The recently expanded Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is the region’s foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time. The collection includes more than 4,000 works created after 1950, representing a variety of media and genres: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation.
The museum is known for collecting works by promising emerging artists and under-recognized, mid-career artists, as well as by major figures in international contemporary art.
One of the highlights of the museum's collection are minimalism and Pop Art of the 1960s and 1970s, conceptual art from the 1960s to the present, installation art, art from Latin America, and art from California and the San Diego/Tijuana region. Many works in the collection are the result of artists’ residencies or works commissioned for MCASD exhibitions.
Experience art in a historic setting in the newly opened Joan and Irwin Jacobs Building and the David C. Copley Building. The downtown Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego features a number of permanent commissions by artists such as Richard Serra and Jenny Holzer, presented in a large, light-filled gallery in the renovated historic Santa Fe Depot baggage building.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego also presents a rapidly changing program of temporary exhibitions as well as evening programs. The popular TNT (Thursday Night Thing) occurs on the first Thursday of the month.