Mandell Weiss Gallery has re-opened in the Dorothea Laub Dance Place, the vibrant performing arts epicenter of the Arts District, Liberty Station. Elizabeth Tobias, Gallery Curator in Residence, is re-energizing the first-floor public exhibit space.
Inspired by the public art exhibits featured at The San Diego Airport, Tobias is using that model to bring engaging contemporary art exhibits to San Diego.
“The visual art brings new excitement to the complex. We like to enliven the space for all our visitors by showcasing local talent. Since it is Dance Place, we make sure the gallery is curated with material that speaks to dance, reflects movement, and is accessible to a multigenerational audience, “says Matt Carney, Director of San Diego Ballet.
Tobias is also an Interdisciplinary Artist, Expressive Arts Therapist, Educator and Community Organizer. She is producing projects that she hopes will be consciousness-raising and visually beautiful to match the energy and artistry of the performance complex. The exhibits will explore a range of subjects, styles and materials and will feature artists from San Diego and beyond.
The next exhibit, entitled “Women Work Together” by the Feminist Image Group, also known as FIG, opens on May 3, 2024. FIG was formed in 2009 by artist and curator Anna Stump. There are currently over 70 members in San Diego. This exhibit explores relationship and collaboration as an act of resistance against competition and conflict.
For this project, artist pairs will collaborate on duets, new works of art blending their individual ideas and styles. This project promotes cooperation as a social process, a pathway to the growth and development of society.
FIG is a coalition of San Diego artists who organize exhibitions, discuss art and support one another in their careers. FIG artists work across many media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, digital media, and performance.
As artists, they are concerned with how women continue to be portrayed and treated in the art world. As teachers and feminists, they encourage our students and colleagues to be alert to sexism in its many forms. They promote an inclusive world view that allows all voices. As friends, they aid each other in their creative and curatorial endeavors.
Mandell Weiss Gallery is located in the Arts District Liberty Station, 2650 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92115.