Modern art musing makes you more aesthetically adroit than the mightiest monocle. This Groupon gets you a year-long e-membership to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (a $45 value). Membership includes year-long admission for one person to the museum's two locations as well as free access to TNT (Thursday Night Thing) events.
This e-membership includes a 10% discount at the MCASD X Store and the Museum Café. You also receive a subscription to MCASD's monthly e-newsletter. This is a new membership that MCASD isn't offering to the public until next year, and if you get this Groupon now, you also get two single-visit guest passes (a $20 value), two drink tickets to use at TNT events (a $10 value), and a branded tote bag (a $10 value) to hold your guest passes, your drink tickets, and your hand-drawn recreations of the museum’s art.
MCASD is the region's leading forum for contemporary art. The museum's downtown Joan and Irwin Jacobs Building (formerly the Santa Fe Depot baggage building) displays site-specific installations, including permanent works, by vanguard artists Jenny Holzer and Richard Serra, while the La Jolla location's exhibition spaces features an internationally acclaimed collection of modern masterpieces (currently exhibited are works by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell). The museum's exhibitions are constantly changing, so the view is never stale. TNT evenings are organized quarterly around the exhibitions (the most recent TNT evening was based on MCASD's Tara Donovan exhibition of accumulated materials). The San Diego Union-Tribune called these art mixers with live performances, music, and art-making activities "the hip place to be."
If you've avoided going to the art museum because of that time art stole your lunch money in third grade, let the MCASD right that wrong. This Groupon is perfect for art patrons on a fixed art-appreciation budget. People take planes, trains, automobiles, and Sea-Doos from all over the world to see MCASD, so grab a couple art-curious, culture-hungry, special-exhibition-adoring friends, and take advantage of the most fabulous culture San Diego has to offer.
Current members can extend membership for one year with purchase of this Groupon.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reviewed the Tara Donovan show and the accompanying TNT event:
- "I feel as if I'm starting over every single time I make a piece," she said by phone from her home just outside Manhattan. And in a way, she's right. She'll make one enormous work out of plastic straws; another from Styrofoam cups; still another using plastic sheeting... A nationally touring exhibition, "Tara Donovan," the first museum-style survey of her work, opens next Sunday. It will fill the Jacobs Building, which is beautifully suited to her work, with its high walls and expansive rooms. – Robert L. Pincus, San Diego Union-Tribune
- The mix of multi-activity, audience participation and live music made the monthly event the hip place to be. – Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune
Yelpers give MCASD a 4.5-star rating:
- What's not to love about this place? Since I discovered this beautiful museum a few years ago I have been back at least 10 times! It's one of the better museums I have been to in a while. – Jim D.
- I love this place so much, I'm going to marry it. – susie g.
- I'm not going to lie, I always thought of contemporary art as being really "weird." I still kind of do, but after going to this museum I feel like I have a better appreciation of this style of art. – Jackie C.
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.