October 2014

Sep 27

Museum Closure for Renovation

09.27.2014 12:00 am

The Museum of Photographic Arts enters an exciting phase this fall with changes designed to enhance the experience for visitors. The Museum will be closed from September 27 - October 10 for remodeling. We will reopen October 11 with three new exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibitions here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

MOPA Member Special:
Free admission to Mingei International Museum plus discounts at The Collectors’ Gallery and Café Mingei for MOPA Members with valid card during closure. The Mingei is located at 1439 El Prado.

Oct 12

German Film Festival 2014

10.12.2014 12:30 pm

4TH ANNUAL GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL

12:30pm: OSTWIND (Windstorm)

3:30pm: ELTERN (Parents) 

7:00pm: BELTRACCHI - DIE KUNST DER FÄLSCHUNG (Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery)

*All films in German with english Subtitles. 

For additional information, or to purchase tickets, please visit German Film Festival 

Oct 16

Italian Film Festival '14: Anni Felici

10.16.2014 7:30 pm

ANNI FELICI (Those Happy Years)

Daniele Luchetti I 106 min. I Eng. subtitles

Genuine affection is paired with trenchant reflection in Daniele Luchetti’s subtle, perceptive, and autobiographical look back at his childhood. Guido is an avant-garde artist, here an egotistical painter, determined to succeed. Married to the lovely Serena and father to two boys, Guido enjoys the perks that his work with frequently nude models affords while expecting his wife to adhere to traditional codes. But it’s the 1970s, and when Serena is invited on a feminist retreat, she starts to rethink her life. The movie captures the honesty and soul-searching of the years of feminism and self-liberation, a time that now seems far away. 

$10 General, $8 SDIFF Members, Students & Military

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit San Diego Italian Film Festival.

 

Oct 17

Italian Film Festival '14: La Grande Bellezza

10.17.2014 7:30 pm

LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

Paolo Sorrentino I 142 min. I Eng. subtitles

Rome in the splendor of summer – gorgeous voices, ancient places, a city to die for. Jep Gambardella, successful journalist and inveterate seducer, enjoys fully the city’s social life, where his sparkling wit and company always charm. In his youth a literary award became a mark of a frustrated writer. Masking his disenchantment with cynicism, he still sees the world with bitter clarity. Weary of his lifestyle, Jep dreams of taking up his pen again, haunted by memories of a youthful love.

$10 General, $8 SDIFF Members, Students & Military 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit San Diego Italian Film Festival.

 
 
Oct 19

Italian Film Festival '14: Il Carattere Italiano

10.19.2014 4:15 pm

IL CARATTERE ITALIANO (The Italian Character)

Angelo Bozzolini I 100 min. I Eng. subtitles

Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia may be among the world’s least hyped musical stars. Although it appears on the “10 Best Orchestras in the World” list published by Classic FM magazine – the only Italian orchestra so honored – it lacks the renown of such orchestras as Vienna’s, London’s, or Chicago’s. Nonetheless, to those in the know, and this includes the world’s top musicians and conductors, the Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is special. But what makes it so?

$10 General, $8 SDIFF Members, Students & Military 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Oct 19

Italian Film Festival '14: Il Capitale Umano

10.19.2014 7:30 pm

IL CAPITALE UMANO (Human Capital)

Paolo Virzì I 109 min. I Eng. subtitles

Based on Stephen Amidon’s novel set in moneyed Connecticut, Human Capital smoothly relocates to Italy’s wealthy north in an engrossing if anxiety-provoking tale about two families whose destinies are tied together by a homicide. Though director Paolo Virzì (who is also the guest director of the Turin Film Festival) is best known for intelligent comedies like his award-winning The First Beautiful Thing, there is very little to laugh about in this thriller set in a downward-spiraling economy.

$10 General, $8 SDIFF Members, Students & Military

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Oct 20

Italian Film Festival '14: The Vision of Paolo Soleri

10.20.2014 7:30 pm

THE VISION OF PAOLO SOLERI

Lisa Scafuro I 88 min. I Eng. subtitles

Paolo Soleri was an architect and architectural philosopher whose ideas about the interplay of the environment and development resonate today but gained only limited recognition in his lifetime. Born in Italy in 1919, educated at the Turin Polytechnic, Soleri came to the United States to work under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesen West. Soleri believed in efficient, compact cities where residents could live comfortably, without cars, in a solar powered environment. His contemporaries, including Wright, focused on design but without a sense of what development meant meant in the face of expanding populations.

$10 General, $8 SDIFF Members, Students & Military

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Oct 21

Italian Film Festival '14: Il Comandante e la Cicogna

10.21.2014 7:30 pm

IL COMANDANTE E LA CICOGNA (Garibaldi's Lovers)

Silvio Soldini I 108 min. I Eng. subtitles

Garibaldi’s Lovers presents a fizzy ride through a magical vision of metropolitan Italy, while at the same time casting a critical eye on modern life in the city. Widowed plumber Leo, while occasionally interacting with his wife’s ghost, is struggling to deal with the growing pains of his two adolescent children, when his life intersects with penniless artist Diana and her eccentric landlord Amanzio. Through a hilarious series of coincidences, they give each other new hope for their futures – and for the city itself, so emblematic of our times.

$10 General, $8 SDIFF Members, Students & Military

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Oct 22

Italian Film Festival '14: Alì Ha Gli Occhi Azzuri

10.22.2014 7:30 pm

ALÌ HA GLI OCCHI AZZURI (Alì Blue Eyes)

Claudio Giovannesi I 94 min. I Eng. subtitles

It is a dull winter on the coast of Ostia and 16 year old Nader and his best friend Stefano spend it engaging in petty crime and half-heartedly going to class, much like the rest of their classmates. However, for Nader life is getting more complicated. A second generation Italian, he finds himself having to negotiate between his identity as an average Italian 16 year old and the expectations of his Muslim Egyptian parents. Things come to a head when Nader gets more involved with his Italian girlfriend Brigitte. Nader runs away from home, only to encounter the realities of living on the street and find out that being a mixed Italian has its own challenges. Torn between his love of Italy and his Egyptian heritage, Nader needs to find out who he is.

$10 General, $8 SDIFF Members, Students & Military

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Oct 24

Italian Film Festival '14: Miele

10.24.2014 7:30 pm

MIELE (Honey)

Valeria Golino I 96 min. I Eng. subtitles

Italian actress Valeria Golino (Rain Man) crosses over to the director’s chair in this character study of a mysterious young woman, Miele (Jasmine Trinca from The Best of Youth), committed to helping the terminally ill end their suffering (very much illegal in Italy). No matter how emotionally wrought her clients or their loved ones may be, Miele is the ultimate professional – so much so that she almost seems detached.

$10 General, $8 SDIFF Members, Students & Military

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Oct 25

Day with the Director

10.25.2014 1:00 pm

Youth Exhibition artists and their families are invited to join MOPA's Executive Director, Deborah Klochko, for a tour of the 2014 Youth Exhibition, We Are Family.

RSVP to Sophia Sobko at sobko@mopa.org or 619.238.7559 x235 by Friday, Oct. 17.

Oct 25

Italian Film Festival '14: Una Piccola Impresa Meridionale

10.25.2014 7:30 pm

UNA PICCOLA IMPRESA MERIDIONALE (A Small Southern Enterprise)

Rocco Papaleo I 103 min. I Eng. subtitles

A former priest, Father Costantino, is persuaded by his mother, Stella, to move into an old abandoned lighthouse belonging to the Costantino family. Far from prying eyes, she hopes to avoid the people in town discovering he has left the priesthood. Stella already has another scandal to face: her daughter Rosa Maria has left her husband, Arturo, and run off with a mysterious lover. The old lighthouse should bring him some solace, but instead, it becomes a magnet for more and more characters, becoming a kind of shelter for sinners: Magnolia, a retired call girl; Arturo, Rosa Maria’s estranged husband; Valbona, a lesbian; Rosa Maria herself; and, to crown it all, two eccentric workers accompanied by a little girl… Between the misunderstandings and plot twists, an unlikely harmony is forged among this astounding group of people.

$100 General, $85 SDIFF Members, Students & Military Film entry included in gala ticket; this film is only for gala ticket holders.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Oct 26

Halloween Family Day

10.26.2014 11:00 am

Families can kick off their Halloween celebrations with a spooktacular array of free hands-on activities and free admission for kids 12 and under with paid adult at the annual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Join MOPA on the Prado walkway to create Spooky Sunprints! Make a special Halloween sunprint, using Halloween shapes and the light of the sun to create your own spooky design.

Oct 28

Film: The Mexican Suitcase

10.28.2014 7:00 pm

THE MEXICAN SUITCASE (La Maleta Mexicana)

Dir. Trisha Ziff I 86 min. I Eng. subtitles

Presented by The House of Spain, San Diego as part of their monthy Films of Spain film series. 

The story of three lost boxes known as the Mexican Suitcase that were recovered in 2007. The boxes, misplaced in the chaos at the start of WWII, contained many of the Spanish Civil War negatives by the legendary photographer Robert Capa and Bellow photographers Gerda Taro and David "Chim" Seymour. 

Tickets: On location / $7 suggested donation

For additional infomation, please visit Films of Spain website. 

 

Oct 29

Film: A Film About Coffee

10.29.2014 7:30 pm

A FILM ABOUT COFFEE

Dir. Brandon Loper I 67 min. I 2014

Presented by the SD Coffee Network

A Film About Coffee follows the production of coffee from farms in Honduras and harvests in Rwanda to its global consumption. Listening to farmers, buyers, roasters and baristas about the crop’s economic and environmental implications both locally and abroad, the narrative travels to coffee shops in Tokyo, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York, with stops in between. Dropping in on artisanal cafes to investigate how each prepares its own unique cup, the film opens a window into the little-understood world of speciality coffee. 

Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

 

Oct 30

Conversation: Andy Grundberg

10.30.2014 7:00 pm

Art critic, curator and educator Andy Grundberg will be at MOPA for a conversation with MOPA Executive Director Deborah Klochko on visual literacy. With more than 25 years of experience, Grundberg specializes in writing about photography and video within contemporary art.

$10 general, $8 senior and active military, $5 MOPA Members - Purchase Tickets

*Free for students and educators with valid school ID. Please RSVP at esrig@mopa.org