MOPA Presents 30X: Three Decades
From a MOPA Press Release:
On view through October 13, 2013, 30x: Three Decades gathers 30 important images from MOPA’s permanent collection, each representing a significant year in the Museum’s history.
In 2013, MOPA celebrates 30 years as a museum in Balboa Park dedicated to exhibiting photography, film and video. Prior to MOPA’s founding in 1983, it existed as the “Center for Photographic Arts,” a nonprofit organization created in 1973 that exhibited and promoted photography as an art form. Since its founding, MOPA has presented dynamic world-class photography exhibitions in San Diego and built a world class photography collection. 30x: Three Decadeshighlights one acquisition from each of MOPA’s 30 years, showcasing a selection of influential figures in the history of photography, including works by Alexander Rodchenko, Loretta Lux, Thomas Struth, Lee Friedlander, Robert Adams, Marian Drew and other prominent photographers.
“Curating this exhibition for our 30th anniversary was a truly inspiring experience. It offered the opportunity to dive into the collection and hand pick some of the incredible works we’ve acquired over the last three decades,” said Chantel Paul, assistant curator, MOPA. “In 30x, we have highlighted one choice acquisition from each of MOPA’s thirty years to represent the breadth and growth of the collection. From William Henry Fox Talbot to Nicholas Nixon, Ruth Bernhard to Richard Misrach, the images in the exhibition show a range of approaches and emotion.”
One items of particular interest in this exhibition is a work by Robert Adams, Southwest from the South Jetty, Clatsop County, Oregon.This meditative series of images depicts the power and beauty of the Pacific Ocean, shot in 1991. While this series is generally reproduced as a series of five images, MOPA owns a rarely seen version of the series comprised of six images created before the artist completed the final edit. Adams’ straightforward images of the sea are compelling and hypnotic, and represent an infrequently exhibited body of work.
As an institution, MOPA’s photography collection focuses on images that examine the rich history of photography, including both technical and artistic innovations since its inception in 1839. The photography collection includes images from the earliest 19th century practitioners to contemporary 21st century works. Learn more about MOPA’s photography collection at http://www.mopa.org/collection.
MOPA Presents 30X: Three Decades
February 2 – October 13, 2013
Museum of Photographic Arts
649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Marian Drew, Lorikeet with Green Cloth, 2006, Collection of the Museum of Photographic Arts; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Collectors’ Salon and Photo Forum, 2012.007.001, © Marian Drew
Robert ParkeHarrison, Departure, 1997, Collection of the Museum of Photographic Arts; Museum purchase with partial funds provided by the Help-MOPA-Buy-This-Print Fund, 1998.007.001, © Robert ParkeHarrison
Lou Stoumen, Sunrise-43rd St. at Broadway, Times Square, 1940, Collection of the Museum of Photographic Arts; Bequest of the Lou Stoumen Estate, 1992.001.104, © Lou Stoumen Archive / Museum of Photographic Arts