The San Diego Museum of Art Celebrates Three Decades of Floral Inspiration at Art Alive 2012

Floral interpretations of famous works of art on view April 13-15

The rotunda at Art Alive
The rotunda at Art Alive
  • The rotunda at Art Alive
    The rotunda at Art Alive
    The rotunda at Art Alive
    The rotunda at Art Alive
  • Floral interpretations of works of art from the Museum's permanent collection. 

George Biddle. Japanese Melon, January 24, 1885-November 6, 1885. Oil on canvas. 1941.57.
    Floral interpretations of works of art from the Museum's permanent collection. George Biddle. Japanese Melon, January 24, 1885-November 6, 1885. Oil on canvas. 1941.57.
    Floral interpretations of works of art from the Museum's permanent collection. 

George Biddle. Japanese Melon, January 24, 1885-November 6, 1885. Oil on canvas. 1941.57.
    Floral interpretations of works of art from the Museum's permanent collection. George Biddle. Japanese Melon, January 24, 1885-November 6, 1885. Oil on canvas. 1941.57.
  • Floral interpretations of works of art from the Museum's permanent collection. Francisco Zúñiga. Mother and Daughter Seated, December 27, 1912-August 9, 1998. Bronze. 1971.27.
    Floral interpretations of works of art from the Museum's permanent collection. Francisco Zúñiga. Mother and Daughter Seated, December 27, 1912-August 9, 1998. Bronze. 1971.27.
    Floral interpretations of works of art from the Museum's permanent collection. Francisco Zúñiga. Mother and Daughter Seated, December 27, 1912-August 9, 1998. Bronze. 1971.27.
    Floral interpretations of works of art from the Museum's permanent collection. Francisco Zúñiga. Mother and Daughter Seated, December 27, 1912-August 9, 1998. Bronze. 1971.27.

SAN DIEGO – Nearly 80 floral designers will transform famous works of art from The San Diego Museum of Art’s permanent collection into exquisite floral interpretations for the Museum’s 31st annual Art Alive exhibition. As the Museum’s signature fundraiser and a San Diego tradition, Art Alive 2012 brings the permanent collection to life in a unique and beautiful way, including vibrant displays of color, texture and shape, resulting in a not-to-be-missed experience of fun, flowers, and fantastic art.

In addition to the floral masterpieces found throughout the Museum galleries, Jim Lennox and Ben Lucero from Pacific Event Productions, Inc. will transform the Rotunda into a veritable secret garden for visitors as they enter the building.

This year’s exhibition will be open to the public Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to viewing the exhibition during Museum hours, visitors can take part by attending other events, including:

Opening Celebration

Thursday, April 12 at 7-11 p.m.

The Art Alive Opening Celebration will be an indulgence for the senses. Set in the beautiful Sculpture Court and Garden at The San Diego Museum of Art, guests will experience San Diego’s best cuisine by more than 20 restaurants, including Nobu, Mille Fleurs and The Shores at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Cocktails will be provided by our event sponsor, Patrón. The celebration will be accented with music by Rick Ross, the multitalented San Diego pianist. The event will also include a fun and unique silent auction boasting items from flying lessons to custom jewelry - there is truly something for everyone.

Floral Lecture: Flower bouquets in the work of Marc Chagall

A personal take by his granddaughter Bella Meyer

Friday, April 13 at 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

This year’s floral lecture is a family affair, as well-known New York floral designer, Bella Meyer discusses flower bouquets and the work of her grandfather, Marc Chagall.

Flowers After Hours

Friday, April 13, 7-10 p.m.

San Diego’s late-night bloomers can celebrate Art Alive in the posh Patrón-sponsored special edition of Culture & Cocktails, Flowers After Hours. The event includes a signature cocktail, live entertainment and activities while guests peruse the exhibition. Tickets should be purchased in advance, as the event usually sells out. This year, the Museum will feature an opportunity drawing for a trip to Hawaii.

Floral Workshop with René van Rems

Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.

On Saturday morning guests can participate in the workshop, Mille Fleurs: French Inspired Design with Garden Flowers, with world-renowned florist, René van Rems. All levels of floral skill are welcome and space is limited.

For Families

Kids and their families can also experience a variety of hands-on activities, including: creating floral arrangements from art materials, participating in a Museum-wide flower hunt, and listening to nature-inspired stories at the Garden of Activities from noon until 5p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information or to make a donation in support of this San Diego tradition, please call the Art Alive Hotline at (619) 696-1999, or contact the Museum via e-mail at artalive@sdmart.org. Tickets to Art Alive can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Admission Prices:

The San Diego Museum of Art Members - Free

General Art Alive Exhibition Admission - $15 (includes seniors, military, and students)

Youth (6–17) - $5, Children 5 and under - Free

Art Alive provides critical financial support that allows for the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the Museum’s permanent collection. This year’s signature sponsor, Audrey Geisel and the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, in addition to Crystal Sponsors, Sharon and Joel Labovitz, invite you to join us and help to maintain a critical program for our community.

General Information: (619) 232-7931, Group Sales: (619) 696-1935, Website: http://www.TheSanDiegoMuseumofArt.org, Twitter: @SDMA, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheSanDiegoMuseumofArt