'Hito Steyerl: Guards' Exhibit At The Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego
- When Ongoing until Sunday, December 8, 2013
- Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm
- Monday 11:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday 11:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday 11:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm
- Where Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown, San Diego - View Map
- Age limit All ages
- Categories Photography, Sculpture, Arts, Painting, Community, Exhibits, Museums
- Cost $5 - $10
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Above: Promotional graphic for "The Guards" Exhibit showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Friday, July 12, 2013 through Sunday, December 8, 2013. Courtesy of MCASD.
Berlin-based filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl is interested in the proliferation and circulation of images in our globalized world. She often works with the format of the video essay, combining a heterogeneous range of material, including interviews, found footage, fictional dramatizations, pop-music sound tracks, and first-person voiceovers.
With her recent piece "Guards" (2012), Steyerl turns her attention to the intersection of national security and the security of cultural treasures. Commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago, "Guards" features interviews with museum security staff who have military and law enforcement backgrounds, including one of MCASD’s own security services representatives, Ron Hicks.
The video follows the officers as they move through the Art Institute’s galleries, recounting harrowing stories from their law enforcement days. In one scene, Hicks reenacts a stakeout recalled from his previous career as a Federal Police Officer serving as part of a Special Reaction Team. He was invited to participate in the project after former Art Institute of Chicago curator Lisa Dorin visited the exhibition Phenomenal at MCASD in 2011 and the two struck up a conversation.
Tickets: Admission is free for visitors under the age of 25 as well as for military members and their families (with ID). Students 26 and over (with ID) pay $5.00. Seniors also pay $5.00. General Admission is $10.00. The Museum is free on the third Thursday of every month from 5-7 PM, and it is closed Wednesday.