MOPA Presents POP Thursdays: 1983!

Release Date: 
May 9, 2013


(San Diego, CA) — Do you remember 1983? Break dancing was everywhere. Swatch watches were in fashion. Michael Jackson ruled the pop charts. And the Museum of Photographic Arts opened its doors in Balboa Park.  On May 23rd MOPA, to help celebrate its 30th anniversary, is going back to its roots with a 1983-themed POP Thursdays event.
Back in 1983, while the museum was still under construction, MOPA held an infamous "Push Pin Party" which encouraged the public to come and hang their own images on the walls of this new museum. In conjunction with this month's POP Thursdays celebration, the public is once again invited to bring in their own pictures to hang on MOPA's walls. This is a rare opportunity for photographers of all levels to have one of their pictures hanging in a world-class photography museum. 
Things have changed since 1983 and the digital age has reshaped the photographic medium. Embracing these changes, MOPA is including a Mobile Photography Challenge as part of the Push Pin event. Through May 15th, users of Instagram and Eyeem can enter up to two images to the challenge by tagging them with #MOPA30.  Thirty of these images, selected by MOPA's Assistant Curator, Chantel Paul, will be hung on the walls during the POP Thursdays event. The submissions must reflect the theme of this challenge - What Does 30 Mean to You? - but can be as creative as the photographer wants.
And staying on theme, the event will feature a screening of a film from 1983.  But which movie will it be?  MOPA has narrowed it down to three choices, Valley Girl, The Outsiders and Risky Business.  Popular choice will determine which movie gets shown that evening, but with those choices, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Doors open at 7:00 pm and there will be libations from Alchemy Cultural Fare and Cocktails, food available from Stand & Deliver, a MIHO experience, and 1983 tunes provided by DJs Daniel Sant and Mark Smith. Galleries will be open featuring 30x: Three Decades, which showcases one acquisition from each of MOPA's 30 years.  Everyone is encouraged to attend in their best 1980s attire to complete the flashback experience.   
The film begins at 8:00 and seating is limited. Admission is for the event and does not guarantee seating for the film, which is on a first-come, first-served basis.  The event is free for MOPA members, $6 for students and $8 for general admission.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to
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