Wexler writes: Dear Cosmos, a number of out-of-town packmates will be hounding me for things to do over the Labor Day weekend. What’s your take on this summer’s must-see closing exhibitions?
Cosmos: I can certainly relate to being hounded for things to do in Balboa Park. In fact, I pretty much make a living off of it. Although I’ve already sniffed out many of Balboa Park’s top dog shows in earlier blog posts, for the sake of our local procrastinators and out-of-town guests alike, I’ve dug up this list of summer’s biggest departing exhibitions.
Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain
(closing Sept. 9)
Though Sorolla and America (closing Aug. 26) got most of the buzz, The San Diego Museum of Art’s other major summer exhibition, featuring over 40 portraits by famed American realist Robert Henri, comes with its own set of must-see credentials — in spite of the fact it does not feature a single painting of dogs playing poker.
Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ships
(closing Sept. 1)
Digging up backyard “treasure” is something any pooch worth his or her paws can do. Digging up over 200 artifacts from the bottom of the sea from a real life pirate ship is another order of business. This immersive exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum features treasure chests of gold coins, jewelry, cannons, pistols, and a life-size replica of the ship’s stern.
Orphan Cars: Gone but Not Forgotten
(closing Sept. 26)
I’ll never forget the first car I chased as a young pup. It was just begging for attention. Now 17 of the most memorable cars ever made by companies that no longer exist are getting their own attention in a unique showcase of “orphan cars,” ranging in date from the 1905 Tourist to 1981 DeLorean, at the San Diego Automotive Museum.
After Ansel Adams
(closing Sept. 28)
Since the scope of my nature photography portfolio doesn’t extend beyond Balboa Park’s 1,200-acre campus, I have a keen appreciation for photographers like Ansel Adams who captured America’s greatest vistas before most people knew they existed. This display at the Museum of Photographic Arts reveals Adams’s lasting impact on those who followed in his paw prints.