Now that Summer is dwindling and the seasons are changing (maybe not for us…), museums and their exhibits will change too. September is the month to see great art, toys, harps and more before they leave us for good, and maybe see a couple new exhibits opening too! Here are 17 exhibits to see in September in San Diego:
Viva el Mariachi Femenil!, Women’s Museum of California. Learn about the history of women mariachis and women groups with this exhibit. Opens September 6th.
A VALYA Retrospective, Visions Art Museum. See the career work of the fiber artist, VALYA. Felting opens at the same time! Opens September 6th.
MENAGERIE, Mingei International Museum. This exhibit includes great art incorporating animals from many different periods and cultures. Closes September 8th.
Matthew Cusick, Lux Art Institute. So excited about this exhibit: Cusick creates pictures by using thread from interesting sources like textbooks and maps. Opens September 8th.
Arnold Newman: Masterclass, San Diego Museum of Art. If you love black and white photography, you must go before it closes this weekend.
TRASH, The New Children’s Museum. If you want to see different artists using trash in new ways, visit this exhibit before it closes on the 9th.
16th Annual Galaxy of Glass, Fallbrook Art Center. See glass sculptures, vessels, jewelry and more. And buy some of the pieces too! Opens September 8th.
Landscapes Rediscovered, San Diego History Center. You know you love San Dieo’s beautiful landscape. Admire it in art by famous San Diego artists of the Depression era. Closes September 10th.
Beyond the Book II and First Impressions, University of San Diego. USD’s art galleries are pretty amazing. Come see why with two exhibits that showcase their print collection in different ways. Opens September 12th.
Looking for Things: Jay Johnson, Oceanside Museum of Art. Johnson is an eclectic artist who works with reclaimed pieces in interesting ways. Closes September 15th. While you’re there, Volcanos and Full Moons closes this month too.
A Sweet Life, San Diego History Center. Learn about San Diego’s history in the candy business…sweet! Opens September 6th.
Did you know there are over 40 historical societies in San Diego? And we didn’t even include the countless number of societies preserving the history of museums, buildings, ethnic groups, military groups, women’s groups and more! In the spirit of San Diego’s amazing past, here are 10 historical societies of San Diego to know and enjoy:
San Diego History Center. This is a great organization (and museum!) that preserves, promotes and protects the great history of San Diego. It was started in 1928 as the San Diego Historical Society by San Diego lover George W. Marston (who was one of early San Diego’s VIP citizens).
Coronado Historical Association. Coronado is the coolest and this Association really does prove it with everything they do. They’ve been going strong since 1969.
Save Our Heritage Organisation. SOHO is a biggie of SD. If you want to pay your respects to an organization that preserves some of San Diego’s best buildings (like the Whaley House, Marston House and more), SOHO is your idol.
San Diego Archaeological Society. The archaeology of San Diego is taken care of by this Society. They specialize in preserving and sharing artifacts throughout the San Diego region.
La Jolla Historical Society. This Society puts on a lot of events, exhibits and fundraisers. Their museum is going through a major renovation but there are still a lot of ways to learn and get involved.
The Dog Days of Summer have begun! Spend the last precious month of Summer exploring all San Diego has to offer. In terms of exhibits, there are many cool activities for the picking. Here are the 17 exhibits to see in San Diego in August:
On the Fly: Technology Takes Off, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. See unmanned aerial vehicles fly and create your own aircraft at this interactive exhibit on flight technology. This exhibit just opened.
Faces of Japan, Japanese Friendship Garden. We are so excited to see this exhibit with photos of everyday scenes in Japan. Just opened on August 1st.
22nd Annual Juried Exhibition, La Jolla Athenaeum. See the winners of one of the most prestigious juried shows in San Diego. Opens August 3rd and closes August 31st.
Ecclectic Eyes, Spanish Village Art Center. See fine art photography at this free show in the Village’s Gallery 21. Opens August 14th and closes August 26th.
125 Years of the Hotel Del, Coronado Library. Maybe it’s because we love libraries and we love Coronado’s specifically, but there’s something so great about a public space that appreciates art and history. This is one cool show of San Diego history.
Struck By Modernism, Mingei International Museum. Cool sculptures and other pieces by a blacksmith artist await you at this exhibit. It includes gates, chandeliers and free-standing sculpture. Opens August 24th.
Intersections: Charles Arnoldi, Oceanside Museum of Art. See one of the most significant abstract artists of the last century before the exhibit closes on August 25th.
Earthly Elements, Fallbrook Art Center. This exhibit features pieces made with earth/natural materials. See fiber arts, ceramics, wood art, gourds and more. Closes August 25th.
Second Time Around: Fashion Recycled, Visions Art Museum. Explore designer pieces created from recycled materials with this exhibit. Two other exhibits close at the end of the month as well: Supporting Roles and Fashion Tops and Bottoms.
‘Dare to Reuse’ Student Art Exhibition, The New Children’s Museum. See the student winners of the ‘Dare to Reuse’ art contest. Closes August 26th.
Landscapes Rediscovered, San Diego History Center. This exhibit displays beautiful landscapes by San Diego artists. Closes September 10th.
Summer is in full swing and so are the exhibits in San Diego. With some exhibits opening, some exhibits closing and some major exhibits you just gotta see, you will have your work cut out for you this month! Here are 17 exhibits to see in San Diego in July:
Tony Delap: Selections from 50 Years, Oceanside Museum of Art. See an exhibit highlighting many different medias from the minimalist’s great career. Opened at the end of June.
Arnold Newman: Masterclass, The San Diego Museum of Art. See over 200 works by one of the best portrait photographers of the 20th century. Opened at the end of June.
Proyecto 5, Centro Cultural de la Raza. See Mexican artists with an eye toward the global vision of contemporary Mexican art. Opened at the end of June.
PhotoArts Group Presents “America”, Spanish Village Art Center. Photos highlighting American landscape, culture and more await you here. Opens July 3rd and only goes until July 15th.
Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age, San Diego Natural History Museum. See fossils, mummified mammals and more in this great new exhibit. Opens July 4th.
ElasmoBeach, Birch Aquarium. See sharks, rays and other close to shore creatures at this new exhibit. Opens July 4th.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not, San Diego Air and Space Museum. Huge exhibit with strange animals, people and things. This exhibit hasn’t been to San Diego since 1935!
In and Around Mission Trails, Mission Trails Visitor Center. Featuring two artists with paintings of scenes around the Park! Started at the end of June and closes on July 26th.
Melissa Miller, Lux Art Institute. Miller explores the relationships between humans and animals in her beautiful work. Closes July 27th.
Make Your Own Kind of Music, Mingei International Museum. Learn about the art of making musical instruments (and hear some of them while you’re there!). Closes July 28th.
Handcrafted Journeys: Japanese American Woodworkers in San Diego, Japanese Friendship Garden. Visit to see how Japanese American woodworking has evolved over the years. Closes July 28th.
TRASH, The New Children’s Museum. If you have kids, and especially if you’re eco-friendly, visit this exhibit. TRASH involves 12 different artists showcasing art made from trash to give visitors a new perspective on everything trash involves.
Marston House. Go for a house and garden tour. Open Thursday-Monday. Summer is the best time to go to this amazing example of old San Diego!
Summer is just about here (wasn’t it just January?). Starting now, the City’s alive with great weather, kids out of school and inspiring art exhibits. Some exhibits are opening, some exhibits are closing this month. One thing is for sure: You better start taking advantage of them in June! Here’s 17 great exhibits to see in June in San Diego:
Great Balls of Fire, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. If you want to learn more about comets, meteors and asteroids, including how likely it is for one of them to hit the earth and cause massive damage, go see this exhibit. Be sure to go before it closes on the 11th.
Approximately Infinite Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: La Jolla. Science fiction and art collide with this exhibit. See art inspired by such topics as space travel, utopian futures, other worlds and other beings. Opens June 8th.
Duncan Gleason: California’s Maritime Art Master, Maritime Museum of San Diego. This exhibit features 40 paintings by Joe Duncan Gleason who was a renaissance man best know for his maritime and harbor scenes. Opened at the end of May.
Second Time Around: Fashion Recycled, Visions Art Museum. June 7th brings two new exhibits to the Museum: Second Time Around along with Supporting Roles: Photographs and Fiber from Ann Scott.
Wonder Women: On Paper and Off, Women’s Museum of California. Great exhibit showing the history of women in comics. Sure to be a hoot! Starting June 7th.
Intersections: Charles Arnoldi, Oceanside Museum of Art. Come to this exhibit to see some of Arnoldi’s constructions and sculptures, the very pieces that started him on the road to become one of the most significant contemporary abstract artists of our time. Opens June 8th.
San Diego County Fair! The Fair opens June 8th and runs through July 4th. Be sure to check out the great art exhibits the Fair features while you’re there. See fine art, photography, youth art, gems and minerals, the featured Game On! exhibit (this year’s Fair theme is games) and way more.
The Magic of Windansea, California Surf Museum. Learn about the history of the famous Windansea Surf Club from our very own town of La Jolla. Opens June 8th.
Allied Craftsmen Today, Mingei International Museum. See the current work of the amazing San Diego craftsmen group, Allied Craftsmen, with this exhibit. Opens June 15th.
Life Force Without Limit, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. This exhibit features the calligraphy of Tom Chow, a master calligrapher who’s work is influenced by his Chinese heritage along with his Californian life of the present. Opens June 15th.
Hamilton Press Lithographs, La Jolla Athenaeum. See the lithographs from many artists of the famous Hamilton Press. Closes June 15th along with the 11th Annual SDSU Art Council Recipients exhibit.
Lilia Gracia Castro, Centro Cultural de la Raza. See this Mexican-American’s solo exhibition giving a contemporary view of pre-Hispanic art. Closes June 16th.
Celebrating the Horse: In Art, Culture, Sport, and Everyday Life, Fallbrook Art Center. Go to the Center on June 16th to learn about the horse in all aspects of society.
Origins of Life, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. This exhibit replicates famous experiments that simulated early Earth’s atmosphere in order to try to create life. Closes June 23rd.
access/ABILITY, San Diego Museum of Man. Visit this exhibit to gain understanding for people living with disabilities. Full of hands-on activities and real life examples. Make sure to see it before it closes on June 30th.
The Blue Star Program is great for Military families. It was started in the Summer of 2010 thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts (among others who make it possible). The program allows active duty Military personnel and their families to go to museums across the country for free from Memorial Day (May 27th) to Labor Day (September 2nd). This Summer will be no different.
Remember to bring your Military ID!
Here is a list of museums in San Diego County participating in the program: