Originally a painter, contemporary artist William Wegman became well known for photographs of his Weimaraners. Using gentle, subversive humor, Wegman parades through the history of art with references to iconic artists—Leonardo da Vinci, Edward Hopper, and Wassily Kandinsky—and art movements—from the Renaissance up through Minimalism and Pop Art. These playful visual puns often explore Wegman’s appreciation and admiration for the work of art itself, but they also invite the viewer to question what lies beyond the edge of the frame.
This exhibition will feature highlights from the collection of Barbara and Dixon Farley. SJMA recently received 44 works of art from the collection, including works by Jay DeFeo, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, Gay Outlaw, Richard Serra, James Siena, David Simpson, Richard Shaw, and Peter Wegner. This latest group of works joins the Farley’s earlier gift of 29 works given to the Museum following Mr. Farley’s death in 2012.
SJMA will present the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the renowned Japanese artist Tabaimo. Tabaimo creates alluring, large-scale, surreal animations that unfold from everyday objects and experiences such as train rides or dollhouses. The resulting installations immerse the viewers in an ever-changing environment. She creates her animations from thousands of drawings made with a traditional Japanese calligraphy brushes, and her imagery recalls Edo-period ukiyo-e prints and makes oblique reference to manga, anime, and Japanese pop culture.
SJMA will premiere this cross-disciplinary exploration of the U.S.-Mexico border developed collaboratively by photographer Richard Misrach and composer Guillermo Galindo. The exhibition features monumental landscapes by Misrach and hand-crafted musical instruments created by Galindo from found objects recovered at the border—a shoe, a water bottle, a backpack. Border Cantos offers audiences new avenues for approaching heated political issues around immigration, border security, and immigration reform: it transcends specificity and gives a poignant, humanitarian perspective on the plight of all immigrants.