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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.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the staff at SJMA! 🎅
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the staff at SJMA! 🎅

Remember artist Rina Banerjee? She's included among other artists for this year's Dior Lady Art Project. #WishList
12/25/2019
Dior Lady Art Project Reflects Resurgence of Textile Art

Remember artist Rina Banerjee? She's included among other artists for this year's Dior Lady Art Project. #WishList

The latest crop of participants in the annual project suggests the art world is finally ready to embrace fabric.

#MuseumsOnUs Holiday Special: Present your active Bank of America®, Merrill®, Merrill Lynch®, Bank of America Private Ba...
12/23/2019

#MuseumsOnUs Holiday Special: Present your active Bank of America®, Merrill®, Merrill Lynch®, Bank of America Private Bank® or U.S. Trust® debit or credit card with a valid photo ID for one #free general admission to SJMA from December 26–31, 2019. Offer limited to card holder.

The Holiday Hat Trick Pass is Downtown San José's ultimate trifecta, an all-in-one ticket to SJMA,  Downtown Ice, and Th...
12/21/2019

The Holiday Hat Trick Pass is Downtown San José's ultimate trifecta, an all-in-one ticket to SJMA, Downtown Ice, and The Tech Interactive. ⛸🖼🕹

$28 (a savings of up to 54%). Purchase your pass at any of the three venues.

Visiting us soon? Please note our holiday hours:Tue, Dec 24, 2019 | Christmas Eve: 11am–3pmWed, Dec 25, 2019 | Christmas...
12/20/2019

Visiting us soon? Please note our holiday hours:

Tue, Dec 24, 2019 | Christmas Eve: 11am–3pm
Wed, Dec 25, 2019 | Christmas Day: Closed
Tue, Dec 31, 2019 | New Year's Eve: 11am–3pm
Wed, Jan 1, 2020 | New Year's Day: Closed

12/20/2019

Please note Café Too will be closed on Sunday, December 22, for a company party.

Coach "Yosh" Uchida of SJSU in front of his judogi from the 1964 Olympics in "Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Pow...
12/19/2019

Coach "Yosh" Uchida of SJSU in front of his judogi from the 1964 Olympics in "Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Power." 🥋

"The technologies developed in Silicon Valley have intrigued and inspired artistic experimentation for more than three d...
12/15/2019

"The technologies developed in Silicon Valley have intrigued and inspired artistic experimentation for more than three decades, and, today, pave a way toward the future."– Kathryn Wade, assistant curator at SJMA

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Original caption: "Listening Post by Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin at the @san_jose_museum_of_art."

"Woody De Othello: Breathing Room" is on Culture Type. See the artist's first solo presentation at SJMA through April 5,...
12/15/2019
On View: ‘Woody De Othello: Breathing Room’ at San José Museum of Art

"Woody De Othello: Breathing Room" is on Culture Type. See the artist's first solo presentation at SJMA through April 5, 2020.

  THE SAN JOSÉ MUSEUM OF ART acquired Defeated, depleted, (2018) by Woody De Othello last year. Shiny, black, anthropomorphic, and collapsing in on itself, the ceramic sculpture (above l...

"Kaino approaches each of his projects, whether from an institutional scale to more intimate, performative encounters, w...
12/14/2019
Glenn Kaino: The Builder Making Big Ideas Into Hopeful Spaces - LA Weekly

"Kaino approaches each of his projects, whether from an institutional scale to more intimate, performative encounters, with the same problem-solving perspective on personal experience that drives his presence as a citizen of the city and the world."– Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly

See "With Draw Arms: Tommie Smith and Glenn Kaino" at SJMA, on view through April 5, 2020.

A native of East L.A. and a graduate of UC San Diego and UC Irvine, Kaino approaches each of his projects, whether from an institutional scale to more intimate, performative encounters, with the same problem-solving perspective on personal experience that drives his presence as a citizen of the city...

12/12/2019

Gallery Talk: Pae White

"[Woody De Othello] animates the inanimate, capturing things in the act of inhaling, exhaling or holding their breath."–...
12/11/2019
Stronger Vessel | Metroactive

"[Woody De Othello] animates the inanimate, capturing things in the act of inhaling, exhaling or holding their breath."– Jeffrey Edalatpour

The electric light switches and sockets on the gallery walls are ceramic trompe l'oeils. Woody De Othello glazed them to catch and then trick the eye.

An evening of festive fun at the Young Professionals’ Holiday Cocktail Party, co-hosted by @Campbell_YP, #SanJoseMuseumo...
12/10/2019

An evening of festive fun at the Young Professionals’ Holiday Cocktail Party, co-hosted by @Campbell_YP, #SanJoseMuseumofArtYP, @siliconvalleyyoungprofessional, and #SVNext @thesiliconvalleyorganization.
Thank you to our event partners @delatierra_veganfood, @fortpointbeer, @gbbrewingco, @lulusmexican, @noxcookiebar, @sajjstreeteats, and @sushiconfidential.
Photos by Sharon Kenney Photography. @ San José Museum of Art

A festive evening of fun at the Young Professionals' Holiday Cocktail Party, co-hosted by Campbell Young Professionals, ...
12/09/2019

A festive evening of fun at the Young Professionals' Holiday Cocktail Party, co-hosted by Campbell Young Professionals, San José Museum of Art YP, Silicon Valley Young Professionals, and SV Next. Thank you to our event partners De La Tierra, Fort Point Beer Co., Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, LuLu’s, Nox Cookie Bar, Sajj Mediterranean, and Sushi Confidential. Photos by Sharon Kenney Photography.

A festive evening of fun at the Young Professionals' Holiday Cocktail Party, co-hosted by Campbell Young Professionals, San José Museum of Art YP, Silicon Valley Young Professionals, and SV Next. Thank you to our event partners De La Tierra, Fort Point Beer Co., Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, LuLu’s, Nox Cookie Bar, Sajj Mediterranean, and Sushi Confidential. Photos by Sharon Kenney Photography.

#ICYMI: Friday night holiday shenanigans at SJMA with @campbell_yp, @thesiliconvalleyorganization, @siliconvalleyyoungpr...
12/08/2019

#ICYMI: Friday night holiday shenanigans at SJMA with @campbell_yp, @thesiliconvalleyorganization, @siliconvalleyyoungprofessional, and #SJMAYP.🍻

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See how artists are utilizing different forms of technology for art in "Almost Human." Don't forget today and tomorrow i...
12/07/2019

See how artists are utilizing different forms of technology for art in "Almost Human."
Don't forget today and tomorrow is Bank of America #MuseumsOnUs, free admission for BofA and ML cardholders.

12/06/2019
Time-lapse: Installation of Pae White's "AGAMEMNOMICS"

From the design collections of the MAK Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, artist Pae White found a collection of forgotten toys made by an unknown Viennese designer in the 1920s. With these toys, she created a chess set and sent the images to eight artisans and fabricators around the world. Each workshop made their own interpretations of the chess set—leaving her project to chance and spontaneity.

Liz Gonzalez, Cecilia Chavez, and Christine Clifford of Silicon Valley De-Bug shares how multimedia storytelling can tra...
12/04/2019

Liz Gonzalez, Cecilia Chavez, and Christine Clifford of Silicon Valley De-Bug shares how multimedia storytelling can transform the lives of local community members. #ParticipatoryDefense #TimeSaved

Everyone loves a good deal. 🛍Starting today through Dec 8, SJMA members receive a special, members only, double discount...
12/03/2019

Everyone loves a good deal. 🛍

Starting today through Dec 8, SJMA members receive a special, members only, double discount at the Museum Store. Start your holiday shopping with 20% off all purchases, with the exception of already discounted items.

"William Wegman did not start his art career wanting to photograph dogs. But dogs, it turned out, wanted to be photograp...
12/03/2019
William Wegman: ‘Weimaraners are serious and try hard. They’re spooky and shadowy’

"William Wegman did not start his art career wanting to photograph dogs. But dogs, it turned out, wanted to be photographed by him."

Learn more about William Wegman and his iconic work on the artist's birthday.

Since the 1970s, William Wegman has been photographing his dogs in costumes and poses that are both funny and unsettling. It was all to do with ‘putting the ordinary out of sync’

Explore the "thought-provoking exhibit" #WithDrawnArms, listed as one of twelve unique Bay Area outings for holiday visi...
12/01/2019
12 unique Bay Area outings for holiday visitors – and you

Explore the "thought-provoking exhibit" #WithDrawnArms, listed as one of twelve unique Bay Area outings for holiday visitors. ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾✊🏻✊🏼

Here’s how to entertain those out-of-towners and holiday guess — and you! — this winter, from the interactive Warriors’ Hooptopia to holiday cocktail pop-ups, icy bumper car…

Today is Small Business Saturday! #ShopSmall and check out SJMA's Museum Store today to find playful wares this holiday ...
11/30/2019

Today is Small Business Saturday! #ShopSmall and check out SJMA's Museum Store today to find playful wares this holiday season. 🎁

No admission ticket required to visit the store.
Tue–Sun, 11am–5pm; Closed Monday.

#ShopSmall at SJMA's Museum Store tomorrow Saturday for Small Business Saturdays. Find a selection of children’s items, ...
11/29/2019

#ShopSmall at SJMA's Museum Store tomorrow Saturday for Small Business Saturdays.
Find a selection of children’s items, art books and stationary, stunning jewelry, and enticing contemporary gifts. SJMA's Museum Store provides free gift-wrapping on most items—select a gift and tour the galleries while we wrap your packages.

Please note our holiday hours this season:Thu, Nov 28, 2019 | Thanksgiving Day: ClosedTue, Dec 24, 2019 | Christmas Eve:...
11/27/2019

Please note our holiday hours this season:

Thu, Nov 28, 2019 | Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Tue, Dec 24, 2019 | Christmas Eve: 11am–3pm
Wed, Dec 25, 2019 | Christmas Day: Closed
Tue, Dec 31, 2019 | New Year's Eve: 11am–3pm
Wed, Jan 1, 2020 | New Year's Day: Closed

Born in Miami to a family of Haitian descent, artist #WoodyDeOthello is interested in the nature of many African objects...
11/27/2019

Born in Miami to a family of Haitian descent, artist #WoodyDeOthello is interested in the nature of many African objects, which offer both ritual and utilitarian functions and possess a spirit of their own. 𐃡

Check out "Woody De Othello: Breathing Room" at Facebook First Fridays, December 6, 5–9pm.

Photo by Sharon Kenney.

In "With Drawn Arms," visitors can see themselves reflected in the front of a life-sized statue of Tommie Smith, allowin...
11/26/2019

In "With Drawn Arms," visitors can see themselves reflected in the front of a life-sized statue of Tommie Smith, allowing them to locate their own individual experience within history.

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“I like to think about idea of transparency existing with opaqueness in ceramics.”Artist Woody De Othello explains his p...
11/22/2019

“I like to think about idea of transparency existing with opaqueness in ceramics.”

Artist Woody De Othello explains his philosophical inspiration and his artistic process in his first solo museum presentation “Breathing Room.”

ICYMI: Metro covered SJMA's Lunchtime Lecture with Urla Hill, curator of "Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black" Power,...
11/21/2019
Silicon Alleys: SJSU Track Stars Couldn't Outrun Racism in the 1950s | Metroactive

ICYMI: Metro covered SJMA's Lunchtime Lecture with Urla Hill, curator of "Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black" Power, in conversation with SJSU track star alumnis.

Of course, sitting there in the mostly vanilla crowd of museum members, I could not help but obsess over another San Jose State runner from that era: Bombay, India, native Maryleela Rao, whose story has likewise been forgotten. So with all massive respect for the accomplishments of Poynter et al, it...

Glenn Kaino's "Bridge" represents the continuing civil rights movement, rising in victory and descending in defeat along...
11/17/2019

Glenn Kaino's "Bridge" represents the continuing civil rights movement, rising in victory and descending in defeat along the journey.

See "Bridge," an installation composed of casts from Tommie Smith's arm raised in salute at the Olympic Games, in "With Drawn Arms." On view through April 5, 2020.

Photo by Sharon Kenney.

Hidden Heritages: San José's Vietnamese Legacy is a two-year partnership between Chopsticks Alley, SJMA, and the San Jos...
11/16/2019

Hidden Heritages: San José's Vietnamese Legacy is a two-year partnership between Chopsticks Alley, SJMA, and the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs to bring Vietnamese artists and community members together to share, amplify, and artistically present stories that reveal the contributions of Vietnamese Americans to San José. Learn more at sjmusart.org/HiddenHeritages.

The first workshop "Adventures in Contemporary Art" led Vietnamese elders on a bus tour to see and learn about contemporary art in downtown San José with stops at SJMA, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, MACLA / Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, murals on First Street, and Sofa Market.

This program is supported by a grant from SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose.

Courtesy of Chopsticks Alley. Photos by Martin Mijares.

#FeministFriday: Last week Fresh Dialogues host Alison van Diggelen led a panel of leading women at the intersection of ...
11/16/2019

#FeministFriday: Last week Fresh Dialogues host Alison van Diggelen led a panel of leading women at the intersection of art and activism.

Panelists included Julian Guthrie, author of Alpha Girls; Lauren Schell Dickens, SJMA senior curator; artist Ranu Mukherjee; and Usha Srinivasan founder and president of Sangam Arts. Learn more about SJMA's Corporate Leadership Council at sjmusart.org/corporate.

Photos by Sharon Kenney Photography.

On this day is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 launch, the second crew to land on the moon. 🚀🌕Sculptor Fred Myers ...
11/14/2019

On this day is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 launch, the second crew to land on the moon. 🚀🌕

Sculptor Fred Myers worked with scientists from Bell Laboratories to create "The Moon Museum," editions of tiny ceramic tiles with drawings by him and six other artists. Myers claimed he had one tile covertly attached to the Apollo 12 spacecraft to be left on the moon.

Image: John Chamberlain, Forest Myers, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol. "The Moon Museum," 1969. Color lithograph on tantalum nitrite surface. Gift in memory of Fred Waldhauer.

SJMA celebrated Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a full day of live entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and...
11/13/2019

SJMA celebrated Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a full day of live entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and art-making experiences.

SJMA celebrated Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a full day of live entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and art-making experiences.

Happy 179th birthday to legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin! Here’s a snapshot from “Rodin Bronzes in the Round,” SJMA’s pr...
11/12/2019

Happy 179th birthday to legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin! Here’s a snapshot from “Rodin Bronzes in the Round,” SJMA’s presentation of sculptures from Cantor Arts Center's collection in 1991.

👐 Next Sunday: Create clay sculptures inspired by #WoodyDeOthello in “Breathing Room” at @HigherFire_SJ. Register now at...
11/09/2019

👐 Next Sunday: Create clay sculptures inspired by #WoodyDeOthello in “Breathing Room” at @HigherFire_SJ. Register now at sjmusart.org/Clay101.
Class is $150 ($120 for SJMA members) and includes instruction, materials, tools, and access to the Museum day-of.

Network and mingle at this year's Young Professionals' Holiday Cocktail Party on FRI, DEC 6, 6–9pm, hosted by SJMA YP, S...
11/09/2019

Network and mingle at this year's Young Professionals' Holiday Cocktail Party on FRI, DEC 6, 6–9pm, hosted by SJMA YP, SVNext, Silicon Valley YP, and Campbell YP.

Celebrate the holiday season with complimentary drinks and festive appetizers. Early bird tickets on sale now at sjmusart.org/YPHolidayParty.

Photo by Gary Sexton Photography.

Like art, learning takes many forms. Today is #NationalSTEAMDay, a day to help kids advance in the field of science, tec...
11/08/2019

Like art, learning takes many forms. Today is #NationalSTEAMDay, a day to help kids advance in the field of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. ⚗️🔬⚙️🎨➕

As the largest provider of arts education in Santa Clara County, SJMA's educational offerings range from in-gallery reading areas and art-making activities, to tours, talks, and outreach into the area's schools. See how your students can make informed connections through art at sjmusart.org/education.

#ArtsEdMatter, #FullSTEAMAhead, #SJMAEducation, #408Creates

Tonight at SJMA’s Women in Leadership: Alpha Girls of Art and Activism with panelists Alison van Diggelen (@alisonvand),...
11/08/2019

Tonight at SJMA’s Women in Leadership: Alpha Girls of Art and Activism with panelists Alison van Diggelen (@alisonvand), Julian Guthrie (@julianguthrie), Ranu Mukherjee (@ranumukherjee), Lauren Schell Dickens, and Usha Srinivasan (@srinivasan455).

SJMA is excited to join a new consortium of art institutions from across the United States. Together, we will mount a na...
11/06/2019

SJMA is excited to join a new consortium of art institutions from across the United States. Together, we will mount a nationwide season of programming informed by feminist thought and practice—timed to coincide with the next presidential election.
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The Feminist Art Coalition represents an unprecedented collective endeavor by arts organizations in the US, of various different sizes, to generate and support public consciousness of feminist themes and catalyze civic engagement during a critical moment in history. Follow along with the movement and learn more about participating institutions @FeministArtCoalition. #FeministArtCoalition #VoteFeminist2020

Thank you for coming out for Community Day: Día de los Muertos at SJMA! 🌼💀...Shout out to @loslupenos, @sjmultiartguild,...
11/03/2019

Thank you for coming out for Community Day: Día de los Muertos at SJMA! 🌼💀
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Shout out to @loslupenos, @sjmultiartguild, #lissajones, #phylliscarrasco, and SJMA staff and volunteers.
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Save the date for our next Community Day on February 22. @ San José Museum of Art

Three new shows open tonight at SJMA’s #FacebookFirstFridays! ✨“With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith,” “Woody D...
11/02/2019

Three new shows open tonight at SJMA’s #FacebookFirstFridays! ✨
“With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith,” “Woody De Othello: Breathing Room,” and “Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Power” on view now through April 5, 2020.
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Join Smith on Friday, Nov 1, as he arrives in style to the opening reception of With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith, following his induction ceremony into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO. Kaino will complete his documentary of Smith’s life by filming the athlete’s homecoming to San José. Cheer Tommie on as he arrives to SJMA between 9–10pm. Galleries open until 11pm! @ San José Museum of Art

“Here we go. Join us, and we will join a lot of people through bridges.” Tommie Smith"With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and T...
11/01/2019
Olympian Tommie Smith Revisits the Art of Protest

“Here we go. Join us, and we will join a lot of people through bridges.” Tommie Smith

"With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith" is featured on Vanity Fair. The exhibition opens at the San José Museum of Art tomorrow evening at 5pm for Facebook First Fridays: Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception.

The athlete-activist and the artist Glenn Kaino took Smith’s 1968 protest as the starting point for an ongoing collaboration, With Drawn Arms. This week, as Smith is inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame, the exhibition comes to San Jose.

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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.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 20:00
Friday 18:00 - 19:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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(408) 271-6840

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