Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego (ICA San Diego) launches C you Saturday!

Beginning this March, on the third Saturday of every month, a brand-new event series will bring together cutting-edge contemporary art exhibitions, performances, family-friendly activities, artist conversations, music, and more to celebrate contemporary art with the San Diego County creative community.

SAN DIEGO, CA — (January 23rd, 2023) Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego (ICA San Diego) is thrilled to announce C You Saturday! starting March 18th from 4pm to 8pm. C You Saturday! is a monthly celebration where our community can gather and grow; chill out or be challenged. They provide a space for enjoyment, exchange, and open dialogue. There is something for everyone—family friendly activities, artist conversations, and of course music and refreshments.

ICA San Diego is an organization that seeks to bring together contemporary art, education, and community by presenting exhibitions and programs for everyone. “We are thrilled to bring art to the community through our ongoing C You Saturday! events. This is an incredible way to bring creative thinking and activities for the whole family together through fun and innovative programs,” says Andrew Utt, Executive Director.

On March 18th, C you Saturday! also celebrates Art Night Encinitas, conceived by the Commission for the Arts to bring focus to the civic art spaces and thriving visual art scene in Encinitas. In addition, ICA San Diego is excited to be working with Art of Elan on a season of programming that is based on ICA’s Artist-in-Residence program. Each Artist-in-Residence will work closely with Art of Elan to develop experiences that are motivated by themes in the artists’ work. More information is coming soon.

ICA San Diego is currently working on the programming for C You Saturday! which will include music and art-making workshops, entertainment ranging from performances to artist talks, and gallery tours. All galleries and exhibitions will be open for viewing, and drinks and light bites will be available for purchase.

Spring 2023 Programming Highlights:

In 2023, ICA San Diego continues to explore the concept of consumption through its Limitless Growth, Limited World Exhibition Season. With six exhibitions across two locations and three buildings, artists explore consumption as an act, practice, reflex, and ideology. Exhibiting artists expand our understanding of consumption beyond the fulfillment of one’s wants and needs to consider how complex networks of creation, destruction, and exchange can both sustain and inhibit human culture. ICA San Diego will showcase groundbreaking works and new projects made specifically for ICA San Diego by acclaimed local, national, and international artists.

ICA San Diego / North

Regional Artist, Narsiso Martínez, Rethinking Essential
March 4, 2023 - June 4, 2023

Narsiso Martinez, Rethinking Essential, opens March 4, 2023 at ICA San Diego / North. Martínez (b. 1977, Oaxaca, lives and works in Tijuana) creates drawings, paintings, and multi-media installations that celebrate the vital and often invisible labor performed by farmworkers in the United States. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), and the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego (ICA San Diego). This presentation has been made possible through the generous support of the California Arts Council, Buttgenbach Foundation, and Charlie James Gallery. More information and press release here.

Artist-in-Residence, Edra Soto, Graft
March 4, 2023 - August 6, 2023 - In residence March 4 - 19 and April 29 - May 21.

For her exhibition, Graft at ICA San Diego, artist Edra Soto (b. 1971, Puerto Rico; lives and works in Chicago, IL) continues to create the site-specific installations that have defined this project since 2012. Using a range of materials from aluminum and PVC, to concrete and wood, Soto generates a sculptural language to express her experience navigating the Puerto Rican diaspora. At ICA San Diego, Soto will reconfigure a series of works, altering colors, surface textures, and the photographic components to create a new installation. Prompted by ICA San Diego’s season-long investigation of consumption in all forms, Soto’s San Diego presentation considers her Grafts as alternative cultural symbols for Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican identity both on the island and in the tourist trade. More information and press release here.

ICA San Diego / Central

The De La Torre Brothers, Post-Columbian Futurism
March 18 – August 20, 2023

In Post-Columbian Futurism, one of their largest and most ambitious projects to date and their first individual exhibition in San Diego, brothers Jamex and Einar De La Torre (b. 1960 & 1963, Guadalajara; live and work in San Diego/Baja California) transform ICA San Diego’s Central campus into the site of an epic battle for the future of humankind. Through a fusion of Mexican, American, and Indigenous cultural iconographies, the De La Torre brothers engage with our seasonal theme, Limitless Growth, Limited World, by relaying a cautionary tale about the dangers of overconsumption in all its forms. Post-Columbian Futurism includes newly commissioned work, and will fill over 6,000 square feet of exhibition space. More information and press release here.

About the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego
ICA San Diego is a platform for experimental art and learning with a mission to question everything. Founded in 2021, yet built on over 100 years of combined experience, our programming is cutting edge yet accessible; daring and thoughtful; challenging and inviting. Our exhibitions, installations, commissions, classes, and workshops reflect ICA San Diego’s commitment to engage the issues of the moment and provide a space for the community to come together and consider the world in which we live. ICA San Diego welcomes everyone to gather, learn, question, and experience the new. ICA San Diego is always free and open to the public. ICA San Diego / Central is located at 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park, and ICA San Diego / North is located at 1550 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas.

Christine Martinez, 858-663-7887
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