San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, Oliver Jackson, Sam Gilliam, Lorna Simpson, Damon, Davis, African American Art, Black Art, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

‘Dimensions’ at MCASD downtown presents a wide range of viewpoints – The San Diego Union-Tribune The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s exhibit “Dimensions of Black” presents a wide array of art forms and subjects from the 1970s to modern times. What ties the more than 30 pieces together is that they are all created by African-American artists.


And while race is at the core of the exhibit, the works present a wide range of viewpoints.

“A lot of people don’t understand contemporary art. We want people to understand it. We also want people to see that African-Americans are prominent in many areas of art,” said Gaida Finnie, executive director of the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, who proposed the collaborative show.

The exhibit’s works range from sculpture and photography to painting and drawing and are mostly from the Museum of Contemporary Art’s permanent collection.

San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, Oliver Jackson, Sam Gilliam, Lorna Simpson, Damon, Davis, African American Art, Black Art, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, Oliver Jackson, Sam Gilliam, Lorna Simpson, Damon, Davis, African American Art, Black Art, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, Oliver Jackson, Sam Gilliam, Lorna Simpson, Damon, Davis, African American Art, Black Art, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, Oliver Jackson, Sam Gilliam, Lorna Simpson, Damon, Davis, African American Art, Black Art, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Courtesy photo



The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is to serve diverse audiences through the exhibition, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art created since 1950.

MCASD is a museum providing public access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process; a forum for the exploration and understanding of contemporary art and ideas; and a laboratory for artists to experiment with new forms of creative expression.

With two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the region’s foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time, presenting works across all media created since 1950. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego and in the coastal community of La Jolla, MCASD provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community, showcasing an internationally recognized collection and a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and public programs.

At MCASD in Downtown, experience contemporary art in a historic setting – the Jacobs Building, formerly the Santa Fe Depot baggage building – and view site-specific installations by artists Jenny Holzer and Richard Serra. At MCASD in La Jolla, take in the fabulous ocean view from the Edwards Garden Gallery, or lunch on the patio at the Museum Cafe. The La Jolla location also houses the Museum’s X Store, filled with a selection of contemporary art books, apparel, and innovative design objects. (MCASD).