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MOPA Staff Blogs

Just Returned from the MCN Annual Conference

I spent last week in Atlanta at the Annual Conference of the Museum Computer Network. The conference brought together a community of museum professionals interested in using technology to improve their organizations and enhance the visitor experience.

What's Coming Up - MOPA's Spring Exhibition

If you’ve been to MOPA recently, you’ve seen our current exhibition, Infinite Balance: Artists and the Environment. It’s stunning and it was extremely fun and inspiring to work on.

An Evening with Chris Jordan

Between Honolulu and Tokyo, lie the Midway Islands. They are the home to almost 70% of the world’s albatross population. Every day, parent albatrosses forage the Pacific Ocean seeking food to feed their young. Vibrant plastics and garbage are regularly mistaken for food and as a result, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses die from trash consumption.  

Italian Culture on Our Screen with the San Diego Italian Film Festival

MOPA has always been a premiere Southern California locale to interact with photography’s past and present, but you may forget that the Museum is also a wonderful venue to experience diverse and rarely screened films from around the world. A huge opportunity to see cinema at its finest just kicked off this past weekend with the San Diego Italian Film Festival and we want to remind you to come to MOPA and see the moving pictures we have on display.

A Spooky Image for Your Halloween

"Eerie" is a word that well describes this photograph entitled Duntroon Castle, Argyllshire, Scotland. The artist is Simon Marsden, a photographer who lives and works in England.

On this Halloween, I want to share with you one of the nearly 7,000 photographs in the collection of the Museum of Photographic Arts. In this case a pretty spooky image of a real castle in Western Scotland.

Spook-tacular Fun in Balboa Park

The third annual Halloween Family Day takes place tomorrow (Saturday, October 29) in Balboa Park! Stop by MOPA for some photography and fun, preferably in costume and experience Halloween in the Park.

The Bread Book

Out of the 20,000 books held in the Dubois Library, there are more than a few treasures; books that illustrate and document early photographic processes and subjects, or were created by seminal photographers who have left their indelible mark on our visual history. These books are incredible to see and touch and hold. They provide true connection to a medium and a past that is quickly changing and evolving.

Thank You!

Thanks to all who came out to support MOPA's Photo Auction 2011 earlier this month. The event was a huge success for the Museum and almost all of the gorgeous art (generously donated by galleries, artists and collectors) found a new home. I would like to offer a special thanks to Andrea Fiucyznski, president of Christie's Los Angeles, who presided over our auction, as well as our brilliant designer, Terri Mitchell, of PR1ZE.

How Small the World Is

I’d like to share one of my favorite photographs with you. First, follow this link to see it. Take a good look; let your eyes and mind wander over it. Then meet me back here.

A Closer Look at Infinite Balance: Artists and the Environment

This week, MOPA opened, Infinite Balance: Artists and the Environment, a compelling look at images dealing directly with our impact and on the environment and sustainability.