June 7 2016 12:00 AM

From political cartoons to neon poetry, six shows art lovers should put in their calendars

“McDonald” by Matt Stallings
Photo courtesy of the artist

Summer doesn't officially begin until June 20, but chances are most San Diegans are already in full summer mode. For some of you, it's time to put the final touches on vacation plans, but for art mavens and culturalists planning on sticking around, here's some of this season's great upcoming art shows.

June 17-July 23

Jean Lowe: Lost Time and Adrienne Joy at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
(1008 Wall Street, La Jolla)

One of the first San Diego Art Prize winners in 2006, Jean Lowe has amassed an impressive resume of solo shows that explore the thin lines between culture and consumerism. I was thoroughly impressed with last year's Savoir Faire show at Quint Gallery, and Lost Time, which opens Friday, June 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., deals in themes of cultural value with Lowe creating distorted auction catalog photographs of both real and handmade objects. A solo show from local painter Adrienne Joy, which opens at the Athenaeum the same night, should offer a nice contrast to Loweís work. ljathenaeum.org

June 18-July 14

2016 New Contemporaries at City College Gallery (1508 C Street, East Village)

A group exhibition showcasing the nominated artists for the San Diego Art Prize, which recognizes local emerging talent with winners eventually moving on to be paired up with established mentors. This year's crop of up-and-comers is a proverbial who's who of names that have appeared in the pages of CityBeat. A few of the standouts from this year's show (which opens Saturday, June 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.): sculptor Kim Garcia, interactive artist Aren Skalman and Tijuana street artist PANCA, who was nominated for the prize by CityBeat columnist Alex Zaragoza. sdvisualarts.net

June 23-Sept. 4

Party Lines: The History, Art and Politics of Editorial Cartoons at SDSU Downtown Gallery

(725 W Broadway, Downtown)

Around the same time the two major parties will be gearing up for what is looking to be the most farcical party conventions in modern history, San Diego State University will open this 40-year retrospective of political cartoons from some local and national legends. The main focus, naturally, is election year cartoons, with names such as Herblock, Steve Breen, Lisa Benson and CityBeat fave Lalo Alcaraz represented. There will also be a historical segment of the exhibition that focuses on the important role of cartoons during particularly epochal moments throughout the centuries. Opens Thursday, June 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. art.sdsu.edu

July 9-Aug. 7

Rare Specimens at CM Curatorial
(2070 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan)

Speaking of politics, local pop-surrealist painter Matt Stallings has a decades-long history of skewering politicians and poking fun of our cult of personality obsessions. Stallings describes this show (which opens Saturday, July 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.) as "God's own prototypes. Evolutionary experiments not intended for mass reproduction," and judging by the early works he's posted to his Facebook (which include portraits of Donald Trump as Ronald McDonald, Donald Duck, and, well, you get the idea), it seems he has a very clear target in mind. mattstallings.com

“DeLIMITations Monument 11, 2015” by Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor
Photo courtesy of the artists

July 22-Nov. 27

DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United States-Mexico Border at Museum of Contemporary Art (1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown)

MCASD has four Chicano- and border-focused exhibitions opening on July 22 from Moris and Ruben Ochoa, as well as an entire space devoted to the collection of Cheech Marin. However, it's DeLIMITations that has us the most intrigued. Essentially a documental show from Marcos RamÌrez ERRE, David Taylor and filmmaker José Inerzia, the exhibition follows ERRE and Taylor as they set out on a road trip to explore the 1821 border between Mexico and the U.S. western territories. They also installed 47 sheet metal markers (that resemble the stone and iron ones found at the U.S./Mexico border today) along the way. mcasd.org

August 6-March 12

The Erik Gronborg Experience at Mingei International Museum
(1439 El Prado, Balboa Park)

Local curator Dave Hampton is officially on a roll. Fresh off his impressive job at picking out the works for the acclaimed Portrait of Pomeroy exhibition at the Central Library, Hampton will be debuting the first full-blown retrospective of the Danish-born, North County-based Gronborg, who has long been known for his meticulous work in ceramics, sculpture, woodwork and metal. The exhibition will also include the first-ever anthology of Gronborg's writings, which provide an even wider window into his impressive mind. mingei.org

Honorable mentions:

June 11-July 9

Angela Kallus at Lux Art Institute
(1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas)

June 18-Oct. 1

Suggestion Box at Scott White Contemporary Art
(989 W. Kalmia Street, Little Italy)

June 23

David and Daniel Peña (Out Here) at Teros Gallery
(3888 Swift Avenue, City Heights)

June 24-Aug. 13

In Dust We Trust and Songs in Flesh at San Diego Art Institute
(1439 El Prado, Balboa Park)

June 25-Oct. 9

California Fibers: Eclectic Threads at Oceanside Museum of Art
(704 Pier View Way, Oceanside)

July 9-Sept. 2

David Bowie Cave of Wonder at Renee Richett’s Space

(252 E Grand Avenue, Escondido)

July 16

Rust Magic at Ice Gallery
(1955 Julian Avenue, Logan Heights)

August 4-Nov. 6

Physique at Sparks Gallery
(530 6th Ave., Downtown)

August 6-Sept. 11

Poetry in Light at Madison Gallery
(1055 Wall Street, La Jolla)

Sept. 10-Oct. 1

Transition at Distinction Gallery
(317 E Grand Avenue, Escondido)


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