The James Hubbell: Architecture of Jubilation opening reception at the downtown Central Library Gallery was a resounding success! We’re overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible turnout. Hubbell enthusiasts enjoyed lively conversation, delicious refreshments, and the vibrant sounds of DJ Pablo Dodero, all while basking in the beauty of a San Diego sunset.

James Hubbell: Architecture of Jubilation will be showing concurrently at these library branch locations near you! Visit to learn more about the artist James Hubbell and TheArchitecture of Jubilation, and see films about his work in partnership within the San Diego and Northern Baja communities, creating positive change through the transformational power of art.

Scripps Miramar Ranch Library features Hubbell Mountain Home & Studios—the source of creativity—where thousands make the pilgrimage to Ilan-Lael to walk its tranquil acreage and marvel at Hubbell’s architecture.

Mission Valley Library tells the story of Pacific Rim Project, Hubbell’s vision that nations located on the Pacific Rim can find common ground through art.

Otay Mesa-Nestor Library focuses on James Hubbell’s work in Northern Baja California, working side by side—Lado a Lado—building a school in Tijuana, the Kumeyaay Museum in Tecate and Kuchumaa Passage, Hubbell’s first experiment in community-built art parks.

Exhibit Curation: Marianne Gerdes
Exhibit Design: Laurie Dietter
Central Library Art Gallery Curator: Bonnie Domingos
Central Library Art Gallery Assistant: Sarah Banks

With support from the Ilan-Lael Foundation and Hubbell Studios
Rhi Burmeister, Laurel Costa, Ben Gadbois, Dylan Hubbell, Mati Moon, Cindy Mushet-Shriver, Mary Ann Prue, Dan Throner, and Armando De La Torre


Ilan-Lael WDC2024 Featured Events at Central Library

  • March 19th at 6pm
    Film Showing – Director’s Cut, “James Hubbell-Between Heaven and Earth
    Presented by Marianne Gerdes
    Neil Morgan Room, SD Central Library
  • April 22nd at 6pm
    Dave Hampton, author of San Diego’s Craft Revolution: From Post-War Modern to California Design, presents “James Hubbell at Midcentury: His Early Years in the San Diego Art Community”
    San Diego Central Library
  • May 21st at 6pm
    Keith York, Principal of Modern San Diego and author of The Sensuous Environment, San Diego Central Library

Special Thanks to James and Anne Hubbell, the entire Hubbell family, Library Foundation SD, Patton Fine Homes, Rancho La Puerta, and John Durant Photographer.

This exhibition was made possible by a collaboration between the San Diego Public Library, the San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, the Library Foundation SD and the Ilan-Lael Foundation. This Project is an official community initiative of the World Design Capital San Diego/ Tijuana 2024.

 PHOTOS: Katie Gardner