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Universal Dissolvent: Fragments from Southern California Megalopolis | Angela Washko: A Monopoly on Truth

San Diego Art Institute (SDAI)

Last Chance - March 6 through April 1, 2015

"Universal Dissolvent," a group show, features artists and collectives dealing with the "megalopolis" of SoCal, like the Los Angeles Poverty Department and L.A.-based, political video artist Natalie Bookchin. Angela Washko's show, up at the same time, was supposed to be based on interviews Washko did with women who had encountered Roosh V, the Internet's "most infamous mysogynist." It became a show about seduction and mathematics and navigating the Internet instead.

Roman de Salvo: Lightening

Quint Gallery

Last Chance - March 14 through April 4, 2015

San Diego artist Roman de Salvo does things like embed mirrored incandescent light bulb in the middle of a blobby alabaster wall hanging. Or he'll make a lamp out of pepper tree roots and branches, like he did for the Farm to Table Lamp included in this show that's full of unconventional light-making mechanisms.

Art... It's Elemental

Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park

March 21 through April 13, 2015

Members of the Spanish Village Art Center are working together to create a large scale installation. Each member can contribute one piece, and "add comments and quotes to inspire viewers to think more deeply about the world."

Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - La Jolla

January 23 through April 19, 2015

Artists do comedy -- like Stanya Kahn, who wears a suit that looks like a penis, or Jayson Musson (aka Hennessey Youngman), who gives wry advice on being an artist while wearing silly hats -- while others document or incorporate comedy into their work in MCASD's new show. There will also be an evening of live comedic performance (date TBA).

State Park

UCSD University Art Gallery

March 7 through May 1, 2015

Because there are 6,624 state-owned and run parks in the United States. and because they're often groomed to look a certain way and thus not entirely natural, Mike Callway-Fagen wanted to "unpack State Parks as sites rich with conflict and complexities." He's doing so by curating this show of work by twenty artists from all over the states.

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - Downtown

March 5 through June 28, 2015

El Anatsui, the sculptor who was born in Anyako, Ghana and relocated to teach art at the University of Nigeria in 1975, is known best for his ornate metal wall hangings made out of discarded objects (like bottle caps) and has become something of a self-taught excerpt on pre-colonial art in Africa. This show includes 11 large works -- one of them is 35 feet long.

Seeing is Believing?

Museum of Photographic Arts MOPA

February 21 through June 30, 2015

"Did you know…that the first photograph of the moon was made more than 160 years ago?" Questions like that are the ones MOPA's new show on the history of photography sets out to answer. The show's also about photography's impact on "how we view the world around us," which is a pretty big topic.

Lalla Essaydi: Photographs

San Diego Museum of Art

March 28 through August 4, 2015

Lalla Essaydi, born in Moroccan and based in New York, makes photographs that explore the roles of women in Arab cultures. She's especially interested in how European artists have represented Arab cultures and bases some of her photographs on nineteenth-century Orientalist paintings.

7 Billion Others

Museum of Photographic Arts MOPA

February 21 through September 13, 2015

About  6,000 people from 84 countries were asked 45 questions, and now these many videos will show at MOPA, though because there are so many, different videos that address certain "themes" will play during different months. February, March and April are all about love, war and meaning in life.

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