Mesa College Drive-In: An Outdoor Art Exhibition is a visual time-capsule memorializing the dramatic events of the last eight months—plague, social unrest and fires. This physically distant display including thirty-six California artists allows you to stay in your car and drive through the exhibition. Curated by the San Diego Mesa College Museum Studies class, the works on display scrutinize the 2020 “new normal” by interrogating spaces—indoors and outdoors, public and private—as well as the virtual versus the physical. The artworks have been painted or printed onto 3 x 5 foot banners attached onto the fence around the perimeter of the college’s Parking Lot 1. The impacts of this year have been difficult on the art community and Mesa College is staying adaptable through this innovative presentation; this exhibition reimagines the possibilities of human connection and empowerment in a time of crisis.
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