MOPA Staff Blogs
Art has a way of overlapping ideas, much like life itself. Photography is no exception and has the peculiar habit of showing us familiar things we may have seen through another photographers lens. It is a curious phenomenon that photo historians have written about, eloquently, for decades.
February is Museum Month in San Diego and there's never been a better time to visit MOPA. Pick up your FREE Macy's Museum Month pass at any participating Macy's location in San Diego, Temecula or Imperial Valley area and receive half off admission to 40 museums around the county, including MOPA.
Not only do you get a great deal, but it's also a great chance to see two new exhibitions opening this month:
Since the mid-nineties, social science researchers have been forming a definition of authentic learning experiences (Newmann and Wehlage, 1993). Most definitions include concepts such as higher order thinking, meaningful engagement between the student and the material to be learned, and connectedness of the classroom work to a world beyond. In an era of standards and assessment, the search for this type of experience in a public school setting gets more and more challenging.
After almost a decade here at MOPA, I am sadly writing my final blog post as a MOPA staff. MOPA has been my home for almost a decade and when I started in 2002 as the Director of Education and then transitioned to Deputy Director a few years later, I had no idea that MOPA would grow and develop into such an exciting and innovative organization over the years. As we like to say internally, “MOPA is a laboratory for new ideas.” And I have certainly been given the privilege and opportunities to experiment with new ideas over the years.
Now that so many of us have our phones constantly in our hands, ready to snap every moment of life and share it with our online social communities, it’s about time we knew which were the essentials tools to have with us on our daily photo shoots. These include both photo-taking and editing apps that enhance and play with images to make your hourly online updates more innovative and shareable.
MOPA has always been an institution that showcases photographers who push the limits of the art form. Whether it's through the subjects they photograph, the message of their images, or their treatment of the medium, we look to inspire our visitors by showing them something unexpected and meaningful. This Februray, we will be opening Unusual Suspects: Paintings and Photographs by Holly Roberts , an exhibition that will expose our audience to a different take on photography.
I'm a serial planner--I can't help myself. Planning is usually just as much, if not more fun, than doing for me. I enjoy planning a vacation just as much as going on one. I come from a long line of planners and over-preparers. But somehow this year, after completing about 90% of my holiday shopping in October and November. I still have about 10% remaining, which includes gifts for some of the people closest to me.
Every third Sunday of the month the MOPA Store hosts a fun event called Crafty Sunday. Crafty Sunday is held from 12:00 – 3:00 pm in the MOPA Store where creative, photography inspired crafts are created each month! The crafts are perfect for your kids or the whole family. View our current exhibits while your children have a great time crafting something fantastic!
After spending the last month as an intern at MOPA I have had the chance to explore the current exhibition Infinite Balance in depth. The show is full of astounding, thought-provoking works that reveal the increasingly prevalent effect we have on our surrounding environment. However, each time I pass through the exhibition my favorite photograph remains the same, Eden 2 by Susan Derges.
As a film-lover my entire life, I have always had fond memories of marking the holidays with festive classic films like “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. In my childhood, these movies kicked off the excitement that Christmas day would soon bring. I recently became a mother and so memories like these are ones that I would like to share and experience with my little one. This Saturday, December 10th, MOPA gives your family the chance to start a new holiday tradition by watching a holiday movie with a twist.