The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

1100 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, California 92101-3306

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With two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the region’s foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time, presenting works across all media created since 1950. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego and in the coastal community of La Jolla, MCASD provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community, showcasing an internationally recognized collection and a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and public programs. At MCASD Downtown, experience contemporary art in a historic setting - the Ja...Read More
cobs Building, formerly the Santa Fe Depot baggage building - and view site-specific installation by artist Richard Serra. At MCASD La Jolla, take in the fabulous ocean view from the Edwards Garden Gallery, enjoy lunch at the Museum Cafe, or peruse a selection of contemporary books and innovative design objects at the Museum's X Store.Read Less

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    The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego reimagines art auction as digital event

    Ed Ruscha, True Proof, 2018. Dry pigment and colored pencil on paper, 7 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist. SAN DIEGO, CA.-The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego had plans to host its biennial Art Auction 2020 at the Jacobs Building at MCASD Downtown in May, but as with most arts events across the nation, those plans have changed. The highly anticipated fundraiser will now be reimagined as a robust digital event featuring a silent and live auction, digital catalog, live conversations with curators and a virtual tour of the works. The two week digital event will begin on Thursday, October 1 with a silent auction and will run through the end of the Live Auction on Thursday, October 15. The Live portion of the auction will take place digitally on Wednesday, October 14th at 6 PM and will be led by Sotheby’s Auctioneer Gary Metzner, Head of Office, Chicago. Collectors and art lovers from around the world will be able access the auctions from their phone, tablet or desktop computer. A helpful “How to Bid Tutorial” has even been developed to assist with online bidding. “As with most all of our programming, we’ve found ways to creatively pivot in order to continue engaging with the community through art,” explained Kathryn Kanjo, MCASD’s David C. Copley Director and CEO. “We have had great feedback on our recently launched accessible digital platform – MCASD: Digital and we see incorporating our fundraising into this dynamic site as a natural progression of that effort.” This year’s auction will offer a range of works, from painting and sculpture to photography and works on paper, all donated from artists and galleries both locally and internationally. The auction, hosted on, will feature approximately 100 works by early career and internationally recognized artists, including Leonardo Drew, June Edmonds, Luchita Hurtado, Jean Lowe, Kim MacConnel, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Trevor Paglen, Helen Pashgian, Ed Ruscha, Marnie Weber, and James Welling. An array of tools and programs are being developed to help the audience familiarize themselves with the works that include;  A digital catalog (printed, mailed…