MOPA Staff Blogs

Celebrate San Diego’s local jazz musicians and take in the “Sounds of Jazz Loft”


MOPA’s newest exhibition, The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in NYC, 1957-1965, displays Smith’s obsessive documentation of a dilapidated, five-story loft at 821 Sixth Avenue in New York City’s flower district. Capturing the nocturnal jazz scene inside the loft and the street life below, W. Eugene Smith made approximately 40,000 exposures and recorded 4,000 hours of audiotape.

4ARTS Partnership

Immerse yourself in award-winning theatre; be moved by dynamic, emotionally-charged dance; take part in a vibrant music experience.

CARE Video Projects

The CARE program is fortunate to be able to carry on a number of extra activities this year, thanks to a special grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts. One of our favorite projects as part of this grant is to produce four videos about the collections of the CARE arts partners. The purpose of the videos, which feature two students as the hosts, is to be a teaching tool in the classroom for introducing many more students and teachers to the artwork and objects we use on a regular basis through our exhibitions, performances, and other educational programs.

MOPA Store Now Carrying Sam Stephenson’s publication on The Jazz Loft Project

Written by Courtney Browne.

May 19th marks the beginning of the much anticipated exhibition, The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in NYC, 1957-1965. This exhibit consists of 163 photographs by W. Eugene Smith, a celebrated former Life magazine photographer who, in 1957, left the home of his family to move into the infamous five-story loft building in New York City that unknowingly became the centerpiece of what is thought to be his greatest body of work.


The buzz this week is the upcoming official local premier of “I Am Not A Hipster,” screening this Friday at MOPA in partnership with San Diego Film Festival and Sezio.  I Am Not A Hipster has deep roots in San Diego and was an official selection in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

"I Am Not A Hipster" was shot in San Diego by SDSU grads and focuses on the San Diego indie music scene. Writer/Director Dustin Destin Cretton short film Short Term 12 won the Jury Prize at Sundance in 2009.


The buzz this week is the official local premier of I AM NOT A HIPSTER screening this Friday at MOPA in partnership with our friends at 

Kids today…they’re all artists.

I’ve helped coordinate MOPA’s Annual Youth Exhibition for the past few years, but I also teach photography to some of the students who submit. I usually work with fourth graders (for you non-parents and non-teachers that equals 9 or 10 years old). 

IWW during WWI: Wobblies arrested in Stockton, CA

Guest post by Cairie Riney, a digitization/online access intern at the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC). For the past few months, Cairie has been working with MOPA to digitize some of the Museum’s special collections.  

FotoFest 2012 International Bienniel

Last month, I attended the third week of the FotoFest 2012 International Bienniel, now in its fourteenth year, in Houston. This has become the largest international portfolio review event in the nation. It was an honor to participate as a reviewer representing MOPA and a pretty incredible experience overall. It’s a way to see work from photographers who are creating now and to be united with colleagues, some of whom I’d met before and some I was meeting for the first time. Not a bad gig.

Preservation Week

In 2010, a number of organizations supporting libraries and archives sponsored the first Preservation Week; a week-long effort to bring attention to the many millions of cultural artifacts held in museums across the US that are in need of preservation or conservation care. This year, Preservation Week is being held April 22-28, and institutions throughout the country are highlighting their many efforts to take good care of their collections.