First Fridays | Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun, Teacher Appreciation, + CityDance

Room with blue grid.

Hito Steyerl, Factory of the Sun, 2015. Single channel high-definition video, environment, luminescent LED grid, beach chairs, 23 minutes. Installation view from Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2015. Image courtesy of the Artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photography by Jorit Aust.

Free; registration required.

Join us in the Museum and in the Circle of Palms Plaza for an evening celebrating art, education, and dance! See Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun, learn about education and SJMA, and dance underneath the palm trees.

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Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun


Interweaving genres of video games, internet dance videos, news reportage, and documentary film, Factory of the Sun tells the surreal story of workers whose forced moves in a motion capture studio are turned into artificial sunlight. This landmark installation probes the pleasures and perils of digital image circulation, while exploring possibilities for collective resistance when surveillance has become routine in an increasingly virtual world.

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Back-to-School: Teacher Appreciation Night


6–8pm l SJMA Circle of Palms

Join us for a fun evening of artmaking, visual art program information, and plenty of giveaways!

Inviting all K-12 educators, families, and students to join us in an evening of appreciation for our educators! Back to School Night will feature artmaking prompts, information about our on-site and virtual programming, as well as giveaways to bring creativity to your classroom. 

Learn More about Education Programs

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CityDance San José is an evening of socializing, music and open-air dancing at the Circle of Palms and the San José Museum of Art. With live bands and a professional dance instructor, you can tune your skills, learn something new, or just show off!  The event and Museum galleries are open and free to the public with registration. 

CityDance San José is presented by the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, San José Museum of Art, and el cafecito by Mezcal.


Image credits: 

Hito Steyerl, Factory of the Sun (video still), 2015. Single-channel video and environment. San José Museum of Art. Purchased jointly by Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San José Museum of Art; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, through the Board of Overseers Acquisitions Fund, 2017.08. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.

Photo by Gary Sexton Photography.