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The San Jose Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connections with every visit. Welcoming and thought-provoking, the Museum rejects stuffiness and delights visitors with its surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time.

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, the San José Museum of Art (SJMA) celebrated Lunar New Year with a day a day of hands-on...
02/28/2020

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, the San José Museum of Art (SJMA) celebrated Lunar New Year with a day a day of hands-on
art-making activities, live performances and demonstrations, and "Ấp Ủ: Identity | Journey | Legacy," a sampling of artworks by San José’s Vietnamese elders, presented as part of Hidden Heritages, a two-year partnership between Chopsticks Alley, SJMA, and the Office of Cultural Affairs.

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, the San José Museum of Art (SJMA) celebrated Lunar New Year with a day a day of hands-on
art-making activities, live performances and demonstrations, and "Ấp Ủ: Identity | Journey | Legacy," a sampling of artworks by San José’s Vietnamese elders, presented as part of Hidden Heritages, a two-year partnership between Chopsticks Alley, SJMA, and the Office of Cultural Affairs.
Performers and demonstrations by Karen Tsugawa, Korean Cultural Center Urisawe, and Rising Phoenix Lion Dance Association.

Elation! It's a banner year for Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival on Tuesday, March 3 - Sunday, March 15, 2020. You...
02/27/2020

Elation! It's a banner year for Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival on Tuesday, March 3 - Sunday, March 15, 2020. You won't want to miss this year's festival which promises to be one of their best.

Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers, the 2020 edition of Cinequest will do as much with Film & Technology as ever while expanding to include additional creative experiences such as virtual and augmented realities, fashion, writing, television, dance, art & design, a creativity summit, and more! Just 5 more days. cineqeust.org.

Thank you for coming out for Community Day: Lunar New Year! Special thanks to our partners and friends who made this day...
02/23/2020

Thank you for coming out for Community Day: Lunar New Year! Special thanks to our partners and friends who made this day possible! @ San José Museum of Art

🐀 A new cycle of the zodiac begins at SJMA's Community Day: Lunar New Year, Sat, Feb 22, 11am–4pm, free for everyone! Ce...
02/21/2020

🐀 A new cycle of the zodiac begins at SJMA's Community Day: Lunar New Year, Sat, Feb 22, 11am–4pm, free for everyone! Celebrate the Year of the Rat with art-making activities, demonstrations, and cultural performances. Details at sjmusart.org/CommunitDay.

02/21/2020

@arnie.sainz and his trio playing at SJMA’s Third Thursdays, as part of @sanjosejazz’s cool lineup for #SJZWinterfest 2020. 🎹🎶

"New Age wisdom was about to be conveyed by new technologies– with Rapoport as a mischievous mistress of ceremonies."— J...
02/19/2020
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"New Age wisdom was about to be conveyed by new technologies– with Rapoport as a mischievous mistress of ceremonies."— Jeffrey Edalatpour, Metro

See "Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm" at SJMA, on view through July 5, 2020.

Orbs drift and collide with lines. Some of them open up, dissolve or overlap with grids. Color mutates like lava fields on distant planets. These paintings retain an abstract narrative but they also nod to architectural forms and organic shapes. They could be hieroglyphics sent directly to Rapoport'...

Will you be our #MuseumValentine? 🌹💝Image: #AndreaAckerman, “Rose Breathing,” 2003. 3-D computer animation, stereo sound...
02/14/2020

Will you be our #MuseumValentine?
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Image: #AndreaAckerman, “Rose Breathing,” 2003. 3-D computer animation, stereo sound, projector, 34 second continuous loop, variable size; Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Collection Committee; 2007.15.

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science! 👩‍🔬Women artists have incorporated their background or interest i...
02/12/2020

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science! 👩‍🔬
Women artists have incorporated their background or interest in science to create innovative and monumental works of art. #WomenInScience

Images:
Rina Banerjee, "Take me, take me, take me...to the Palace of Love," 2003. Installation view of "Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World," on view through October 6, 2019. Courtesy of the artist, RB Storage, NYC.

Catherine Wagner, "Pomegranate Wall," 2000. Ten light boxes with printed duratrans, fluorescent lights, metal frame; 96 × 480 inches; Collection of the San José Museum of Art. Acquired from the artist upon the completion of the San José Museum of Art artist residency fellowship, awarded to the artist in 1997; 2001.40. Photo by Phil Bond.

#ICYMI: The opening of “Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm” and a preview of @newballet.sanjose’s Fast Forward program at #Facebo...
02/11/2020

#ICYMI: The opening of “Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm” and a preview of @newballet.sanjose’s Fast Forward program at #FacebookFirstFridays!
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Photos by Sharon Kenney Photography @ San José Museum of Art

Visitors attended the opening of "Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm" which included a re-creation of the artist's 1983 performan...
02/10/2020

Visitors attended the opening of "Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm" which included a re-creation of the artist's 1983 performance.

Attendees were asked how they felt, then had their biorhythm generated by a computer, and then consulted a palm reader.

Also included in the night's festivities was a preview of New Ballet's Fast Forward program with music by DJ Nina Sol + resident DJ Chale Brown.

Photos by Sharon Kenney Photography.

Visitors attended the opening of "Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm" which included a re-creation of the artist's 1983 performance.

Attendees were asked how they felt, then had their biorhythm generated by a computer, and then consulted a palm reader.

Also included in the night's festivities was a preview of New Ballet's Fast Forward program with music by DJ Nina Sol + resident DJ Chale Brown.

Photos by Sharon Kenney Photography.

A sneak preview of "Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm," opens tonight at #FacebookFirstFridays! 📈
02/08/2020

A sneak preview of "Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm," opens tonight at #FacebookFirstFridays! 📈

"[Sonya Rapoport] was at the forefront of new media art practices and her keen interest in the quantified-self — and its...
02/06/2020
San Jose Museum of Art show celebrates Sonya Rapoport

"[Sonya Rapoport] was at the forefront of new media art practices and her keen interest in the quantified-self — and its perils — merits particular consideration today."—Kathryn Wade, assistant curator.

Catch a recreation of the artist's 1983 performance, originally showcased at Works/San José, art and performance center, and a preview of The New Ballet's Fast Forward Program at Facebook First Fridays: Sonya Rapoport + The New Ballet Preview.

The museum’s new exhibition, “Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm” showcases the work of the late conceptual artist, who incorporated computer work into her art.

02/05/2020

Western Monarchs annually migrate to forested groves along the coast of California. #WesternMonarchDay 🧡

In “Untitled (Butterfly Wall #2), artist #DianaThater filmed the movement of a single butterfly at the El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Mexico—with the orange light as a metaphor for daybreak, when the butterfly opens its wings for warmth.

Diana Thater, "Untitled (Butterfly Videowall #2)," 2008. Five flat-screen LCD monitors, one Blu-ray player, one Blu-ray disc, one distribution amplifier, two fluorescent light fixtures, and Lee light filters; Dimensions variable. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisitions Committee with additional funds provided by the Lipman Family Foundation. 2016.05.

On this day 25 years ago, “Andy Goldsworthy: Breath of Earth” opened at SJMA. For this exhibition, Goldsworthy transform...
02/04/2020

On this day 25 years ago, “Andy Goldsworthy: Breath of Earth” opened at SJMA. For this exhibition, Goldsworthy transformed the second floor galleries with installations inspired by California’s natural resources.

Originally curated by Urla Hill in 2007, "Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Power" examines the broader history of ...
02/04/2020

Originally curated by Urla Hill in 2007, "Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Power" examines the broader history of athletics at San José State beyond Tommie Smith and within the historical framework of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. On view at SJMA through April 5, 2020. #BlackHistoryMonth
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Image: L2006-14-41 John Carlos and Tommie Smith, Speed City, 1968. Photo by Jeff Krott

Today and tomorrow SJMA is free for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders #MuseumsOnUs for the first weekend of ...
02/01/2020

Today and tomorrow SJMA is free for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders #MuseumsOnUs for the first weekend of February. See how technologies developed in Silicon Valley have intrigued and inspired artistic experimentation in "Almost Human: Digital Art from the Permanent Collection."

SJMA's Summer Kids Art Camp is a week of fun, creativity, and artistic growth. Learn more at sjmusart.org/kids-art-camp-...
01/31/2020

SJMA's Summer Kids Art Camp is a week of fun, creativity, and artistic growth. Learn more at sjmusart.org/kids-art-camp-summer.

Priority members' registration begins tomorrow February 1 with general registration begins February 8.

“Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm” opens at SJMA on Feb. 7, 5pm, at Facebook First Fridays: Sonya Rapoport + The New Ballet Pre...
01/31/2020

“Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm” opens at SJMA on Feb. 7, 5pm, at Facebook First Fridays: Sonya Rapoport + The New Ballet Preview. Free for everyone.

The exhibition focuses on a decade of rapid transformation in the artist’s practice—from her first SJMA exhibition of paintings in 1974 to her computer-mediated interactive performances—examining the artist’s prescient exploration of computer-collected and -analyzed personal data and its aesthetic and cultural implications.

Image: Sonya Rapoport, "Koch II," 1973–75. Spray acrylic and graphite on canvas; 72 x 96 inches. Estate of Sonya Rapoport.

Today, Knight Foundation announced SJMA as one of four organizations sharing $775K to build the San José's arts communit...
01/29/2020

Today, Knight Foundation announced SJMA as one of four organizations sharing $775K to build the San José's arts community. Learn more about our projects and see all four programs receiving funding at kf.org/SJarts20.

Catch a preview of The New Ballet's upcoming performance, Fast Forward, at Facebook First Fridays: Sonya Rapoport + The ...
01/29/2020

Catch a preview of The New Ballet's upcoming performance, Fast Forward, at Facebook First Fridays: Sonya Rapoport + The New Ballet Preview.

Get yourself a modern art museum that does it all. 📷🎨 #DollyPartonChallengeImage captions (clockwise from top-left):Alfr...
01/27/2020

Get yourself a modern art museum that does it all. 📷🎨 #DollyPartonChallenge

Image captions (clockwise from top-left):

Alfred Stieglitz, “Portrait of Dorothy Norman” (detail), 1932. Photogravure on paper. Gift of Arthur J. Goodwin. 1997.24.116.03.

Carlee Fernandez, “Self Portrait: Portrait of My Father, Manuel Fernandez” (detail), 2006. Chromogenic print on paper, 18 x 12 inches. Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation. 2010.06.01-.02.

Genevieve Gaignard, ‘Selfie” (detail), 2016. Chromogenic print, 21 x 31 inches. Museum Purchase with funds contributed by the Council of 100. 2018.05.01

David Ligare, “Areta (Black Figure on a White Horse)” (detail), Oil on canvas, 96 x 116 inches. Museum purchase with funds contributed by Drew and Katie Gibson and the Lipman Family Foundation. 2001.18.

Only two more weeks until “Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm” opens at #FacebookFirstFridays! Catch a recreation of #SonyaRapopo...
01/24/2020

Only two more weeks until “Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm” opens at #FacebookFirstFridays! Catch a recreation of #SonyaRapoport’s 1983 performance and have your #biorhythm read. 📈

Sonya Rapoport, "Koch II" (detail), 1973–75. Spray acrylic and graphite on canvas; 72 x 96 inches. Estate of Sonya Rapoport. @sonya.rapoport

Happy #LibraryShelfie Day! 📚SJMA partnered with @sanjoselibrary to compile a booklist inspired by themes of activism and...
01/22/2020

Happy #LibraryShelfie Day! 📚

SJMA partnered with @sanjoselibrary to compile a booklist inspired by themes of activism and civil rights from the exhibition "With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith." A selection can be found in the exhibition's reading area and you can check them out at your local branch. The booklist is available online at sjmusart.org/drawnarms.

We're a #WarholGrantee! SJMA's Lauren Schell Dickens, senior curator, received a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation f...
01/22/2020
ICA Miami and LA MoCA Among New Andy Warhol Foundation Grantees

We're a #WarholGrantee! SJMA's Lauren Schell Dickens, senior curator, received a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for research on Filipino art, and notions of nationhood, identity, migration, immigration, colonialism, and economic pressures.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is awarding $3.93 million to forty-six organizations from nineteen states for its fall 2019 grant cycle. The funds will support visual arts programs, upcoming exhibitions, and curatorial research. Among the first-time recipients of grants from the found...

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."– Martin Luther King, Jr.Installation view of "With Drawn Arms: G...
01/20/2020

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Installation view of "With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith," San José Museum of Art, California, 2019. Photo by JKA Photography.

#ICYM: Today and tomorrow are the last days to see "Beta Space: Pae White."
01/18/2020

#ICYM: Today and tomorrow are the last days to see "Beta Space: Pae White."

"What these works do offer are my personal emotions around learning about my diaspora. I’ve always thought about it, but...
01/17/2020
Gravity at Play: Woody De Othello

"What these works do offer are my personal emotions around learning about my diaspora. I’ve always thought about it, but recently I’ve been feeling it. There’s a lot of joy and enlightening feelings around this investigation, but some stories and accounts are tragic, unjust, and heart-wrenching."– Woody De Othello

Woody De Othello was in conversation with Chiara Moioli of Mousse. See the exhibition "Breathing Room" at SJMA, on view through April 5, 2020.

Woody De Othello interviewed by Chiara Moioli   “In the vale that disguises one flesh from the other we were but reflections of rooms that hold echoes across the divide” . —Grouper, “Call Across Rooms,” from Ruins (Chicago: kranky, 2014)   To his recall, Woody De Othello has always been ...

🎧TOMW, THU, JAN 16, 6pm: See live #indiemusic at #Soundscaping SJMA 2020, presented by @sjmade in collaboration with @sj...
01/16/2020

🎧TOMW, THU, JAN 16, 6pm: See live #indiemusic at #Soundscaping SJMA 2020, presented by @sjmade in collaboration with @sjcomeup. Featuring @ian_santillano, @mildmonkmusic, @something.ok_, @zelma.stone, @astynturr with featured drink maker @academiccoffeesj. $5 after 5pm, deets on our profile link. @contentmag

Mild Monk is featured in Content's latest issue. Check him out along with other local indie artists at tomorrow's Sounds...
01/15/2020

Mild Monk is featured in Content's latest issue. Check him out along with other local indie artists at tomorrow's Soundscaping 2020 co-presented by San Jose Made (SJMADE) and The Come Up.

FEATURED: Mild Monk @mildmonkmusic
issue 12.0 “Discover” bit.ly/discover120 (Link in Bio)

“I really value time for reflection, and I think that requires solitude.”__Mild Monk

Hear him perform at Come Up’s Soundscaping Thursday, January 16th 2020 6pm-9pm at the San José Museum of Art. Admission is $5 and all our welcome. Flyer design

Producedby @sjmade
and @san_jose_museum_of_art, Soundscaping will feature live music within the exhibitions.

Music acts also includes: @ian_santillano @astynturr @zelma.stone and @something.ok_

Flyer design by @haleykhoob
Interview by @sjcomeup
Photography by @thecultivator
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#museum #sanjose #sjmusic #dtsj #downtownsanjose #soundscaping #art #design #exhibitions #localevents #magazine #WeLoveprint #408Creates

Los Angeles-based artist Pae White transcends nearly all traditional boundaries—between art and design; craft and fine a...
01/14/2020

Los Angeles-based artist Pae White transcends nearly all traditional boundaries—between art and design; craft and fine art; theory and materiality.

"Beta Space: Pae White," on view through January 19, 2020.

Photo by Sharon Kenney.

“The randomness of it is so beautiful to me.”– Artist Pae White on her tapestry "foreverago" (2017).Pae White was recent...
01/13/2020
Pae White: Material History - Sculpture

“The randomness of it is so beautiful to me.”– Artist Pae White on her tapestry "foreverago" (2017).

Pae White was recently featured on Sculpture Magazine. See her solo exhibition "Beta Space" at SJMA through Sunday, January 19.

Pae White: Material History - Sculpture

"Beta Space: Pae White" is good as gold. Only one more week to see the exhibition.Repost from Instagram: laynahgao
01/12/2020

"Beta Space: Pae White" is good as gold. Only one more week to see the exhibition.

Repost from Instagram: laynahgao

01/11/2020

#OnView: Video artist #BillViola explores sense perception and the human consciousness. #AlmostHuman
Video: Bill Viola, “Memoria,” 2000. #DVD, DVD player, #projector, and silk. 24 x 30 x 60 inches. Museum purchase with funds contributed by Ann Marie and Averill Mix and from the Lipman Family Foundation.

"Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm" focuses on a decade of rapid transformation in the artist’s practice—from that first SJMA ex...
01/09/2020
Exhibitions + Collection

"Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm" focuses on a decade of rapid transformation in the artist’s practice—from that first SJMA exhibition to her interactive performances. Opens at SJMA February 7, 2020.

In 1984 artist Sonya Rapoport imagined a future fantasy world in which we consult computers to assess how we feel. Using data gathered at her 1983 interactive performance at WORKS/San José, Rapoport created a fictional computer program that could dictate participants’ moods. Computer Says I Feel ...

💁 #ShowAndTell: SJMA’s Let’s Look at Art docents prepped posters featuring various forms of art including @mac_arte’s mu...
01/09/2020

💁 #ShowAndTell: SJMA’s Let’s Look at Art docents prepped posters featuring various forms of art including @mac_arte’s mural. @ San José Museum of Art

🌅 A new dawn of music for a new decade. Get down to new sonic experiences by music creators next Thursday at #Soundscapi...
01/08/2020

🌅 A new dawn of music for a new decade. Get down to new sonic experiences by music creators next Thursday at #SoundscapingSJMA #2020, presented by @SJMade in collab with @sjcomeup. Deets at sjmusart.org/Soundscaping2020.

#NationalTechnologyDay: "Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm" considers the artist’s prescient exploration of computer-collected a...
01/06/2020
Exhibitions + Collection

#NationalTechnologyDay: "Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm" considers the artist’s prescient exploration of computer-collected and -analyzed personal data and its aesthetic and cultural implications.

In 1984 artist Sonya Rapoport imagined a future fantasy world in which we consult computers to assess how we feel. Using data gathered at her 1983 interactive performance at WORKS/San José, Rapoport created a fictional computer program that could dictate participants’ moods. Computer Says I Feel ...

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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.

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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.