We Are Listening

Video Preview | Creative Minds: Tommie Smith and Glenn Kaino
With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith explores one man’s action to raise his fist for what he believed in. And the whole world was listening. Last month, as part of SJMA’s popular Creative Minds series, artist Glenn Kaino and Olympian Tommie Smith revisited the Museum to speak about that life-changing moment. View a special preview of the Creative Minds talk HERE.

Behind-the-scene photos | Installation of Bridge
In order to exhibit Glenn Kaino’s monumental work, Bridge, the SJMA installation team had to design and build a custom rigging apparatus that was attached to the gallery's architecture to suspend such a large piece below a glass ceiling. The sculpture is comprised of hundreds of pieces of hardware and thousands of feet of cable. See the photos HERE.

#ShowMeSJMA | What would you raise your fist for?
Tommie Smith and Glenn Kaino led drawing rallies around the United States, inviting participants to use the Osmo mirroring device to retrace the monumental moments that led him to champion his beliefs. This online interpretive space allows you to explore the metaphor of “passing the baton” by reflecting upon personal causes and sharing what you will raise your fist to support.

We at SJMA believe in the power of a voice, and how that voice can carry and reverberate through history and inspire future generations. We would like to know, what would you raise your fist for? SJMA is listening. #ShowMeSJMA

With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith
In 1968, at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, San José State University runner Tommie Smith raised a gloved fist during the medal ceremony to protest human rights abuses around the world, and to bring international attention to the struggle for civil rights in the United States. This act of protest, which still reverberates today, is explored in a series of collaborations between Smith and Los Angeles–based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino. Learn more about the exhibition HERE.

Recommended Reading Related to With Drawn Arms
Tiffany E. Garcia, librarian at San Jose Public Library, compiled a reading list for the exhibition. Some titles are available online through your local library as ebooks or audiobooks. See the list HERE.
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With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith
With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith is sponsored by the San José Museum of Art's Exhibitions Fund with generous grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Applied Materials Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from McManis Faulkner, Tad Freese and Brook Hartzell, and Tech CU.

Programs at the San José Museum of Art are made possible by generous support from the Museum's Board of Trustees, a Cultural Affairs Grant from the City of San José, the Lipman Family Foundation, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, Facebook Art Department, the Richard A. Karp Charitable Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, the SJMA Director's Council and Council of 100, the San José Museum of Art Endowment Fund established by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

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

We're Listening
As we navigate through these challenging times, it’s imperative that we learn to listen to one another, and not just talk over each other. Often we want to connect by saying how we feel, but sometimes the best way to relate to one another is to listen. Share with @san_jose_museum_of_art what you'd like to see and hear. Tag us with #ShowMeSJMA or email us at info@sjmusart.org.

We at SJMA will be listening to you and hope to connect with you further. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Ask us questions, tell us how you're feeling, and share your thoughts with us!

The Listening Post was installed over eight days by four people. It took two days to put up the ceiling rigging, four days to set up the work, and was followed by two days of testing. It is stored in 9 large wooden crates and has traveled locally and internationally, from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, to New York City, to London, England; Madrid, Spain; Montpellier, France; and Arhus, Denmark.
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