Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Step into a funhouse of art-mirrors with today’s Groupon to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (up to a $115 value). Choose between two options:
- For $30, you get a single person E-membership and two guest passes (a $65 value).
- For $55, you get a family membership and four guest passes (a $115 value).
- Yearlong admission to the museum’s two locations
- Free access to Thursday Night Thing (TNT) events
- 10% discount at the MCASD X Store and the Museum Cafe
- Subscription to MCASD’s monthly e-newsletter
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) showcases site-specific installations, including permanent works by vanguard artists Jenny Holzer and Richard Serra, and the La Jolla location’s exhibition spaces feature an internationally acclaimed collection of modern masterpieces (currently exhibited is a vibrant Kim MacConnel career retrospective). Like time signatures in a prog-rock song, the museum’s exhibitions are constantly changing, so the view is never stale. TNT evenings are organized quarterly around the exhibitions. The San Diego Union-Tribune called these art mixers with live performances, music, and art-making activities “the hip place to be.”
Current individual e-members can extend membership for one year with purchase of this Groupon, but only new family memberships may be activated.
The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times featured past MCASD exhibitions, and Frommer’s raves about the downtown and La Jolla locations. Yelpers give the La Jolla location a 4.5-star average rating and the downtown location a 3.5-star average. More than 8,600 Facebookers are fans. > * Focusing on work produced since 1950, this museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and thought-provoking exhibitions. MCASD’s holdings include more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and multimedia and installation pieces, with a strong showing by California artists. – Frommer’s, La Jolla location > * 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., La Jolla location, Yelp
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.