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.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Gary Singh in conversation with Mighty Mike McGee for the launch of his new book Silicon Alleys, Selected Metro Silicon Valley Columns, 2005–2020.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Join SJMA online for book-reading, hot cocoa recipes, holiday card making, and more!

Friday, December 4, 2020Sunday, December 6, 2020


SJMA members receive 20% off all Museum Store purchases online.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

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.

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.

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.

Museum gallery with tall curved ceiling with glass panels in middle. Two sculptures on the floor, one black and abstract forms and an orange minimal with boxes stacked. The left, far middle, and right walls have flat works of art.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Join us for an online tour of South East North West: New Works from the Collection, led by Rory Padeken, Curator at San José Museum of Art.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.