Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego – Downtown Galleries MCA Downtown

1001 Kettner Blvd. at Broadway (across from the Santa Fe Depot)

San Diego. CA 92101 Tel: (619) 234-1001

Internet Address: Admission: free.

Membership: Y ADA Compliant: Y Parking: underground parking at America Plaza.

Open: Thursday to Tuesday, llam-5pm.

Fac ilities: Exhibition Area; Shop.

Activities: Gallery Talks: Temporary Exhibitions.

Apart of the Helmut Jahn-designed America Plaza, MCA Downtown is an anchor of the cities cultural arts scene. The museum showcases MCAs internationally recognized permanent collection and a full schedule of contemporary exhibitions, educational programming and special event, The Museums principal location is in La Jolla, California (see separate listing). A special 3-day pass for admission to both locations is available for S4.00.

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego – Downtown Galleries MCA Downtown Photo Gallery

Mingei International Museum

1439 El Prado, Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101 Tel: (619) 239-0003 Fax: (619) 239-0605

Internet Address:

Director: Martha WT. Longenecker

Admission: fee: adult-$5.00, child-$2.00, student-$2.00.

Attendance: 105,000 Established: 1974 Membership: Y ADA Compliant: Y Parking: free lots in park.

Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm.

Closed: National Holidays.

Facilities: Food Services Restaurant; Library (2,000 volumes); Shop Collector’s Gallery. Activities: Gallery Talks; Guided Tours (reserve in advance); Lecture Series; Temporary Exhibitions; Traveling Exhibitions.

Publications: exhibition catalogues; videos.

The Museum offers changing exhibitions focusing on traditional and contemporary folk art, craft and design in a wide range of media from all cultures. Folk art manifests a direct simplicity and reflects a joy in making, by hand, useful objects that are satisfying to the human spirit. (The word “Mingei” was coined in the early 20th by a Japanese scholar from the Japanese for “all people” and “art”. It conveys the sense of the innate beauty of objects that are integrally related to life and are born of a state of mind not attached to a conscious aesthetic.) Exterior view of front entrance, Mingei International Museum of Folk Art. Photograph by Robert Reap, courtesy of Mingei International Museum of Folk Art, San Diego, California.

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