Three Story House: Selections from MOPA’s Photography Collection

Release Date: 
March 27, 2012

(San Diego, CA) March 27, 2012 –This summer, MOPA is turning the lens on one of the most revealing and intimate elements of personal life, the home, with Three Story House: Selections from MOPA’s Photography Collection. Drawn from MOPA’s photography collection of over 7,000 images, Three Story House explores how photographers have used the domestic environment to tell stories of how and where we live, as well as how the home functions as a creative, art-making space.

Three Story House nurtures an appreciation for the importance of domesticity and provides insight into the beauty of the ordinary and the everyday by tracing how photographers have depicted the domestic environment from the birth of photography in 1839 to present day.The exhibition features images that range from discreet personal documents, to unexpected images that reflect creativity and represent the notion of home, including works from Ansel Adams, William Eggleston, Sally Mann, Arnold Newman, and Stephen Shore, among others.

Three Story House is an exploration of the domestic setting as a place of renewal and daily growth,” said Deborah Klochko, executive director, MOPA. “We are very excited for the opportunity to share these images that celebrate the beauty in the everyday and reveal the varied purposes and inspiration of the home environment.”

Three Story Houseis divided into three thematic sections.The Domestic Aesthetic showcases images of houses and dwellings across the globe that further our understanding of cultures and what we each call home, while also examining how domestic spaces help define our families and shape how we live. Where the Heart Is explores the significance of the portraits taken within the home, revealing an intimate side of domestic life and the deeply personal moments that transcend to every family. Artists throughout the ages have used the home as a creative space, which is more fully considered within The Artist at Home, a section of the exhibition that takes a closer look at the home as an artist’s studio.

Three Story House also invites MOPA visitors to experience “Our House,” a new participatory experience using a multi-touch interface that will allow visitors to directly engage with the Museum’s collection. Visitors will have the opportunity to make their opinions heard by browsing and rating a selection of images from the photography collection, which will then be culled to create MOPA’s first crowd sourced exhibition, Soapbox! The Audience Speaks, opening at MOPA this fall. The exhibition will also include a contest component allowing visitors to upload their own domestic images for an opportunity to have his or her work digitally displayed in the galleries.

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