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Wednesday, Jan 20
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, Jan 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Warwick's Book Discussion: Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale
6:00 PM Italian Film: Cosa Sarà (Everything’s Gonna Be Alright)
6:30 PM Art History Lecture: Jan Vermeer
Friday, Jan 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Live Streaming Comedy: Kristina Wong for Public Office
Saturday, Jan 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Live Streaming Comedy: Kristina Wong for Public Office
Sunday, Jan 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Live Streaming Comedy: Kristina Wong for Public Office
Monday, Jan 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, Jan 28
7:30 PM Persican Film Discussion: Winter Sleep
Saturday, Jan 30
10:00 AM Chinese Historical Museum 25th/35th Anniversary Celebration

Museums & Exhibitions

Check out these museum exhibitions and special showings!

09/15/2018 - Art: Beyond The Age Of Reason
Beyond the Age of Reason features artists who contemplate how faith meshes with contemporary life, the role of ritual and symbolism, and the metamorphosis of traditional symbols as they become immersed in popular culture. Using materials and principles of design that place them firmly in the world of contemporary art, this show incorporates both traditional media and modern technologies. This exhibition is multicultural and addresses many faiths, as seen through the filter of artists who pose questions, make comparisons, find commonalities, challenge customs and encourage discussion. Some viewers may find parts of these works irreverent, but the presence of religious iconography in contemporary art indicates that questions of faith are still relevant. Throughout history, artists and their images have played an integral part in shaping religion and religious leaders have found power in pictures, often commissioning artists to create works to validate or nullify beliefs. Beyond the Age of Reason acknowledges these historical underpinnings of faith-based iconography as the exhibition
09/15/2018 - Chinese Historical Museum World in Porcelain Opening
This collection highlights the fascination Europeans had with technically sophisticated "Fine China," beginning in the mid-1500s during the Ming Dynasty until the early 1800s and the Qing Dynasty. Porcelain, from an Italian word, was a ceramic high-fire ware developed in China about 2,000 years ago. According to Christie's Auction House, "'Made in China' was once the ultimate mark of sophistication for Western porcelain enthusiasts. Chinese export porcelain was crafted with the same technical virtuosity as Chinese Imperial porcelain, but designed to Western taste." Designs were of both Chinese and Western motifs.

The Museum will first celebrate with a 3 PM reception at the Chuang Archive and Learning Center. Attendees will then walk over to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension at 328 J Street to be the first to view the exclusive porcelain pieces spanning three centuries of trade history.

Learn about the manufacturing process of porcelain that was held in secret by Chinese artisans at our exhibition, which will run from September 15, 2018 to January 19, 2019.

Please RSVP

Admission/Cost: $5

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
404 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, September 15 - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 338-9888 or visit:
07/27/2018 - Outdoor Performance: Telling Epic Tales
As part of SDMA
07/01/2018 - Arts Of South And Southeast Asia
The San Diego Museum of Art presents Arts of South and Southeast Asia.

Pieces in the exhibit range in date from the first to the nineteenth century AD. The earliest works are mostly religious, relating to the ritual practices of Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. Although each religion has a distinct set of gods and divinities, all three based the iconography of these figures on the human form.

During a series of invasions and migrations in the eleventh century, people from Central Asia moved into Pakistan and northern India. They brought India a new literary language, Persian, and Islam. By the end of the fifteenth century, European traders and missionaries began arriving by sea. They, in addition to goods, also brought oil paintings and engravings. These cultural influences thrived alongside traditions stemming from the region's native languages, literatures, and religions, which continue to flourish.

Admission/Cost: FREE - $15

San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92102

Dates and times:
Ongoing from now until January 31, 2019
Sundays - 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Mondays - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesdays - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesdays - Closed
Thursdays - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Fridays - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 232-7931 or visit:
04/27/2018 - Art Exhibit: Chilenas in the Diaspora
During the military dictatorship of Chile (1973-90), over one million Chileans fled the country to escape political repression and economic crises.

This event centers Chilean women artists who came to the United States during this time.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Price Center West
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093

Friday, April 27 - 11:00 AM

For more information, please e-mail: or visit:
04/20/2018 - Pachuca & Chola Art Exhibition
At the "Pachuca & Chola" photo and art exhibition you will step into the past full of rich history and the beautiful brown women of Southern California and how they resisted assimilation in defiance of a country that hated them. The original Chicana
04/01/2018 - Asian Pacific Historic District Walking Tour
The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and the Asian Pacific Historic Collaborative are offering a docent-led tour of San Diego
04/11/2018 - Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Please join the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program and UC San Diego Library for a lecture by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett exploring the creation of POLIN Museum and its multimedia narrative exhibition "Journey of a 1,000 Years," and its potential to be an agent of transformation. Kirshenblatt-Gimblett's passion for history has led her to play a large part in piecing together the scattered thousand-year history of the Polish Jews.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Calit2 Auditorium at Atkinson Hall
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0436
San Diego, CA 92093

Wednesday, April 11 - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 534-2230
03/21/2017 - Japanese American Exhibit
Japanese Americans and the Impact of Internment: Modern Lens, Old Wounds. An exhibit featuring a video installation of the powerful documentary Legacy of Heart Mountain.

Admision/Cost: FREE

New Americans Museum
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92106

Ongoing until April 15
Wednesday to Friday - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 756-7707 or visit
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