The exhibition Life and Labor: The Photographs of Milton Rogovin features powerful, high-contrast images of working-class Americans made during the 1970s and 1980s. Rogovin’s strong, bold point of view is matched by his equally strong photographic aesthetic. Learn the principles of black-and-white photography, including both film and digital practices, in this threehour workshop. Artist and instructor Emilio Banuelos will teach you how to create rich texture, strong contrast, compelling lighting arrangements, and compositions with impact.
Since the early days of the medium in the nineteenth century, photographers have documented the concerns and problems of the world around them. Milton Rogovin, whose work is on view in the exhibition Life and Labor, was motivated to expose the plight of the poor and working class. Ken Light, Reva and David Logan Professor of Photojournalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak about artists who similarly have championed social causes in their art.
SJMA is the only West Coast venue for Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Celebrate the opening of this stunning showcase of the best in international design.
Perhaps the most popular—and Instagrammed—objects in Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial are the “Afreaks,” a series of fantastical, beaded “creatures” co-created by Niki and Simon Haas, known as The Haas Brothers, and The Haas Sisters, a group of women from South African townships.
Celebrate El Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at this festive family event with live performances, cultural demonstrations, and artmaking experiences for all ages.
For years designers were handed a bundle of more-or-less technical components with the instruction, “make it pretty.” The best of them did so. But today, visual appeal is only a small part of the experience of a product. Barry Katz, consulting professor, Design Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California and professor of industrial and interaction design, California College of the Arts, San Francisco will explore today’s complex, multifaceted approach to the designer’s age-old task of giving form to function.
Are you interested in art? Do you enjoy sharing your passion about art with children and school groups? Consider becoming a Let’s Look at Art Docent.
This annual event for pre-K–eighthgrade teachers demonstrates the importance of integrating the arts into the classroom. The conference is co-sponsored by the Connie Lurie College of Education at San José State University and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. It brings students, teachers, and parents together with local artists and arts organizations to share the joys and benefits of teaching through the arts.
Rory Padeken, associate curator, will share his insights on the exhibition he curated and discuss artists’ approaches to environmental issues in the exhibition Indestructible Wonder.
Artist Evan Holm (whose work is included in the exhibition Indestructible Wonder) brings a new dimension to the word “DJ”: in his performance piece Submerged Turntables, he plays records underwater. Holm says “tone, melody and ultimately song is pulled back out of the pool, past the veil of the subconscious, out from under the crush of time, and back into a living and breathing realm.” Holm will spin the soundtrack for an evening of cocktails and creative fun inspired by the fall exhibitions.
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