photo by Steve Oliver
Three San Diego art institutions are participating in the SoCal-wide art event, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, with exhibits celebrating San Diego’s contributions to L.A.’s post-modern art scene.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Both MCASD locations feature installations in the exhibit, Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface. Each work of 1960s and 1970s art combines natural and artificial light with industrial materials to create environments that help us look at ourselves and our surroundings in unique ways. Through January 22; mcasd.org
Mingei International Museum. Proving there’s no kitsch in arts and crafts, San Diego’s Craft Revolution: From Post-War Modern to California Design explores how San Diego-based artists, including Rhoda Lopez and Encinitas couple Toza and Ruth Radakovich, left their mark on the post-modern California Design era. Furniture, doors, ceramics, and jewelry from the artists will be featured. October 16 to April 15, 2012; mingei.org
Loft 9 Gallery. Most people today can list two details about a surfboard’s underbelly: its smoothness and the fins attached to its back end. Hydrodynamica: Remember the Future shows how Windansea surfer Bob Simmons helped shape these expectations. Boards from fellow San Diegans Carl Ekstrom, Steve Lis, and Nick and Bear Mirandon are also displayed. October to December; loft9gallery.wordpress.com