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

John Steinbeck   Grapes of Wrath

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

La Jolla Canyons: Place, Diversity, Connections

June 9 – September 2, 2018

The canyons of La Jolla are the microcosm of San Diego historic, ecologic, and social factors. This exhibit examines issues of geography, geology, wildlife habitation, plant habitation, watershed, fire, and social history as interrelated aspects of the canyons within the context of the urban environment. This context presents the opportunity to assess the natural environment’s role in social paradigms, consider the natural landscape’s influence on urban planning and public policy, and understand how daily acts like driving and water use are related to this unique environment. By exploring the relationship of canyons to the urban environment, this project aspires to stimulate public dialogue about these important features of the landscape.

 Curated by Susan Krzywicki

Major funding for this exhibition provided by Sandy and Dave Erickson with additional support from Judith Haxo and from Margie and John H. Warner, Jr.  Institutional support provided by the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts & Culture and by the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society.


San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies

September 22, 2018 - January 20, 2019

This exhibition takes as it inspiration British architectural historian Reyner Banham’s treatise Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, a tribute to LA as a “mobile city." San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies similarly pays homage to San Diego as a city of change and possibility, with a focus on the car as the current and predominant means to access and experience four of its own ecologies: Beaches, Freeways, Sub/urban and Border.  Four Ecologies is organized around these terrains, providing a gateway to engender dialogue about how we navigate and engage each environment. Works in various media—including drawing, painting, photography, installation, and video—will illuminate San Diego’s evolving narrative about the relationship between the automobile, architecture, and the environment.  Participating artists include: Doug Aitken, Abe King, Cy Kukenbacker, Robert Minervini, Margaret Noble, Jens Ochlich, Rene Peralta, Hector Perez, Iana Quesnell, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Dustin Shuler, Paul Turounet, UCSD Design Lab/Colleen Emmenegger, Gareth Walsh, and Michael Webb.

Curated by Rebecca Webb

Funding for this exhibition generously provided by IS Architecture, Island Architects, ArtWorks San Diego, Weston Anson, Laura Ducharme Conboy and Garth Conboy, John and Diane Kane, Eric and Judith Lasley, and Donna Medrea. Institutional support provided by the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts & Culture and by the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society.

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