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The San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts
(M.O.P.A.) re-opens, bigger and better.
By Michael Seewald
March 4, 2000
The San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, (M.O.P.A.), located in beautiful
Balboa Park in San Diego, California, has recently been expanded. Originally the
museum was opened in May of '83 with 7,000 sq.ft., (the same month and year Seewald's
Photographic Art Gallery in Encinitas opened)! The re-opening took place
tonight, after one year of work... quadrupling it's size!
It was a gala two day
event attended by thousands... free admission. Mariachi bands performed whilst
Arthur Ollman, director of the museum since it's inception, welcomed the dignitaries and
donors with a broad smile on his face. I would beam too, as the new museum is much
improved, esthetically as well as size wise.
The first thing one notices is the large glass entrance way into the museum. It
makes it very light and airy, unlike the old entrance, which made you feel as though you
were walking into a large walk-in closet. By being able to see the cathedral
ceiling a bit of stature is added.
The bookstore, located just off to the left, looks empty due to
the amount of extra space gained over the previous one. The architecture, with steel
beams running about at diagonals, gives it a 'modern art' feel. Also, a theater has
now been added in which art movies, old movies, etc. are being shown.
My only hope is that the exhibits they show will be of a higher
caliber than many in the past. While shows of 'shock' nature may be in vogue at a
lot of 'modern museums', I don't think you have to stoop that low to get attention.
Some recent past exhibits, showing the work from the permanent collection, has been
spectacular, such as the following artist that exhibited the previous year.
Photographic Interventions by Georges Rousse
One of the many public service announcements brought to by the
at Seewald's art gallery. Don't forget to help an artist out with a small,
or large donation: donation f o r m.
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