Museum of Photographic Arts

Museum of Photographic Arts To inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography film and video.
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The Museum of Photographic Arts is a vibrant center for visual learning. Located in beautiful Balboa Park, MOPA is one of three independent photography museums in the United States and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Since its founding in 1983, the museum’s endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and educational programs. As a 501(c)(3) organization, MOPA is generously supported by members, individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies.

Mission: The mission of the Museum of Photographic Arts is to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection and preservation of photography, film and video.

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Missing in Brooks County sheds a light on cruel U.S. immigration policies - following the journey of 2 families who have...
01/27/2021

Missing in Brooks County sheds a light on cruel U.S. immigration policies - following the journey of 2 families who have come to Brooks County, TX to look for their missing loved ones.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvent

“If the public and lawmakers understood the extent of this crisis and really understood the numbers that we’re talking a...
01/26/2021
Human Rights Watch Film Festival to include film about deaths along border

“If the public and lawmakers understood the extent of this crisis and really understood the numbers that we’re talking about, we feel like people would be shocked,” said Lisa Molomot, co-director of the film to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The documentary focuses on a county in Texas about 70 miles north of the border where migrants, in an attempt to go around interior checkpoints set up by Border Patrol, end up in the desert.

Join us for the 11th Annual San Diego Human Rights Watch from Feb 2 – 8.

Watch with us-- retrieve your ticket at MOPA.org/HRWFF.

Register for the live Q&A at https://www.hrwfilmfestivalstream.org/page/schedule-of-live-q-a/

#immigration

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https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/story/2021-01-25/human-rights-watch-film-festival-border

The festival, held annually in San Diego in partnership with the Museum of Photographic Arts, is happening virtually this year

“A beautiful, nuanced look at what care work looks like, who it impacts, and why we should all be eager to value and pro...
01/26/2021

“A beautiful, nuanced look at what care work looks like, who it impacts, and why we should all be eager to value and protect caregivers in our society.” - @ThrutheNightdoc is screening across the U.S. Feb 2-8 as part of #HRWFFSD.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvents #throughthenightdoc #careforcaregivers #beenessential #alwaysessential

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San Diego Pride Alliance San Diego NAACP San Diego Youth Council Casa Familiar

I AM SAMUEL is an intimate portrait of a Kenyan man balancing duty to his family w/ his own LGBT identity + dreams for h...
01/25/2021

I AM SAMUEL is an intimate portrait of a Kenyan man balancing duty to his family w/ his own LGBT identity + dreams for his future. A personal doc filmed over 5 yrs, it stays with you long after the credits roll.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvent
#pride🌈 #lgbtq🌈 #IAmSamuel #PeterMurimi

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Missing in Brooks County tells the story of a small desert town in Texas that finds itself at the epicenter of a growing...
01/24/2021

Missing in Brooks County tells the story of a small desert town in Texas that finds itself at the epicenter of a growing humanitarian crisis - as hundreds of migrants go missing circumventing the local immigration checkpoint.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvent

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Thank you to our community partners:
San Diego Pride MO's Bar and Grill Alliance San Diego NAACP San Diego Youth Council Casa Familiar and more!

I am Samuel shows you the sheer possibility of what can happen when you follow your own path; a world where tradition, l...
01/23/2021

I am Samuel shows you the sheer possibility of what can happen when you follow your own path; a world where tradition, love & identity collide.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvent
#pride🌈 #lgbtq🌈 #IAmSamuel #PeterMurimi

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San Diego Pride MO's Bar and Grill Alliance San Diego NAACP San Diego Youth Council Casa Familiar and more!

In #AReckoningInBoston, dir #jamesrutenbeck w/ producers Kafi Dixon & Carl Chandler exposing systemic racism in Boston -...
01/22/2021

In #AReckoningInBoston, dir #jamesrutenbeck w/ producers Kafi Dixon & Carl Chandler exposing systemic racism in Boston - sharing their own experiences with honesty and vulnerability - together, arriving at surprising new places in their lives.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvents

Happy #MuseumSelfieDay! ⁣This one counts, right? 🤳𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭⁣Lou Stoumen, 𝘚𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘗𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘔𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳, 1956, gelatin sil...
01/21/2021

Happy #MuseumSelfieDay! ⁣This one counts, right? 🤳

𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭⁣
Lou Stoumen, 𝘚𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘗𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘔𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳, 1956, gelatin silver print on paper. Bequest of the Lou Stoumen Estate, © Lou Stoumen Archive / Museum of Photographic Arts

𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭 ⁣
#LouStoumen was an accomplished writer, photographer and filmmaker, who published 10 photography books and earned two Academy Awards for his film productions during a career that spanned more than four decades.⁣

MOPA received his archive in 1992 and established the Lou Stoumen Prize to award working photographers of outstanding merit.

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"’A Reckoning in Boston’ unrolls the mundane and pervasive nature of systemic racism and white supremacy." - John Raphli...
01/19/2021

"’A Reckoning in Boston’ unrolls the mundane and pervasive nature of systemic racism and white supremacy." - John Raphling, HRW.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#AReckoningInBoston #JamesRutenbeck #hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvents

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Thank you to our partners:
San Diego Pride Alliance San Diego NAACP San Diego Branch - Authorized Casa Familiar and more!

01/19/2021

"’A Reckoning in Boston’ unrolls the mundane and pervasive nature of systemic racism and white supremacy." - John Raphling, HRW.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#AReckoningInBoston #JamesRutenbeck #hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvents

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Thank you to our partners:
San Diego Pride Alliance San Diego NAACP San Diego Branch - Authorized Casa Familiar and more!

#BerinalePanorama Audience Award for Best Documentary #TalkingAboutTrees, about the history of cinema in #Sudan, is scre...
01/19/2021

#BerinalePanorama Audience Award for Best Documentary #TalkingAboutTrees, about the history of cinema in #Sudan, is screening across the U.S. as part of #HRWFFSD Feb 2-8.

Thoughtful and inspiring, a must for film fans.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvent #TalkingAboutTrees #SuhaibGasmelbari #documentaire

I am Samuel is an intimate portrait of a Kenyan man torn between balancing duty to his family with his own LGBT identity...
01/17/2021

I am Samuel is an intimate portrait of a Kenyan man torn between balancing duty to his family with his own LGBT identity and dreams for the future. A personal, powerful doc filmed over 5 years, it stays with you long after the credits roll. Screening online at #HRWFFSD, make sure you book your tickets in advance! We anticipate a fast-seller...

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvent
#pride🌈 #lgbtq🌈 #IAmSamuel #PeterMurimi

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Thank you to our community partners:
San Diego Pride MO's Bar and Grill Alliance San Diego NAACP San Diego Youth Council Casa Familiar and more!

In #AReckoningInBoston, dir #jamesrutenbeck w/ producers Kafi Dixon & Carl Chandler exposing systemic racism in Boston -...
01/17/2021

In #AReckoningInBoston, dir #jamesrutenbeck w/ producers Kafi Dixon & Carl Chandler exposing systemic racism in Boston - sharing their own experiences with honesty and vulnerability - together, arriving at surprising new places in their lives.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvents

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Thank you to our partners:
San Diego Pride Alliance San Diego NAACP San Diego Branch - Authorized Casa Familiar and more!

01/17/2021

Every year, hundreds of migrants die or go missing in Brooks County, Texas. Missing In Brooks County tells two families’ stories.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvent

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Thank you to our partners:
San Diego Pride MO's Bar and Grill Alliance San Diego NAACP San Diego Youth Council Casa Familiar and more!

Every year, hundreds of migrants die or go missing in Brooks County, Texas. Missing In Brooks County tells two families’...
01/17/2021

Every year, hundreds of migrants die or go missing in Brooks County, Texas. Missing In Brooks County tells two families’ stories.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvent

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Thank you to our partners:
San Diego Pride MO's Bar and Grill Alliance San Diego NAACP San Diego Youth Council Casa Familiar and more!

In fall 2014, Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler enrolled in a rigorous night course in the humanities at a community center i...
01/16/2021

In fall 2014, Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler enrolled in a rigorous night course in the humanities at a community center in their Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. Kafi dreams of starting a land cooperative in Boston for women of color who have experienced trauma and disenfranchisement.

Carl, a community elder, is the class’s intellectual leader. White suburban filmmaker James Rutenbeck, awakened to the violence, racism and gentrification that threaten their place in the city, is forced to come to terms with his flawed film premise and his own complicity in racist structures. Spending more time listening than filming, James enlists the pair as collaborators. Five years on, despite many obstacles, Kafi and Carl arrive at surprising new places in their lives, and following their lead, James does too.

Available across the U.S. Feb 2-8: MOPA.org/hrwff

#AReckoningInBoston #JamesRutenbeck #hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvents

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Thank you to our partners:
San Diego Pride Alliance San Diego NAACP San Diego Branch - Authorized Casa Familiar and more!

In fall 2014, Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler enrolled in a rigorous night course in the humanities at a community center i...
01/15/2021

In fall 2014, Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler enrolled in a rigorous night course in the humanities at a community center in their Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. Kafi dreams of starting a land cooperative in Boston for women of color who have experienced trauma and disenfranchisement.

Carl, a community elder, is the class’s intellectual leader. White suburban filmmaker James Rutenbeck, awakened to the violence, racism and gentrification that threaten their place in the city, is forced to come to terms with his flawed film premise and his own complicity in racist structures. Spending more time listening than filming, James enlists the pair as collaborators. Five years on, despite many obstacles, Kafi and Carl arrive at surprising new places in their lives, and following their lead, James does too.

Audiences across the U.S. can watch this film February 2-8. Get tickets now: MOPA.org/HRWFF

#AReckoningInBoston #JamesRutenbeck #hrwff #HumanRights #FilmFestival #VirtualEvent #Documentaries #DocumentaryFilm #Filmmaker #VirtualEvents

Registration for this week’s event ‘An Evening with Jason Lee’ is now open! Join us for an online event organized by APA...
01/11/2021
Stay in touch with MOPA

Registration for this week’s event ‘An Evening with Jason Lee’ is now open!

Join us for an online event organized by APA San Diego and MOPA, which will be dedicated to Jason's work and the recent release of his book “In The Gold Dust Rush.”

When: Thursday, January 14
Time: 6 p.m. PST

Get tickets today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apa-sd-mopa-present-an-evening-with-jason-lee-tickets-134792057673?fbclid=IwAR3RlfsaUywSKFVxcvAtLfG2bjNVi0793S-uMy2HKhUL4i6vlyCjb3NgnRg

Image courtesy of Jason Lee.

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Jason Lee is a film photographer, actor, producer, and director. Having established a successful career as a professiona...
01/11/2021
Stay in touch with MOPA

Jason Lee is a film photographer, actor, producer, and director.

Having established a successful career as a professional skateboarder during skateboarding's pivotal late 80s and early 90s period, Lee would go on to pursue acting in 1994, which would lead to working in film, television, and voiceover, and with such directors as Kevin Smith, Cameron Crowe, Lawrence Kasdan, and Rebecca Miller.

In 2002, Lee developed a passion for photography and dedicated himself to pursuing the medium as a creative profession.

👉 Join APA San Diego and the Museum of Photographic Arts for an online conversation with the artist about his recent photographic work. Entry is pay-what-you-can.

When: Thursday, January 14
Time: 6 p.m. PST

Get tickets now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apa-sd-mopa-present-an-evening-with-jason-lee-tickets-134792057673?fbclid=IwAR3RlfsaUywSKFVxcvAtLfG2bjNVi0793S-uMy2HKhUL4i6vlyCjb3NgnRg

Portrait of Lee by Raymond Molinar.

🚨 Registration for next week’s event ‘An Evening with Jason Lee’ is now open! Join us Thursday, January 14 at 6 p.m. PST...
01/06/2021
APA |SD & MOPA present: An Evening with Jason Lee

🚨 Registration for next week’s event ‘An Evening with Jason Lee’ is now open!

Join us Thursday, January 14 at 6 p.m. PST for an online event, which will include a photographic talk and presentation dedicated to Lee’s work and the recent release of his third book “In The Gold Dust Rush.”

Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apa-sd-mopa-present-an-evening-with-jason-lee-tickets-134792057673?fbclid=IwAR3RlfsaUywSKFVxcvAtLfG2bjNVi0793S-uMy2HKhUL4i6vlyCjb3NgnRg

Entry is pay-what-you-can. The event is free for MOPA and APA members.

Image © Jason Lee

#JasonLee #JasonLeePhotography

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An Evening with Jason Lee

These are the last days for your gift to be worth double. For every $20 you give, your gift is worth $40!Help us continu...
12/28/2020

These are the last days for your gift to be worth double. For every $20 you give, your gift is worth $40!

Help us continue increasing access to arts education with The Jon Doellstedt Challenge. Now through December 31, 2020, we are looking to match our longtime supporter’s gift of $100,000.

Donate now: MOPA.org/challenge

Your support ensures students have the opportunity to showcase their own artwork at MOPA's Annual Juried Youth Exhibition. Through this inclusive program, local youth have taken over our gallery walls with their creativity.

Altogether, our youth programs reached the following estimates for the fiscal year 2018-19:
* 900+ students reached
* 560 hours of instruction
* 19 schools

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The world needs to hear stories of individuals - standing up for each other, and their communities. Stories that reflect...
12/27/2020

The world needs to hear stories of individuals - standing up for each other, and their communities. Stories that reflect the world we live in today.

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns Feb 2-8 , presenting a US Digital edition in partnership with the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.

Join #changemakers from around the globe, live from their homes - to yours. Limited tix available. Reserve yours today: https://mopa.org/hrwff

We’re bringing the festival to you!Now more than ever, the world needs to hear uplifting stories of ordinary people over...
12/24/2020

We’re bringing the festival to you!

Now more than ever, the world needs to hear uplifting stories of ordinary people overcoming enormous challenges. About supporting each other.

That is why this year San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival is coming to you, across the U.S.

Book your tickets + join us for an inspiring slate of films+ Q&As avail across the U.S. Human Rights Watch

Get tickets for the digital festival now: MOPA.org/hrwff

MOPA’s signature school outreach program, Exposure, ignites student learning with hands-on projects that expose students...
12/21/2020

MOPA’s signature school outreach program, Exposure, ignites student learning with hands-on projects that expose students to photography as an art form and build skills in visual thinking and creative expression.

This year, the Exposure program was in part possible thanks to the generous support of the Capdevilla Gillespie Foundation. Though not completed, our educators were able to reach students toward the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020.

Every student had the opportunity to create personally relevant artwork during the program.

Photo: Students review their images at Holly Drive Leadership Academy

Dee's Tots Daycare, a home-based 24-hour child care center in a New York suburb, is not only a lifeline for families but...
12/20/2020

Dee's Tots Daycare, a home-based 24-hour child care center in a New York suburb, is not only a lifeline for families but a vital community hub. Through the intimately observed stories of two working mothers and beloved caregiver Nunu, we see how this daycare patches up the gaping holes in a threadbare social safety net and provides a personal response to an urgent problem. "Through the Night" turns a much-needed spotlight on unsung heroes.

Audiences across the U.S. can watch this film February 2-8. Click this link to find out more: https://bit.ly/hrwwttn

12/17/2020
2021 San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns | Digital Edition

Now more than ever, the world needs to hear uplifting stories of ordinary people overcoming enormous challenges. About supporting each other.

That is why this year San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival is coming to you, across the U.S.

Book your tickets + join us for an inspiring slate of films+ Q&As avail across the U.S. Human Rights Watch

Get tickets for the digital festival now: MOPA.org/hrwff

12/12/2020

Color can change the mood of your image. A blue filter might make your image seem more sad or gloomy. A bright yellow filter will make your image more cheerful.

This weekend, try out two activities at home: DIY and color filters. Show us your best shots, and we'll get back to you with our thoughts. Think about how you can use color to create your own filter. 🌈

𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞: https://mopa.org/educate/photo-challenge-color/
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1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA
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Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
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Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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"Three Days on the Future Generations Ride" was selected for the 2020 Heritage FIlm Festival. Video shot and edited on the 2019 Future Generations Ride, by Fronda White, 12, Jessie Porras, 11, and Kia Kills Crow, 13, from Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota. It will be screened on Saturday. FREE registration: https://www.heritagefilmfestival.org
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Next session of Youth Media Tech Camps is November 25-27. Come join us! Our project-based curriculum emphasizes process, collaboration, and media literacy. Technical skills include camera operation, video editing, green screen photography, stop motion, and sound mixing. All projects are aligned with the National Core Art Standards in Media Arts. The final day of camp includes a special screening of the campers' films at the Digital Gym Cinema!
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