REVEALED: The San Diego History Center’s Fine Art Collection


What does art tell us about our community? REVEALED seeks to uncover new answers to that question through the History Center’s permanent collection of Fine Art, one that is unique in that it is singularly focused on the San Diego region. This exhibition not only exclusively features works about San Diego or by San Diego artists, it also provides a glimpse into the history of collecting at the History Center, revealing a vibrant story of emerging tastes and styles in San Diego. While artists such as Belle Baranceanu (1902-1988), Donal Hord (1902-1966), Dan Dickey (1910-1961), Dorr Bothwell (1902-2000), Ivan Messenger (1895-1983), and Anna Valentien (1862-1947) have been recognized for their contributions to regional art history, their influence on the larger narrative of American art has been underestimated. Recent scholarship and this exhibition aim to address this imbalance and grant these and other artists their rightful place in the greater body of American art.