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June 13, 2006 | Leah Ollman, Special to The Times
The San Diego Museum of Art was once a pioneer in its support of the ceramic arts. You wouldn't know it from attending shows there during the past few decades. And you wouldn't guess it flipping through the two catalogs of the collection published in the last dozen years. Neither mentions the exhibiting or collecting of ceramics in its account of the museum's evolution. Out of sight, it seems, out of mind.
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March 17, 2014 | By David Ng
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has chosen the firm of architect Annabelle Selldorf to head a multimillion-dollar expansion that is expected to triple the size of the museum's location in La Jolla.  Selldorf, based in New York, has worked for art-related clients including the Neue Galerie and the Acquavella Galleries on the Upper East Side. The San Diego museum will be the firm's first contemporary art museum project and its first project on the West Coast. A representative of the firm said it plans to have an initial concept design by early fall, with a more detailed schedule to be established at that time.
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February 1, 1996
The Museum of Photographic Arts has acquired 74 photographs documenting much of the history, mood and politics of the Soviet empire during the 1920s, '30s and '40s, museum director Arthur Ollman announced. The photographs, which will be added to the San Diego museum's permanent collection, contain "extremely rare material," he said.
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February 15, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Since 1946, the San Diego Museum of Art has owned an appealing vision of happy prosperity: Frans Hals' 1630s painting of a plump, rosy-cheeked Dutch merchant whose expression and body language exude confidence, security and bonhomie. In the early 1990s, on one of his infrequent visits to Los Angeles from Europe, Bernard Goodman asked his son, Simon, to take him to see it. Standing in front of the portrait of Isaac Abrahamsz Massa, Bernard for the first time permitted a crack in what his son calls "the brick wall of silence" that had confronted him and his older brother, Nick, all their lives.
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January 12, 2002 | Vivian LeTran
The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego has appointed a new head curator and hired two new assistant curators. Curator Toby Kamps, who has been with the museum since January 1998, will head the exhibitions programs. Stephanie Hanor, who is a doctoral candidate in art history from the University of Texas, Austin, and Rachel Teagle, who has a doctorate in art history from Stanford University, also will join the curatorial department.
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July 16, 1986 | HILLIARD HARPER, San Diego County Arts Writer
The San Diego Museum of Art has scored an artistic coup by grabbing the Oskar Schlemmer exhibition, which will appear here Sept. 6 to Oct. 12. The German painter, stage designer, sculptor and teacher at the Bauhaus art school during the 1920s, was an innovative force in the 1920s and '30s whose painting was in reaction to Expressionism.
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August 13, 2003 | Diane Haithman
Don Bacigalupi has resigned as executive director of the San Diego Museum of Art to accept a position as director of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. A successor has not been named.
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June 19, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Saying it was an "unexpected and uncollegial" move by Dennis Szakacs -- a museum director he likes and respects -- the veteran director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego has added his voice to a chorus of critics of the Orange County Museum of Art's quiet sale of 18 California Impressionist paintings to an anonymous private collector. And the chief curator of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento has joined two small Orange County museums as institutions disappointed they didn't get to bid on OCMA's cache -- and hopeful of acquiring it if the buyer decides to donate or resell them.
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March 10, 1996 | Christopher Knight, Christopher Knight is a Times art critic
If they build it, will you come? That is the unnerving question that looms large today, as the Museum of Contemporary Art here opens a $9.25-million renovation and expansion of its small seaside building in La Jolla, which has been closed for construction since 1994. Ten years ago, the museum hired the celebrated Philadelphia architectural firm of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates to create a much-needed overhaul.
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August 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Don Bacigalupi, director of the San Diego Museum of Art, has resigned to accept a similar position at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. Bacigalupi, 43, took over the San Diego museum four years ago, when the institution was struggling to strengthen its permanent collection, improve relations with other museums and recover from questioned spending practices during the 19-year tenure of his predecessor.
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January 28, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Alfredo Ramos Martínez was a few weeks shy of 58 when he packed up his studio and, with his wife and daughter, moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles in 1929. He arrived just in time for the epic collapse of the economy. Not surprisingly, the Great Depression is either subtext or frame of reference for much of the art he produced in L.A. before his death almost 17 years later. At the Pasadena Museum of California Art, "Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California" attempts to come to terms with the work he produced here.
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December 5, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Times art critic
Coming soon to an art fair near you: 3-D reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh paintings. Introductory price: $35,000 a pop (limited time only). Horror and shame: The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is authorizing this junk. Through the transom Thursday came a news release from a Hollywood public relations firm trumpeting the imminent U.S. launch of -- wait for it -- “Reliefographs,” which are claimed to capture all the textured, painterly bravura of a real Van Gogh masterpiece.
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February 26, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The first touring exhibition of Maurice Sendak's illustrations since his death at 83 last May is making its debut at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. It's called "Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons," but a more apt title might have been "Where the Wild Cards Are. " The official title alludes to the fact that this is the 50th anniversary of Sendak's landmark children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are. " Sendak designated the Rosenbach...
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February 11, 2013 | Christopher Knight
Richard Artschwager, an artist who turned his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker into a distinctive approach to making sculptures and paintings that defy easy categorization, died Saturday in Albany, N.Y., following a brief illness. He was 89. A retrospective of Artschwager's work, which travels to the UCLA Hammer Museum in June, closed Feb. 3 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan. It was the Whitney's second Artschwager retrospective and will be the third to be shown in Southern California.
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January 19, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
SAN DIEGO - In the history of American art, Charles Reiffel is probably the best early Modernist painter you've never heard of. Celebrated in his own day for Expressionist landscapes of remarkable verve and complexity, he quickly fell off the national radar screen after his death in 1942, just before turning 80. I was unaware of his work until 2008, when seven paintings turned up - and stood out - in a group show . Now, however, the artist...
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May 24, 2012 | By David Ng
Starting Monday, Memorial Day, select museums around the country will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 3. The program is a partnership between the Department of Defense, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, a nonprofit group providing support for military families. The museum program was started in 2010 and is now in its third year. To obtain free admission, visitors must present a valid piece of identification showing active duty in the military or National Guard and Reserves.
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May 30, 2009
Moving north: Derrick R. Cartwright, who has headed the San Diego Museum of Art since 2004, has been appointed director of the Seattle Art Museum.
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February 15, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Since 1946, the San Diego Museum of Art has owned an appealing vision of happy prosperity: Frans Hals' 1630s painting of a plump, rosy-cheeked Dutch merchant whose expression and body language exude confidence, security and bonhomie. In the early 1990s, on one of his infrequent visits to Los Angeles from Europe, Bernard Goodman asked his son, Simon, to take him to see it. Standing in front of the portrait of Isaac Abrahamsz Massa, Bernard for the first time permitted a crack in what his son calls "the brick wall of silence" that had confronted him and his older brother, Nick, all their lives.
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April 11, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The San Diego Museum of Natural History invites Titanic fans to mark the moments when the luxury liner hit an iceberg (11:40 p.m. April 14, 1912) and then sank (2:20 a.m. April 15, 1912). "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" will stay open from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship's deadly plunge. Visitors are encouraged to bring flowers, candles or other mementos to honor the more than 1,500 passengers and crew members who died.
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May 4, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're struggling to find the perfect Mother's Day gift, consider items that don't come  wrapped in a box. Free museum admission and free frozen yogurt can keep the fun factor up and expenses down. Deal 1: Moms will get in free with a child's paid admission Sunday at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. Adult tickets usually cost $17 per adult;  children 3 to 12 cost $11; and children 2 and younger get in free. The fine print says one free adult with a child's ticket per party, so  the deal applies to grandmas and great-grandmas too. Current exhibitions at the museum, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, include "All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals"; "Fossil Mysteries," about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures; and paintings by Sunna Bohlen at the museum's Ordover Gallery in a show called "Inspiration of the Natural World.
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