press release

Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla

Featuring over four decades of work made by artists from Los Angeles to the Mexican border, Southern Exposure draws from MCASD's permanent collection to showcase the diversity and aesthetic innovation of contemporary art making in the region. Certain subjects and artistic techniques developed specifically in response to a Southern California location, including: the light and space movement, urban/suburban themes, interest in border, beach and car culture, as well as counterculture movements. While some of this art is politically motivated, some is concerned primarily with formal considerations.

Highlights from the exhibition include works by John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin, Chris Burden, Alexis Smith, Eleanor Antin, Ruben Ortiz Torres, and Daniel J. Martinez, among others. Younger generations of Los Angeles-based artists whose studio practice has been impacted by these influential artists will be shown, while San Diego's local artist community will be well represented.

Southern Exposure is made possible by the Cochrane Exhibition Fund. The Gallery Guide is supported by Maryanne and Irwin Pfister. Support for related public programs comes from the estate of Edith Barton. Additional support comes from contributors to MCASD's Annual Fund and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.