By Mic Porte
Thursday, January 17, 2013 is the last “free evening”, (free third Thursdays evening 5-7pm) of the current art exposition, Behold, America!, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, and the place to get yourself a miracle.
Artist Paul Kos , in 1989, created a multi-media, inter-active installation artwork to surprise and delight folks of all ages. Called “Guadalupe Bell,” his intention is to create that “aha!” moment, “witnessing the miracle” of the appearance of St. Guadalupe to the native Mexican people in
1573 1531, to assuage the pain of the Spanish invasion. It is always a joyful miracle when you laugh in delight, as I did, visiting the expo recently with my two nieces. Under the watchful eye of the museum “angels”, some of the nicest museum guards you will ever meet, go ahead and ring that bell, and get your miracle moment.
Having survived the end of the world last year, and a couple of weeks of earnest, if unachievable new years’ resolutions, you might now find yourself in need of some enlightenment, and the Museum of Contempo Art in La Jolla is the place to go. Witness your own miracle until this expo closes February 2, the $10 admission fee is a small price to pay for a miracle, and it is always free for under 25 years of age thanks to the generous support of Qualcomm.
Excellent curating, the San Diego art museums’ collections are revisited with an eye to invite viewers, new and old, to marvel at that thing we call ART. It’s okay to laugh at art, it’s okay to question art, it’s even okay to sneer at art… any and all reaction is what the artist wants from you, the viewer. I loved the “Aluminum Horses” by San Diego native artist and sculpture, Deborah Butterfield, beautiful and poignant, one of America’s leading artist women.
For only $45, you can become a member and call the Museums of Contemporary Art in both La Jolla and downtown San Diego, (by the train station) home for a year. Enjoy.