October 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

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.

November 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

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.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

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.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

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.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

In conjunction with the exhibition Beauty, join SJMA for a hands-on examination of textile design. Learn to use design principles and experiment with composition, repetition, and color to create your own textile pattern.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Re-examine traditional ideas about beauty and artistic materials as you repurpose drinking straws to create geometric forms. Design unique hanging decorations to keep or give away this holiday season during this drop-in workshop.

December 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

SJMA is the only West Coast venue for the prestigious design triennial organized by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Join Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs Susan Sayre Batton for highlights of this showcase of cutting-edge design

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

As Diana Thater captures in Untitled (Butterfly Videowall #2) (2008), on view in the exhibition Indestructible Wonder, the monarch butterfly is a beautiful symbol of a changing world. These insects have adapted to many dramatic changes on Earth for eons. Mia Monroe is a volunteer with the Xerces Society and local coordinator of the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count. Monroe will explore the dramatic life cycle, the unbelievable migration, and newly discovered biology of the monarch butterfly. Learn what is being done to protect the monarch throughout the west and tips on viewing these butterflies at a local overwintering site.