Game Changer: New Media and Multiples from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation

Whether a political parable like Mel Chin’s 9-11/9-11 or an image of transcendent unboundedness like Sam Taylor-Wood’s Self-Portrait, Suspended III, the dozen works in this University of San Diego exhibition enact art’s capacity to sharpen attention and shake loose assumptions.

"Game Changer: New Media and Multiples from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation" runs from Feb. 15 to March 3 in the Exhibit Hall of USD's Student Life Pavilion. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday and noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday. There is no charge for the exhbiit. 

The innovative works in this exhibition question the history, materials and presentation values of traditional fine art displays. Held in conjunction with an international conference, “Unlocking the U in University,” sponsored by AshokaU Exchange and USD’s Changemaker Hub, the exhibition will be part of a wide array of programs exploring changemaking in contemporary society at USD in February.

The examples of photography, video, sculpture and installation art in this collection tackle conventional frames and challenge canonical narratives. Free of instrumental obligations and institutional conventions, the artists in Game Changer create a realm of provocation and reflectiveness for the viewer, suggesting that change, it would seem, is launched by consciousness. Along with Chin and Taylor-Wood, the globally renowned artists in the collection include Vanessa Beecroft (Italy), Valeska Soares (Brazil ), Angela De La Cruz (Spain) and Fred Wilson (USA).

“We hope that all visitors to Game Changer will take away a sense of wonder about the creative possibilities that new artistic practices represent,” said Derrick Cartwright, director of University Galleries. “Indeed the best contemporary art holds out the promise of changing our everyday perspective about the complex, global world that we live in. Everyone at USD appreciates the generosity of the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation of Rancho Santa Fe in loaning these important works of art. In some cases, this is the first time that these particular examples of new media and multiples have been on public view in Southern California. They provide an exceptional opportunity to view some of the most varied and challenging works being collected today.”














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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.