Calendar

October 2020

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Bryan Stevenson joins Gina Dent for a conversation about art, culture, and activism. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

SJMA is temporarily closed until October 30. The health of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and community members is our highest priority. Please stay connected with us here and on our social media platforms. We wish everyone well-being and we look forward to welcoming you back on October 30.

November 2020

Sunday, November 1, 2020

A one-night, artist-driven screening at West-Wind Capitol Drive-In. Presented by the Exploratorium, Institute of Contemporary Art San José, KADIST, and San José Museum of Art. 

Friday, November 6, 2020
Live Online
Explore our newest exhibitions, Barring Freedom and South East North Westand the new installation Pae White’s Noisy Blushes.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Indexical presents the premiere of Philadelphia artist Moor Mother's new video followed by a discussion of Black Quantum Futurism theory and practice with her collaborator Rasheedah Phillips. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Live Online
Children’s author and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi reads her character-building books, followed by a family art activity workshop.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Visual and cultural theorists Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray, and Nicholas Mirzoeff discuss the roles of visual culture in normalizing mass incarceration and the racist brutalities of policing within the social landscape and political vision of America. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

In collaboration with McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, SJMA and UC Santa Cruz Institute of Arts and Sciences presents a limited online screening of Isaac Julien's Lessons of the Hour. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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December 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Robin Kelley, Professor in the Department of African American Studies at UCLA and Distinguished Professor of History & Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, and Isaac Julien, Distinguished Professor of the Arts at UCSC, in conversation about the anti-slavery movements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and current abolitionist uprisings against racist police brutality and the prison industrial complex. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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Saturday, December 5, 2020
Live Online
Explore the elements of writing and experience works of art through a different lens, led by Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Janice Lobo Sapigao and Michael Sagum.

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January 2021

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Joanne Barker, Maria Gaspar, and Kelly Lytle Hernández discuss the histories and present struggles that disappear within the labyrinthian network of prisons, jails, and detention centers in the United States Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

A poetry reading and conversation with award-winning American poet, memoirist, and educator Reginald Dwayne Betts. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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February 2021

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

A discussion about surveillance and cinematics with American Artist, Simone Browne, and Ruha Benjamin. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Harlem-based artist Sanford Biggers will be joined by visual culture theorist Leigh Raiford for a conversation about art, materiality, violence, and possibility. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Beth Richie, University of Illinois, Chicago, Erica Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University, and Soyna Clark, Amherst College, Western Massachusetts, join us for a conversation on feminist―queer, anti-capitalist, grassroots, and women of color— organizing and abolition. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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April 2021

Wan with glasses and a curly hair mohawk.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Dread Scott's recent large-scale art project, Slave Rebellion Reenactment, was a community-engaged performance reenacting the largest rebellion of enslaved people in U.S. history. Professor Erin Gray, UC Davis, will join him in conversation about art, revolution, and reenactments. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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May 2021

Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution with a still image from "Last Day of Freedom," directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman. (Photo courtesy of Living Condition, LLC.)
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Dee Hibbert-Jones, Professor of Art at UC Santa Cruz, and filmmaker Nomi Talisman present a curated selection of films. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A conversation on strategies, activism, and liberatory futures with Sora Han, adrienne maree brown, and Savannah Shange. Presented as part of the exhibition Barring Freedom.

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