M. Davies: The David C. Copley Director: Museum
of Contemporary Art San Diego
M. Davies received his A.B. (1970) summa cum laude, M.F.A. (1972), and
Ph.D. (1976) from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton
University. Since 1983, he has been The David C. Copley Director of
the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Davies has served as curator
or co-curator for numerous MCASD exhibitions including: Robert Irwin:
Primaries and Secondaries (2007), Francis Bacon: The Papal Portraits
of 1953 (1999), William Kentridge: Weighing
(1998), John Altoon (1997), Blurring the Boundaries: 25 Years of
Installation Art (1996-97), and John Baldessari (1996). He
was one of six co-curators who organized the Biennial 2000 at the Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York, and in 1976 he served as Director
of the U.S. Exhibition at the 37th Venice Biennale. From 1975 to 1983
he was the founding director of the University Gallery at the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst, and since 1984 he has been a member of the
Association of Art Museum Directors, a Trustee from 1994-2001, and President
#1 What is your highlight Visual art experience from the last year?
"My highlight would be curating the Robert Irwin exhibition which
MCASD presented in the Jacobs and 1001 Kettner buildings October 07-
March 08 and writing/editing the catalogue/DVD that accompanied
the exhibition. I consider Irwin to be Californias most protean
artist for his innovation of Light and Space and the fact that he makes
his home in San Diego is a big boost for all of us who care about culture
in this region."
#2 What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
"I would wish to see San Diego become home to a greater number
of significant artists due to having more exhibition opportunities,
more collectors, more commercial galleries, more affordable housing
and more inexpensive studio space. Let the cultural climate match the
weather we enjoy."