April 08, 2005

Students & local artists collaborate with the Museum of Modern Art San Diego and unveil banner project

By Geneva Gamez

An exciting aspect of MCASD’s new initiative to collaborate with downtown schools was made visible on the construction fence that guards the Museum’s expansion project on Kettner Boulevard, yesterday afternoon.

Inspired by the history of downtown San Diego, popular imagery and Chicano Park, students from Monarch and Harborside Schools, with the help of local artists Perry Vasquez and Mario Torero, have created a series of murals that now goes along the front of the museum’s new space.

The student artists began by visiting several important sites in San Diego to gain a better understanding of the city’s rich history. They also met with some of San Diego’s foremost citizens like Union Tribune sports writer Nick Canepa and Chicano Park muralist Mario Torero.

Artist, Perry Vasquez also took part in the project by working closely with Education Curator, Monica Garza, and meeting with the students a few times in order to guide them during the creation of the mural banners through workshops. In addition, he helped out with his own creation of Fotoaktion, a mix of photography, props, and a little bit of action. Over three hundred photos taken during Fotoak-tion were unveiled at the reception as part of the longstanding banners. For the most part the banners consist of painted murals with themes related to the history of San Diego.

“This project is the first collaboration of its kind between the Museum and the local schools,” said Vazquez. “I am pleased because the support from the Director [of MCASD] became very enthusiastic once he saw the results of what we were doing.”

The participating schools were also very pleased with the results and look forward to working on similar projects in conjunction with the museum in the future.

“The result is a wonderful collaborative effort that MCASD is proud to have grace the front of its newest museum space,” said the MCASD Public Relations officer, Bryan Spevak.

If you missed the reception yesterday, stop by and breathe in the newer generations of artists’ work.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is located at 1001 Kettner Blvd., downtown San Diego. It is open everyday 11 am – 5 pm, except Wednesdays.

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