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The Berenice Abbott: Changing New York exhibit is now open at The San Diego Museum of Art through June 16. Guests are invited to experience this monumental photography project that captures the rapid transformation of New York City in the 1930s. The series includes over 300 black-and-white photographs featuring a range of subjects—modern skyscrapers, harbors, highways, city squares, neighborhoods, storefronts, and hand-painted signs—that capture the essence of a specific time and place.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has announced Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s on view from April 18 through July 28. Forecast Form challenges conventional ideas about the region and reveals the Caribbean as a place defined by constant exchange, displacement, and movement rather than by geography, language, or ethnicity.

The Japanese Friendship Garden will welcome spring and celebrate the annual Japanese tradition of Hanami with the 2024 Cherry Blossom Festival from March 7-10. The garden will host a variety of daily performances and fun activities for the entire family, including taiko drummers and a cosplay contest. Visitors will be able to stroll the upper and lower garden to experience the various features of the property and enjoy the beauty of the blossoming Cherry Blossom Trees.

San Diego Botanic Garden will host its 4th annual World of Orchids in Spring 2024. The floral designs will feature impressive orchid specimens, locally bred hybrids, and rare species plants displayed in unique and unexpected ways. 

In celebration of the San Diego Natural History Museum's 150th birthday in 2024, the museum is offering free, one-time admission during the visitor's birthday month. The museum continues the party with a new outdoor Nature Trail, opening in spring 2024, showcasing varieties of beneficial plants native to the San Diego and Baja regions.

The Visions Museum of Textile Art, located in the Liberty Station Arts District, has three new exhibits for visitors to enjoy this spring. Tiny Pieces, Vast Visions combines four contemporary art quilters to showcase their mastery of the medium and the transformative power of "piecing." Sense of Place explores the interplay between urban landscapes and individual narratives with intricately crafted recycled paper, textiles, and soft materials. The Guardian Quilts displays the quilts of Irene Roderick, an Austin-based fiber artist. Her pieces challenge the perception of quilts as solely utilitarian, drawing inspiration from influential museum exhibitions that redefined quilts as fine art. All exhibits are on display through April 27. 

The NTC and Cygnet Theatre recently broke ground in the Liberty Station Arts District for The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Performing Arts Center. The space, anticipated to open in spring 2025, will include a 289-seat proscenium theatre and a 150-seat flexible studio space, as well as state-of-the-art back-of-house support spaces such as dressing rooms, two green rooms, a costume shop, dedicated rehearsal and orchestra spaces and more. 

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