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Happy #MayTheFourth from the San José Museum of Art! The Museum has gone to the birds! But don’t worry, we’ll get these ...
05/04/2021

Happy #MayTheFourth from the San José Museum of Art! The Museum has gone to the birds! But don’t worry, we’ll get these lil #porgs back safely to Ach-To by Friday, when we open at 11am! SJMA is open until 8pm or later every first Friday of the month, and 11am–5pm Friday through Sundays.
#StarWars #Porg #HappyMayTheFourth #StarWarsDay #MayTheFourthBeWithYou #Maythe4th #TheLastJedi

Happy #MayTheFourth from the San José Museum of Art! The Museum has gone to the birds! But don’t worry, we’ll get these lil #porgs back safely to Ach-To by Friday, when we open at 11am! SJMA is open until 8pm or later every first Friday of the month, and 11am–5pm Friday through Sundays.
#StarWars #Porg #HappyMayTheFourth #StarWarsDay #MayTheFourthBeWithYou #Maythe4th #TheLastJedi

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! This school year has been challenging and your efforts to provide a positive educationa...
05/04/2021

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! This school year has been challenging and your efforts to provide a positive educational experience to your students have not gone unnoticed. We at SJMA have continued our goal of providing visual art education resources to teachers, parents, and students. Now that the Museum has reopened, it's a perfect time to express our gratitude to you.

K–12 teachers working in Santa Clara County, please enjoy our Digital Swag Bag at bit.ly/SJMAThanksTeachers and we look forward to working with you and your classes in the future.

Amy S
SJMA Education

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FREE ADMISSION FOR TEACHERS
Your visit is on us! Teachers receive FREE admission to SJMA with their Teacher ID Badge!

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FREE DRINK FROM EL CAFECITO
Show the Digital Swag Bag email and your Teacher ID Badge at the café in order to receive a complimentary beverage of your choice. Free beverage available through May 9. The museum café is open Friday through Sunday, 9am–3pm.

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FREE MUG FROM THE MUSEUM STORE
Show the Digital Swag Bag email and your Teacher ID Badge to the Museum Store attendant to receive a free SJMA mug. Free SJMA mug available through May 9. The Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday, 11am–5pm.

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STEAM PROJECT VIDEOS
Need some project inspiration for your class? Check out our 100+ STEAM video tutorials at sjmusart.org/ArtFromHome

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LET'S LOOK AT ART + ART IN THE DARK
Sign up for a free art discussion and presentation in your classroom virtually led by SJMA docents for Let's Look at Art (grades K–5) and Art in the Dark (grades 6–12). Learn more at sjmusart.org/education.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! This school year has been challenging and your efforts to provide a positive educational experience to your students have not gone unnoticed. We at SJMA have continued our goal of providing visual art education resources to teachers, parents, and students. Now that the Museum has reopened, it's a perfect time to express our gratitude to you.

K–12 teachers working in Santa Clara County, please enjoy our Digital Swag Bag at bit.ly/SJMAThanksTeachers and we look forward to working with you and your classes in the future.

Amy S
SJMA Education

____________________

FREE ADMISSION FOR TEACHERS
Your visit is on us! Teachers receive FREE admission to SJMA with their Teacher ID Badge!

____________________

FREE DRINK FROM EL CAFECITO
Show the Digital Swag Bag email and your Teacher ID Badge at the café in order to receive a complimentary beverage of your choice. Free beverage available through May 9. The museum café is open Friday through Sunday, 9am–3pm.

____________________

FREE MUG FROM THE MUSEUM STORE
Show the Digital Swag Bag email and your Teacher ID Badge to the Museum Store attendant to receive a free SJMA mug. Free SJMA mug available through May 9. The Museum Store is open Friday through Sunday, 11am–5pm.

____________________

STEAM PROJECT VIDEOS
Need some project inspiration for your class? Check out our 100+ STEAM video tutorials at sjmusart.org/ArtFromHome

____________________

LET'S LOOK AT ART + ART IN THE DARK
Sign up for a free art discussion and presentation in your classroom virtually led by SJMA docents for Let's Look at Art (grades K–5) and Art in the Dark (grades 6–12). Learn more at sjmusart.org/education.

Today marks the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month #APIHeritageMonth, a time to recognize t...
05/01/2021

Today marks the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month #APIHeritageMonth, a time to recognize the contributions and achievements of Americans with Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.

Artist and educator Ruth Asawa is known for her intricate and meticulous wire sculptures—having learned how to loop with wire from a craftsperson in Toluca, Mexico. Other known works include a narrative monument in front of the Federal Building in San José that depicts the history of the Japanese American community in California before incarceration—stories of immigration, agriculture, small business, and culture—as well as experiences in the camps.

Learn more about Ruth Asawa in our digital publication "50X50: Stories of Visionary Artists from the Collection" at 50x50.sjmusart.org.

#AsianAmericanHistory #AsianAmericanArtists #asianwomenartists

Images:
Ruth Asawa works on a looped-wire sculpture in her living room, ca. 1976. Artwork © The Estate of Ruth Asawa/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of The Estate of Ruth Asawa and David Zwirner. Photo by Allen Nomura.

Ruth Asawa, "Untitled" (S.035, Hanging Six-Lobed, Multilayered Interlocking Continuous Form within a Form with Spheres in the Second, Fifth, and Sixth Lobes), ca. 1962. Brass and copper wire, 88 x 15 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches. San José Museum of Art. Gift of the artist in honor of the San José Museum of Art’s 35th anniversary, 2003.28.03. Photograph by JKA Photography. Artwork © The Estate of Ruth Asawa/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of The Estate of Ruth Asawa and David Zwirner.

More than two hundred people gathered for the unveiling and dedication of Ruth Asawa’s Japanese American Internment Memorial, San José, California, March 5, 1994. Ruth Asawa Papers, M1585: Box X, Folder Y. Courtesy of the Department of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries. Artwork © Estate of Ruth Asawa. Photo by Fay Royal Baxter. Artwork © The Estate of Ruth Asawa/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of The Estate of Ruth Asawa and David Zwirner.

SJMA is saddened to hear the loss of William T. Wiley, who passed away on April 25 at the age of 83. Our heart goes out ...
04/30/2021
William T. Wiley, multifaceted artist and educator integral to Bay Area art scene, dies at 83

SJMA is saddened to hear the loss of William T. Wiley, who passed away on April 25 at the age of 83. Our heart goes out to Wiley's family and friends.

A renegade artist with interests in social, political, and environmental concerns, Wiley’s practice used a wide range of mediums such as drawing, painting, performance, assemblage, and printmaking. Wiley was a founder of the Bay Area Funk movement and a professor emeritus of the art department at UC Davis since 1968—having taught California artists such as Deborah Butterfield, Richard Shaw, and Bruce Nauman.

His death was due to complications from Parkinson's Disease, which he'd suffered from since 2014, said his son, Ethan Wiley.

Happy #InternationalJazzDay! Our friends at San Jose Jazz is holding their inaugural New Works Festival, Apr 29–May 8, f...
04/30/2021

Happy #InternationalJazzDay! Our friends at San Jose Jazz is holding their inaugural New Works Festival, Apr 29–May 8, featuring streamed and pop up video projection performances in DTSJ by exciting artists in jazz, blues, R&B, soul, and electronic music. Check out their free live stream tonight Apr 30, 7:30pm of Oran Elton Open Arms Project. Learn more at SanJoseJazz.org.

#WeCreate408 #Repost @sanjosejazz
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We're hoping to get back to producing live in-person music events in San Jose in the future. While we wait, join us for TONIGHT for our virtual New Works Fest featuring a FREE live performance from Oran Etkin in celebration of International Jazz Day.

What are you looking forward to? Imagine tomorrow. Make a wish for the future and share it whatever form you choose.

Imagínate el mañana. Pide un deseo para el futuro y compártelo de la forma que elijas.

Hãy tưởng tượng về ngày mai. Ước một điều gì đó cho tương lai và chia sẻ điều ước bằng bất kỳ hình thức nào quý vị muốn.

#wecreate408

Happy #InternationalJazzDay! Our friends at San Jose Jazz is holding their inaugural New Works Festival, Apr 29–May 8, featuring streamed and pop up video projection performances in DTSJ by exciting artists in jazz, blues, R&B, soul, and electronic music. Check out their free live stream tonight Apr 30, 7:30pm of Oran Elton Open Arms Project. Learn more at SanJoseJazz.org.

#WeCreate408 #Repost @sanjosejazz
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We're hoping to get back to producing live in-person music events in San Jose in the future. While we wait, join us for TONIGHT for our virtual New Works Fest featuring a FREE live performance from Oran Etkin in celebration of International Jazz Day.

What are you looking forward to? Imagine tomorrow. Make a wish for the future and share it whatever form you choose.

Imagínate el mañana. Pide un deseo para el futuro y compártelo de la forma que elijas.

Hãy tưởng tượng về ngày mai. Ước một điều gì đó cho tương lai và chia sẻ điều ước bằng bất kỳ hình thức nào quý vị muốn.

#wecreate408

Jitish Kallat’s "Event Horizon (the hour of the day of the month of the season)" (2014) documents a mundane panoramic ci...
04/29/2021

Jitish Kallat’s "Event Horizon (the hour of the day of the month of the season)" (2014) documents a mundane panoramic cityscape in a rainbow-hued lenticular print. The image shifts as the viewer changes position such that the same figures appear and reappear in different panels. Multiple timeframes are caught in a single image as if to suggest that history replays itself.

Join us in our upcoming online Book Club about the work on Wed, May 5 at 12pm. Compare and discuss similar themes of time and historical recall between Jitish Kallat's "Event Horizon" with novelist Salman Rushdie's "The Ground Beneath Her Feet," a retelling of the Orpheus myth with a female Indian rock star. Learn more at sjmusart.org/calendar.

Image: Installation photo of "South East North West: New Works from the Collection." On view at San José Museum of Art. On view Oct 30, 2020–Sep 19, 2021. Photo by J. Arnold, Impart Photography.

Jitish Kallat’s "Event Horizon (the hour of the day of the month of the season)" (2014) documents a mundane panoramic cityscape in a rainbow-hued lenticular print. The image shifts as the viewer changes position such that the same figures appear and reappear in different panels. Multiple timeframes are caught in a single image as if to suggest that history replays itself.

Join us in our upcoming online Book Club about the work on Wed, May 5 at 12pm. Compare and discuss similar themes of time and historical recall between Jitish Kallat's "Event Horizon" with novelist Salman Rushdie's "The Ground Beneath Her Feet," a retelling of the Orpheus myth with a female Indian rock star. Learn more at sjmusart.org/calendar.

Image: Installation photo of "South East North West: New Works from the Collection." On view at San José Museum of Art. On view Oct 30, 2020–Sep 19, 2021. Photo by J. Arnold, Impart Photography.

SJMA presents the Dr. Jerry Hiura Next Gen Visual Artist Award! In honor of the late Dr. Jerry Hiura, SJMA is offering a...
04/28/2021

SJMA presents the Dr. Jerry Hiura Next Gen Visual Artist Award! In honor of the late Dr. Jerry Hiura, SJMA is offering a scholarship that celebrates young visionary artists and supports their artistic practice and goals as they pursue higher education. High school seniors currently attending a school within Santa Clara County may submit a 2D work in response to this year's prompt and theme—Community, by May 16. Learn more at sjmusart.org/DrHiuraAward.

The San José Museum of Art Dr. Jerry Hiura Next Gen Visual Artist Award was created in honor of former Trustee Dr. Jerry Hiura, known affectionately as “Dr. Jerry”—a gifted individual dedicated to service, community, and the arts. A passionate advocate for multicultural arts, he served as chair of San José's Arts Commission and as president of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley. Dr. Jerry’s commitment towards advancing the local arts community in San José also included co-founding the Contemporary Asian Theater Scene, the Japantown Community Congress of San José, establishing the Three Japantown Landmarks Public Arts projects and Ikoinoba, quiet resting places, throughout Japantown. As a board member for Chopsticks Alley Art, he furthered the creative dialogue between Japanese and Vietnamese American art and history. Dr. Jerry’s countless contributions were recognized Statewide when he was appointed in 2002 by Governor Gray Davis to the California State Arts Council, where he served as vice-chair.

Photos by Noriko Slusser Photography.

Thank you all for coming out to see "Barring Freedom" over the weekend! Although the exhibition is now closed, you can s...
04/27/2021

Thank you all for coming out to see "Barring Freedom" over the weekend! Although the exhibition is now closed, you can still learn more about the artists featured at @ucsc_ias' BarringFreedom.org.

The Visualizing Abolition series continues through May, featuring artists, activists, scholars, and others united by their commitment to prison abolition. Learn more with the link in bio (Visualizing Abolition Series).

Thank you all for coming out to see "Barring Freedom" over the weekend! Although the exhibition is now closed, you can still learn more about the artists featured at @ucsc_ias' BarringFreedom.org.

The Visualizing Abolition series continues through May, featuring artists, activists, scholars, and others united by their commitment to prison abolition. Learn more with the link in bio (Visualizing Abolition Series).

Today is the last day to see #BarringFreedom at SJMA! We're open today, Sunday, April 25, 11am–5pm.* Learn how you can s...
04/25/2021

Today is the last day to see #BarringFreedom at SJMA! We're open today, Sunday, April 25, 11am–5pm.* Learn how you can safely visit the Museum at sjmusart.org.

Co-organized with Institute of the Arts and Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, "Barring Freedom" features works by twenty US-based artists that challenge how individuals see and understand our nation’s prison industrial complex—a nexus of policing, surveillance, detention, and imprisonment.

If you attended any @ucsc_ias' Visualizing Abolition program, participants and attendees are invited to visit "Barring Freedom exhibition" on us! Use the code word VA-OFFER for your complimentary tickets at checkout. Please have your Visualizing Abolition program confirmation when you redeem your tickets on the day of your visit.

*SJMA has implemented a dedicated hour of each day for our most vulnerable guests to enjoy the galleries. We invite seniors, those who are pregnant, and those with underlying health concerns to visit Friday–Sunday from 11am–12pm.

**SJMA is pleased to offer free individual admission for youth, college students, and teachers with valid ID.

***SJMA acknowledges essential and frontline workers by offering free admission with a current work ID or pay stub. This includes those that work in grocery stores, custodial staff, and transit workers. Through April 30, 2021.

04/25/2021

Today is the last day to see #BarringFreedom at SJMA! We're open today, Sunday, April 25, 11am–5pm.* Learn how you can safely visit the Museum at sjmusart.org.

Co-organized with Institute of the Arts and Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, "Barring Freedom" features works by twenty US-based artists that challenge how individuals see and understand our nation’s prison industrial complex—a nexus of policing, surveillance, detention, and imprisonment.

If you attended any @ucsc_ias' Visualizing Abolition program, participants and attendees are invited to visit "Barring Freedom exhibition" on us! Use the code word VA-OFFER for your complimentary tickets at checkout. Please have your Visualizing Abolition program confirmation when you redeem your tickets on the day of your visit.

*SJMA has implemented a dedicated hour of each day for our most vulnerable guests to enjoy the galleries. We invite seniors, those who are pregnant, and those with underlying health concerns to visit Friday–Sunday from 11am–12pm.

**SJMA is pleased to offer free individual admission for youth, college students, and teachers with valid ID.

***SJMA acknowledges essential and frontline workers by offering free admission with a current work ID or pay stub. This includes those that work in grocery stores, custodial staff, and transit workers. Through April 30, 2021.

Send a message to learn more.

Only two more days to see "Barring Freedom!" See the exhibition at SJMA through Sunday, April 25, open 11am–5pm.*#Barrin...
04/24/2021

Only two more days to see "Barring Freedom!" See the exhibition at SJMA through Sunday, April 25, open 11am–5pm.*

#BarringFreedom features works by twenty US-based artists that challenge how individuals see and understand our nation’s prison industrial complex—a nexus of policing, surveillance, detention, and imprisonment.

If you attended any Institute of the Arts and Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz's Visualizing Abolition programs, participants and attendees are invited to visit "Barring Freedom exhibition" on us! Use the code word VA-OFFER for your complimentary tickets at checkout. Please have your Visualizing Abolition program confirmation when you redeem your tickets on the day of your visit.

*SJMA has implemented a dedicated hour of each day for our most vulnerable guests to enjoy the galleries. We invite seniors, those who are pregnant, and those with underlying health concerns to visit Friday–Sunday from 11am–12pm.

**SJMA is pleased to offer free individual admission for youth, college students, and teachers with valid ID.

Only two more days to see "Barring Freedom!" See the exhibition at SJMA through Sunday, April 25, open 11am–5pm.*

#BarringFreedom features works by twenty US-based artists that challenge how individuals see and understand our nation’s prison industrial complex—a nexus of policing, surveillance, detention, and imprisonment.

If you attended any Institute of the Arts and Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz's Visualizing Abolition programs, participants and attendees are invited to visit "Barring Freedom exhibition" on us! Use the code word VA-OFFER for your complimentary tickets at checkout. Please have your Visualizing Abolition program confirmation when you redeem your tickets on the day of your visit.

*SJMA has implemented a dedicated hour of each day for our most vulnerable guests to enjoy the galleries. We invite seniors, those who are pregnant, and those with underlying health concerns to visit Friday–Sunday from 11am–12pm.

**SJMA is pleased to offer free individual admission for youth, college students, and teachers with valid ID.

Address

110 S Market St
San Jose, CA
95113

Directions from the Train Station (Caltrain): The Museum is a 15 minute/.75 mile walk from the Diridon station. Exit the station and turn right, then left onto San Fernando Street. The Museum is located at the corner of Market and San Fernando Streets. There is also a free DASH shuttle on the weekdays that runs near the Museum on Santa Clara street. VTA Buses (routes 63 & 65) provide service a block from the Museum (San Fernando & 1st). Directions for Light Rail: Exit at the Santa Clara Street stop. Walk to San Fernando Street, then walk west, toward Market Street. The Museum is located on the corner of San Fernando and Market Streets. Directions for VTA Bus Travel: The Museum is served by numerous bus lines. You may call VTA at (408)321-2300 or visit www.vta.org for schedule and route information.

Opening Hours

Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(408) 271-6840

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History

In 1969—during an era of peace, love, and tie-dye culture—a small group of San Jose citizens gathered together to transform the beautiful old library (threatened with demolition) into a fledgling art gallery. The democratic, grassroots spirit of this community movement has forever shaped the character of the San Jose Museum of Art, which remains dedicated to inclusivity, new thinking, and visionary ideals. In contrast to older museums often founded upon the riches of a few patrons, the soul of the SJMA reflects the hard work and civic pride of multitudes of supporters and volunteers over the years—of its public.

From the days of flower power to the dawn of the digital world, SJMA has continued to evolve with the times. In 1991, a handsome new wing was added to the landmark 19th-century building, making way for a growing permanent art collection, impressive international exhibitions, and an ambitious mission that bridges tradition and innovation. SJMA offers experiences that delight and engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Here, art nurtures life: it is a vision that connects minds and hearts.