Facebook First Fridays: Reopening Celebration

Friday, November 6, 2020
6pm PST | Live Online
Friday, November 6, 6pm PST | Online
Join us for Facebook First Fridays: Reopening Celebration, a FREE online event in thanks to all of San José Museum of Art's loyal supporters during Shelter-in-Place.

Explore Barring Freedom with a curatorial walk-through, and hear new poetry inspired by works on view in South East North West. Learn more about SJMA's exciting new commissioned installation by Gala artist honoree Pae White. See the installation of Do Ho Suh’s monumental sculpture, Karma, which is on view in the Oshman sculpture court.

Watch a popping dance number by local crew Playboyz Inc. and a flash-mob dance with New Ballet, along with inspiring performances from our community partners Red Ladder Theatre Company, San José Public Library, and Teatro Visión.

Hosted by SJMA membership coordinator Daphne Deitchman and professional choreographer and educator Jadell Lee.

Watch the virtual online event on your favorite SJMA social media channel.

Surprising New Perspectives of Works on View
Experience a different facet of SJMA's current exhibitions and installations from home.
Attend a gallery tour of the exhibition Barring Freedom with UCSC Institute of Arts and Sciences curatorial fellow Alexandra Moore and SJMA senior curator Lauren Schell Dickens, followed by a Q+A.

Watch an ART 101 tutorial inspired by Pae White’s Noisy Blushes with Linda Franklin and Ali Fitch of SJMA’s Museum education team.

Hear Bay Area poets reciting new works inspired by artworks featured in South East North West, from the 11th Annual Poetry Invitational hosted by Janice Lobo Sapigao, the Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County, and co-sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose.

And look back to the installation of Do Ho Suh's Karma.

Entertainment and Performances
On this special Facebook First Friday, witness empowering presentations and creative collaborations that bridge art with community.
Don't miss the variety show from premier popping crew Playboyz Inc.

Enjoy a stage performance from Red Ladder Theatre with executive director Karen Altree Piemme.

Tiffany Bradford-Oldham, Librarian II and C5KC Coordinator of the San José Public Library's Racial Equity Team and Educational Resource Center Selector, reads a selection of poems.

Actor and author Robert Acosta from Teatro Visión performs Excerpt from Autobiography—a glance at the time after he had been sentenced to two years at the San Quentin prison in the mid-1980s.

Jadell Lee and New Ballet conclude the evening with a spectacular flashmob dance in the Museum lobby.

Community Partners'Logos

Facebook First Fridays
This sponsorship initiative is led by the Facebook Art Department, which provides opportunities for artists to create new, large-scale, site-specific installations on Facebook campuses nation-wide, with the goal of fostering creative experimentation and supporting neighboring artistic communities. For more information, visit fb.com/artistinresidence or go to Instagram @fbairprogram.

Sponsored by Facebook

South East North West: New Works from the Collection is dedicated to the memory of Theres Rohan and her unwavering support for artists and the artistic process. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the SJMA Exhibitions Fund, including generous contributions from the Lipman Family Foundation, Doris and Alan Burgess, Glenda and Gary Dorchak, Cheryl and Bruce Kiddoo, and Diane Jonte-Pace and David Pace.

Barring Freedom is supported by the SJMA Exhibitions Fund, with contributions from Glenda and Gary Dorchak and Rita and Kent Norton. The exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Nion McEvoy Family Fund, Ford Foundation, Future Justice Fund, UC Santa Cruz Foundation, Wanda Kownacki, Peter Coha, James L. Gunderson, Rowland and Pat Rebele, UC Santa Cruz Porter College, and annual donors to the Institute of the Arts and Sciences.

Pae White's Noisy Blushes is commissioned by the San José Museum of Art, in honor of its 50th anniversary, and acquired with funds provided by the Lipman Family Foundation, the Acquisitions Committee, Diane Jonte-Pace and David Pace, the Council of 100, the Richard A. Karp Charitable Foundation, and Brook Hartzell and Tad Freese, with additional support provided by the Docent Council, Toby and Barry Fernald, Evelyn and Rick Neely, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, C. Christine Nichols, Dorene Masterman, and Shauna Mika and Richard Callison.

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, Adobe, 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 credits:

Pae White, Noisy Blushes, 2020; Ink, cable, and electroplated and polished stainless steel; 167 x 166 x 132 inches; 12,000 disks; 504 strands. Commissioned by the San José Museum of Art, in honor of its 50th anniversary. Photography © Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

Hank Willis Thomas, If the Leader Only Knew, 2014. Bronze. Approximately 80 inches. © Hank Willis Thomas. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. 

Installation view of South East North West: New Works from the Collection. Photo by J, Arnold, Impart Photography.

Pae White, Noisy Blushes, 2020; Ink, cable, and electroplated and polished stainless steel; 167 x 166 x 132 inches; 12,000 disks; 504 strands. Commissioned by the San José Museum of Art, in honor of its 50th anniversary. Photography © Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

Headshots courtesy of program partners.

Photo by Sharon Kenney Photography.

Photo by Drew Altizer Photography.