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2009-10 Exhibitions

Billie Holiday singing her soul out.
Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz:
Photographs by William P. Gottlieb
July 11 – Aug. 29, 2010

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the City of Carlsbad’s TGIF Jazz in the Parks concert series, the gallery is pleased to present 71 historic photographs by noted jazz photographer William P. Gottlieb (1917-2006). During the 1930s and 1940s, columnist and editor, William Gottlieb, photographed the contemporary jazz scene to illustrate his columns in publications such as The Washington Post and Down Beat magazine.

Also being featured is a selection of some of our favorite contemporary photographs from the TGIF concerts by photographers Michael Craft, Jennifer Gowen, Kevin Mudd, Peter Nagainis, Tim Tadder and Sam Wells. 

Wooden bank in the shape of a white dove.
Tesoros Mexicanos: Mexican Treasures from Two Folk Art Collections
May 2 – June 27, 2010

In this exhibition, the nature of Mexican popular arts is explored through the eyes of private collectors Tom and Alma Pirazzini and Lawrence Kent. Long interested in the ancient civilizations of the Americas, Tom and Alma Pirazzini have traveled extensively to build their collection of masks, lacquerware and pre-Columbian treasures. Avid collector Lawrence Kent has accumulated wonderful folk art pieces from places such as Oaxaca, Jalisco and Mexico City. This show is a rare opportunity to see so many superb and diverse works of Mexican folk art in one intimate setting.

Three business people sitting on a bench in a large park next to a huge reflecting pool.
André Kertész: On Reading
Feb. 21 – April 18, 2010

A prominent member of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s circle in 1920’s Paris, André Kertész created a series of photographs in Europe and the US, examining the power of reading as a universal pleasure. These 104 stunning photographs are drawn from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago.

Ornate red glazed teapot with gold accents.
Teapots: Object to Subject
Nov. 22, 2009 – Jan. 31, 2010

A teapot is a pretty traditional object – container, handle, spout... But wait until you see this group selected from the 2004 Survey of Contemporary American Teapots at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis. Wildly inventive, beautiful, fun – these objects challenge the concept of the teapot as a predictable, utilitarian vessel. The show also features additional teapots from 26 specially invited regional artists.

Young girll drawn with sepia colored pencil, by Enjeong Noh.

Moving Points:
Contemporary Drawing in Southern California
August 30 – November 1, 2009

This exhibition presented the work of eight artists from San Diego and beyond, highlighting their divergent styles and approaches to the medium of drawing. What unifies these artists - Adam Belt, Joseph Biel, Tom Morgan, Enjeong Noh, Iana Quesnell, William Riley, Ernest Silva, and Pat Warner - is a critical interest in the continued possibilities of drawing as the most intimate form of art.

Contact Information

William D. Cannon Art Gallery
Karen McGuire
Curator of exhibitions
760-602-0525 fax
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Carlsbad City Library complex
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

General Information

National quality with a regional focus, variety and balance, introduction of new work to the area, engaging young audiences - with its museum quality exhibitions William D. Cannon Art Gallery is a focal point for the visual arts in north county.

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Tuesday Saturday
11 a.m. 5 p.m.
1 p.m. 5 p.m.