May 25, 2010

Seeing Beauty at Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA


Seeing Beauty

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

Through January 23, 2011


edouard_boubat The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) presents Seeing Beauty, the fifth in a series of educational exhibitions comprised of works from MoPA's permanent collection, presented in a thought-provoking, interactive and experiential setting. The exhibition explores the aesthetics of beauty, expressed through the eyes of various photographers throughout the history of the medium, including Bill Brandt, Walker Evans, Mary Ellen Mark, Edward Weston, Minor White, and Aaron Siskind.


Photo : Edouard Boubat, 1948, gelatine silver print. Collection of Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.



Seeing Beauty presents a range of genres in photography, such as portraiture, abstraction, landscape, and still life. The photographs in the exhibition examine the elements of art and design, composition and framing, as well as subject matter. In examining these elements in the context of aesthetic beauty, the exhibition poses the question of how our personal interpretation and notions of what constitutes beauty affect our experience of looking at art. The exhibition is meant to engage viewers to challenge, redefine, or confirm their understanding of what beauty is, and what factors contribute to their aesthetic evaluation.


Seeing Beauty
January 30, 2010 - January 23, 2011

Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Also on view at MoPA:

In Light
Selections from the Permanent Collection
January 30, 2010 - January 23, 2011

This exhibition demonstrate the “photography’s ability to reveal the unseen and the unseeable”.

State of Mind
A California Invitational
February 6 - June 6, 2010

With photographs by Susan Anderson, Uta Barth, Stephen Berkman, Brian Forrest, Corina Gamma, Jim Goldberg, Ken Gonzales-Day, Todd Hido, Soo Kim, Mona Kuhn, Claudia Kunin, Michael Light, Chris McCaw, Brad Moore, Han Nguyen, Ken Ohara, Trevor Paglen, Nigel Poor, Susan Rankaitis, Liza Ryan, Catherine Wagner, & James Welling. All were nominated by forty photography professionals within the state of California (curators, writers, gallery owners, publishers, academics, and Deborah Klochko, Executive Director of the MoPA) as California photographers who were producing innovative work. A kind of “Best Of” Californian photographers… and we know that there are many great photographers in California.


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