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Contemporary art exhibit comes to Escondido from Strauss Family Foundation



Who says that modern art doesn’t attract cowards! A healthy sized audience showed up to see some modern art at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. See story, this page.

Who says that modern art doesn’t attract cowards! A healthy sized audience showed up to see some modern art at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. See story, this page.

As a part of the 20th anniversary of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, the center is welcoming the return of contemporary art with two extraordinary exhibitions presented concurrently.

In CCAE’s Gallery Two, Contemporary Constructions: Matthew & Iris Strauss Family Foundation highlights contemporary artists from around the world in a diverse and thought-provoking collection. Committed to making their collection available to museums, universities and public art institutions around the world, the Matthew & Iris Strauss Family Foundation collection consists of “hot off the press” new works by Elliott Hundley, Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick, Fred Wilson, Nelson Leirner and more!

View art from the perspective of a collector who wants to “look at art differently.” Including multinational contemporary artwork from the 1970s to the present, this gallery overflows with large-scale artwork that constructs visual stories and de-constructs societal norms.

The “Shared Histories” portion of the exhibit takes viewers on a journey through the recent ebb and flow of society in the United States. For example, in the works by artists Jose Bedia and Raul Guerrero, they use maps, lines and figures to draw the viewer into the histories. In Bedia’s Los Aliados (the Allies) the artist as narrator jumps between narrative storylines and delves into how Caribbean cultures and religion converge.

Artists in the exhibition: Chema Alvergonzales, José Bedia, Mel Chin, Inka Essenhigh, Ralph Fleck Cosima von Bonin, Raúl Guerrero, Elliott Hundley, Jörg Immendorff, Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick, Nelson Leirner, Jean Lowe, Markus Lupertz, Fabian Marcaccio,

Faris McReynolds, Sarah Morris, Asma Shikoh, Doug & Mike Starn, Fred Wilson, Sam

Matthew Strauss of the Strauss Family Foundation introduces the works of art from his family’s collection.

Matthew Strauss of the Strauss Family Foundation introduces the works of art from his family’s collection.

Taylor Wood and Yin Xiuzhen.

In the Studio: Artist Dialogs

In the CCAE’s Gallery One, go “behind the scenes” in the art world with In the Studio: Artist Dialogs! The exhibit offers an in-depth look into the life of studio artist assistants, how they collaborated with some of the 20th century’s most influential artists and the brilliance behind their very own masterpieces.

Explore the studio life of these artists as they share stories about the artistic process and the dynamic relationships between artist, assistant and artwork.

Artists in the exhibition: Raúl Guerrero in the studio with Ed Kienholz and Sam Francis Shane Guffogg in the studio with Ed Ruscha Lyn Horton in the studio with Sol LeWitt and Douglas Heubler Peter Phillips in the studio with Eleanor Antin Roy David Rogers in the studio with Eleanor Antin and Francoise Gilot

Additional information about these two exhibitions can be found in the Contemporary Constructions catalog and InTheStudio catalog. www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/museum-month/

In honor of Museum Month, the Center Museum will offer half-priced admissions to anyone who has picked up a Museum Month Pass at a participating San Diego Macy’s store during the month of February.

Attend this Event

During exhibitions, the Museum hours are as follows:

• Thu – Sat: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Sun: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m

• Mon – Wed: Closed

Regular admission is $8. Senior (60+), military, and student discounts are $5. Center Members and children 12 and under are FREE!

Pre-Ordered Museum admissions are redeemable for any single date of the exhibition. Please print your order confirmation and bring it to the museum to redeem for admission.


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