This week we’ve been looking at the two shows installed in San Diego museums under the umbrella of a massive Getty effort to tell the story of art in Southern California in the four decades following World War II.

There are a couple of videos of the “Phenomenal” show at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego I wanted to share. (The other show, the one featuring craft and design at the Mingei, isn’t yet open.)

I especially loved this behind-the-scenes peek the museum posted, showing the precarious work of installing a prism-type acrylic sculpture made by artist Robert Irwin. (For more info on this piece and others in the exhibition, check out this great, detailed slideshow on the Pacific Standard Time website.)

Installing “Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego:

And here’s a survey of some of the major pieces in the show by Angela Carone at KPBS. See more examples of what museum head Hugh Davies calls “the most important native art movement to come out of Southern California” in the clip:

Many of these pieces also featured in a collection of photos Sam Hodgson posted yesterday.

I’m Kelly Bennett, the arts editor for VOSD. You can reach me directly at or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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