San Diego Art Exhibits to Look Out for in 2020

San Diego is a city with more than a hundred neighborhoods — and many of these neighborhoods boast thriving art scenes. In other words, it’s a city where tons of new artistic exhibitions and events will constantly be vying for your attention. Here’s a round-up of the best that will be opening in 2020.

Illumination: 21st Solutions Thought Art + Science + Technology

San Diego Art Institute will invite visitors to reconsider modern issues through an art- and design-informed lens. “Illumination: 21st Solutions Thought Art + Science + Technology” will feature innovative light installations, science displays, and more.

January 11-March 1, 2020; https://www.sandiego-art.org/new-events/2019/3/28/illumination

Art Alive at The San Diego Museum of Art

The annual Art Alive flower-themed fundraiser will return to the San Diego Museum of Art for the 39th consecutive year, bringing dazzling installations and interactive programs. You can see dozens of the museum’s works re-interpreted by accomplished floral designers, and attend the Bloom Bash extravaganza, which is known to bring restaurant vendors and a Ferris wheel.

April 23-26, 2020; https://www.sdmart.org/artalive/

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Last weekend, Art Alive 2019​ featured vivid colors and bold designs, attracting nearly 12,000 attendees! Visitors were met by the gorgeous rotunda design created by Jennifer McGarigle of @FloralArtLA. The design was made of 3,500 roses “frozen” in transparent prisms, inspired by the featured exhibition “Alfred Eisenstaedt: Life and Legacy” and the concept of images frozen in photographs. The Premiere Dinner on Thursday, April 11 transformed the exhibition gallery with 4,000 lbs of decadent chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The jaw-dropping installation remained on display for visitors to see through the weekend. Visitors may have also been surprised to see a Ferris wheel sitting outside the Museum’s front entrance for BLOOM BASH on Friday, April 12. #BloomBash, our annual high voltage kick off to #ArtAlive2019, was bigger than ever, expanding into the Plaza de Panama with 45 food stations, 14 signature drinks, 2 dance floors, entertainment lounges, and featured original art installations by @MontyMontgomery​ and @TapedMetalCanvas with @BMWSanDiego​. On Saturday, guests attending the Flower Crown Workshop presented by @Native_Poppy​ also enjoyed photo opportunities and a gourmet lunch. Throughout #ArtAlive weekend, visitors admired nearly 100 floral interpretations of works of art on display throughout the Museum. Inside the Museum Store, guests were treated to displays of fine jewelry and colorful scarves from local designers @SheriLiebertDesign​, @NormaHillDesigns​, and @byalexandrascarlett. Visitors stopping by the family-friendly Garden of Activities crafted floral souvenirs out of modeling clay. Save the date! 🌸 Art Alive 2020 blooms again April 23-26. Image credit @BaumanCommercial

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Exhibitions at Museum of Photographic Arts

There are too many fascinating exhibitions at the Museum of Photographic Arts to recommend just one, so we’re simply going to encourage you to visit the museum itself. Catch “Hidden Worlds” before it ends in mid-January, which documents subjects that can’t be seen by the naked eye, like tiny insects and human brain matter. Or, learn about how photographers capture moving images in “Illusion: The Magic of Motion.”

https://mopa.org/exhibitions/

San Diego History Center

San Diego History Center is another place where you can’t go wrong with any exhibition. The lineup of permanent exhibitions and 2020 temporary shows will focus on subjects like the San Diego Underground, the Lomaland Theosophical community, Balboa Park, local LGBTQ+ history, and more.

https://sandiegohistory.org/exhibitions/

San Diego Museum Month

For those who still can’t pick just a few art venues, San Diego Museum Month invites locals and visitors to enjoy 50% off admission at more than 40 local museums and design attractions. If you’re interested in visiting destinations such as the California Surf Museum, the Museum of Making Music, the San Diego Automotive Museum, or the Japanese Friendship Garden, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

February 1-29, 2020; https://sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/specials/museum-month/

Plan Your Trip

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