sustainable future. Science serves as the inspiration for the creative responses from visual artists, who merge subjective images with empirical observation to reveal how climate variations upset the planet’s balance with extreme weather impacts.  By illuminating the reality of climate change, Weather on Steroids aspires to proactively stimulate public dialogue about one of the most important issues of our time.

Participating artists include Tiersa Cosaert, Judit Hersko, Cheryl E. Leonard, Dana Montlack, Lilleane Peebles, Oscar Romo, M. Luna Rossel, Eva Struble, Paul Turounet, Ruth Wallen, and Allison Wiese. 

Contributing scientists include Michel Boudrias, Michael Dettinger, Alexander Gershunov, Kristen Guiguis, Ralph Keeling, Manfredi Manizza, Art Miller, Walter Munk, David Pierce, Richard Somerville, and Shang-Ping Xie.  

Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko with Science Consultant Alexander Gershunov.

Weather on Steroids: the Art of Climate Change Science is organized by the La Jolla Historical Society.  Major support for this exhibition provided by Climate Education Partners (CEP), which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)* and by The Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation, Donald G. Yeckel, Chairman. Additional support provided by IS Architecture, the Reuben H. Fleet Foundation, Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation, Florence Riford Fund of the San Diego Foundation, Walter and Mary Munk, Jeffrey and Joy Kirsch, and ArtWorks San Diego.  *NSF award numbers ANT-1043435 and DUE-1239797.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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In Plain Sight: Mexicano|Chicano Stories in San Diego February 10 - May 20, 2018

The history of Mexicans/Mexican Americans/Chicanos as contributors to San Diego’s rich cultural, political, and military history in the 20th century has often been hidden, overlooked, or forgotten. This exhibition brings together narratives, photographs, and documents concerning the history of Mexicano individuals and families in La Jolla, Lemon Grove, and Logan Heights/Barrio Logan, documenting their roles in building communities and their contributions to its complex and diverse civic life during the 20th century.

Focal points include the stories of the Rodríguez family and the Pottery Canyon ceramics factory, and Roberto Álvarez, the protagonist in the first successful desegregation in education case in the United States, the Lemon Grove Case. The exhibition explores Mexicano participation in San Diego’s military history during World War II, the post-war Civil Rights and Labor movements, and the development of Chicano Park and its designation on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additional dimensions of the project include—

  • commissioned works by a selected group of regional artists reflecting on the cultural and social issues raised by the narratives, including migration, identity, labor, racism, and civil rights;
  • a  student film and photography project done in collaboration with the Outside the Lens organization, whose mission is to empower youth through digital media;
  • a showing of the awarding winning documentary The Lemon Grove Incident by Paul Espinosa.

The project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support provided by Ruth Covell, Nell Waltz, and by the Florence Riford Fund of the San Diego Foundation.
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