March 2014

Mar 1

Bicycle Film Fest

03.01.2014 4:00 pm

MOPA welcomes the Bicycle Film Festival to our theater.

Brendt Barbur, Founding Festival Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival when he was hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City.  He insisted on turning his negative experience into a positive one. In 2001 Barbur started the Bicycle Film Festival as a platform to celebrate the bicycle through music, art and, of course, film.

If you are a cyclist, you won't want to miss this!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

4:00 PM / PROGRAM 1 THE WAY I ROLL
6:00 PM / PROGRAM 2 CINEMATIC SHORTS
8:00 PM / PROGRAM 3 URBAN BIKE SHORTS

Click here for information and to purchase tickets.

The Road from Karakol (Dir. Fitz Cahall)

Mar 2

Film Forward Program

03.02.2014 12:00 am

The Sundance Institute and MOPA Collaborate to Host Free Screenings, Discussions and Workshops

Film Forward, a partnership of Sundance Institute and four U.S. federal cultural agencies, is a touring program that offers film screenings, workshops and discussions designed to foster dialogue and cross-cultural understanding. It uses the power of cinema to promote broader cultural understanding, inspire curiosity and enhance awareness of shared stories and values across generations, religion, ethnicity and borders. The partnering federal agencies are the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Museum of Photographic Arts, in collaboration with Film Forward, is hosting screenings throughout San Diego and Tijuana. Click to see a complete schedule and venues. The films being shown throughout the course of this program are:

Circles – (Directed by: Srdan Golubovic ) 
Dancing in Jaffa – (Directed by: Hilla Medalia) 
Fruitvale Station – (Directed by: Ryan Coogler) 
If You Build It – (Directed by: Patrick Creadon) 
The Rocket – (Directed by: Kim Mordaunt) 
The World Before Her – (Directed by: Nisha Pahuja)
Twenty Feet From Stardom – (Directed by: Morgan Neville) 
Valentine Road – (Directed by: Marta Cunningham) 

All information, including film summaries, reservation information and schedules for each film, can be found at mopa.org/film-forward.

Mar 8

American Sign Language Tour

03.08.2014 11:00 am

We would like you to join us for another ASL tour at the Museum of Photographic Arts on Saturday, March 8.  We have 2 brand new exhibitions that recently opened. Please share this information with your family, friends and anyone that knows American sign language. A Deaf docent will lead this tour in ASL ONLY.

We are offering two tours the same day.  The first tour will be from 11:00am - 12:00pm and the second tour will be from  2:00pm - 3:00pm. Kindly RSVP to Jazmyne Lemar for a tour at lemar@mopa.org or 619.238.7559 x230.


First tour: 11:00 am  - 12:00pm
Second tour: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Admission price: $4.00 per person
Where: Museum of Photographic Arts - 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Mar 8

American Sign Language Tour

03.08.2014 2:00 pm

We would like you to join us for another ASL tour at the Museum of Photographic Arts on Saturday, March 8.  We have 2 brand new exhibitions that recently opened. Please share this information with your family, friends and anyone that knows American sign language. A Deaf docent will lead this tour in ASL ONLY.

We are offering two tours the same day.  The first tour will be from 11:00am - 12:00pm and the second tour will be from  2:00pm - 3:00pm. Kindly RSVP to Jazmyne Lemar for a tour at lemar@mopa.org or 619.238.7559 x230.


First tour: 11:00 am  - 12:00pm
Second tour: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Admission price: $4.00 per person
Where: Museum of Photographic Arts - 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Mar 11

In No Great Hurry Screening

03.11.2014 7:00 pm

"I believe there is such a thing as a search for beauty"

Saul Leiter could have been lauded as the great pioneer of colour photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apartment.

In a funny, intimate and moving film, In No Great Hurry follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of cleaning an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80's and fending off a pesky film maker, Tomas Leach.

March 11, 2014 at 7pm

For tickets, go to www.sdDESIGNff.com

Mar 14

Film Forward Program

03.14.2014 5:00 pm

The Sundance Institute and MOPA Collaborate to Host Free Screenings, Discussions and Workshops

Film Forward, a partnership of Sundance Institute and four U.S. federal cultural agencies, is a touring program that offers film screenings, workshops and discussions designed to foster dialogue and cross-cultural understanding. It uses the power of cinema to promote broader cultural understanding, inspire curiosity and enhance awareness of shared stories and values across generations, religion, ethnicity and borders. The partnering federal agencies are the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Museum of Photographic Arts, in collaboration with Film Forward, is hosting screenings throughout San Diego and Tijuana. Click to see a complete schedule and venues. The films being shown throughout the course of this program are:

Circles – (Directed by: Srdan Golubovic ) 
Dancing in Jaffa – (Directed by: Hilla Medalia) 
Fruitvale Station – (Directed by: Ryan Coogler) 
If You Build It – (Directed by: Patrick Creadon) 
The Rocket – (Directed by: Kim Mordaunt) 
The World Before Her – (Directed by: Nisha Pahuja)
Twenty Feet From Stardom – (Directed by: Morgan Neville) 
Valentine Road – (Directed by: Marta Cunningham) 

All information, including film summaries, reservation information and schedules for each film, can be found at mopa.org/film-forward.

Mar 16

STEAM Family Day

03.16.2014 11:00 am

A world of discovery awaits children of all ages at the next Balboa Park Family Day on Sunday, March 16th, and MOPA is offering a number of fun programs.

  • Walk into an oversized (9' x 7') camera obscura, a device that led to the invention of photography. Learn more about camera obscura.
  • Learn about Phantograms, which use distorted projections to produce a 2D image that appears 3D when viewed correctly. Read all about phantograms.
  • Ride the human powered energy bike and see how much pedaling it takes to run lighting and other household items

March 16, 2014 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

For more information on all the events of the day, visit www.balboapark.org/STEAMday

Mar 22

Art Lab: Cy Kuckenbaker #2

03.22.2014 11:00 am

Millions of people have watched his time-compressed video of planes landing. And plane's taking off.  You've been mesmerized by traffic on the 163, all organized by color.

So what's next for artist Cy Kuckenbaker in his San Diego Studies project? Come see him at MOPA as he edits his next video - surfers on a wave (he won't say where they are surfing). Learn how he compresses time to show the volume of people at one break through the course of a day. Ask him questions about his work - how he does it, why he does it, where his ideas come from. And find out what he has planned for future videos.

Saturday, March 22nd
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
At MOPA, free with Museum admission

Mar 29

Connecting to Collections: Power

03.29.2014 10:00 am

Join MOPA’s curatorial department for this seasonal series that links the Museum’s permanent collection with our exhibitions, by allowing members the opportunity to view original works in MOPA’s print viewing room. Guests will have an opportunity to meet with the curatorial staff in an informal event while seeing unique items from a unique selection of artists. 

Connecting to Collections day is held in conjunction with the current exhibition Power, and expands on the theme by looking at iconic works from photographers who have used their images as an agent for change and awareness such as Lewis Wickes Hine, Arthur Rothstein Debbie Fleming Caffrey, Mikhael Subotzky, James Nachtwey, Bruce Davidson, Fazal Sheikh  and more! 

Guests will also have an opportunity to see a selection of books in the Edmund L. and Nancy K. Dubois Library as part of the experience.

The event will run once an hour at 10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm each lasting approximately 50 minutes. Our first tour is reserved for current MOPA members. 

Not a current MOPA Member? Join here.

For questions please contact our membership manager, Angela Venuti, at venuti@mopa.org or 619.238.7559 x202.