Museum of Photographic Arts presents 30X: Three Decades


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 StruthLee 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

The facts:
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