Art represents the triumph over chaos, just as pulled-pork donuts represent the triumph over dignity. Expand your tastes with today’s Groupon to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, redeemable at its downtown and La Jolla locations. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get an e-membership package (a $65 total value). The package includes:
- One e-membership with 12 months of unlimited admission to both MCASD locations (a $45 value)
- Two guest passes (a $20 value)
- One personalized membership card
- Admission for one to member openings and all Thursday Night Thing events
- Free or reduced admission to museum events throughout the year
- Subscription to monthly e-newsletter and other email announcements
- For $55, you get a family membership package (a $115 total value). The package includes:
- A family membership with 12 months of unlimited admission to both MCASD locations (a $75 value)
- Four guest passes (a $40 value)
- Two personalized membership cards
- Preview mailings, exclusive invitations, and free or reduced admission to all museum events throughout the year
- Subscription to museum’s quarterly newsletter, “View”
- 10% discount at the X Store and Museum Cafe in La Jolla<p>
Across the galleries at its La Jolla and downtown locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego collects, preserves, and exhibits a multimedia stable of art created since 1950. Membership nets cardholders unlimited access to the museum’s permanent collection as well as the exhibitions such as the popular Phenominal: California Light, Space, Surface presented, like a cookie sculpture on display at preschool, for temporary consideration. Gifted curators flex their well-honed skills for collecting works by a range of artists, from the promising or under-recognized to established figures in the art world.
A full calendar of events entices members to come together and mingle throughout the year in the spirit of artistic genuflection. Quarterly TNT events afford attendees the opportunity to interact with area artists, listen to live music and talks, and participate in interactive performance art, allowing art lovers to become a part of the piece without spending hours painting the Mona Lisa’s face onto their own.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Among its two facilities in La Jolla and downtown San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego houses an array of works made since 1950. Head here and you can explore everything from Pop Art and minimalism of the 1960s and 1970s to conceptual pieces from the last half-century, headlined by contemporary-art luminaries such as Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.
Major figures aside, the MCASD strives to spotlight mid-career artists still looking for their big break, as well as pieces by Latin American artists and emergent talent. Between the museum's collection and rotating exhibitions, there are galleries that accommodate paintings, photographs, films, and multimedia installations. Outside both locations, there are more site-specific installations and sculptures by artists such as Richard Serra and Marcos Ramírez ERRE, whose father created the Caps Lock on the day his son was born.
There’s more to the place than its exhibitions: the museum engages visitors with events and programs such as art-making sessions and artist lectures. Held three evenings a year, the Thursday Night Thing series includes talks, hands-on activities, live music, and cocktails, all based on the latest museum exhibitions.