Almost Human: Digital Art from the Permanent Collection

Sunday, September 22, 2019Sunday, August 9, 2020

Jacolby Satterwhite
Domestika, 2017. Virtual reality video with sound; Museum purchase with funds provided by an anonymous donor, in honor of Beverly and Peter Lipman; 2017.06; Image courtesy of the artist and Morán Morán.

Tony Oursler
Slip, 2003. Fiberglass sculpture, Sony VPL CS5 projector, DVD, DVD player, and speaker; Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation, in honor of the San Jose Museum of Art's 35th anniversary. 2003.32​

Alan Rath
Info Glut II, 1997. Aluminum, acrylic, electronics, and three cathode ray tubes; Museum purchase with the support of Katie and Drew Gibson. 1997.12

Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin
Listening Post, 2002–2005. Supporting hardware and software, 146 × 233 × 31 inches; Collection of the San Jose Museum of Art, a gift of Deborah and Andy Rappaport and the Lipman Family Foundation.

The technologies developed in Silicon Valley have intrigued and inspired artistic experimentation for more than three decades and pave a way toward the future. Almost Human: Digital Art from the Permanent Collection highlights artists who use digital and emergent technologies from custom computer electronics and early robotics to virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Artists in the exhibition include Andrea Ackerman, Jim Campbell, Ian Cheng, Petra Cortright, Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin, Zara Houshmand and Tamiko Thiel, Tony Oursler, Alan Rath, Jacolby Satterwhite, Jennifer Steinkamp, Diana Thater, and Bill Viola.


Exhibitions at San José Museum of Art are supported by the SJMA Exhibitions Fund with generous contributions from the Lipman Family Foundation, Tad Freese and Brook Hartzell, and Cheryl and Bruce Kiddoo. 

Support for Almost Human: Digital Art from the Permanent Collection is also provided by Google’s Product Inclusion Division, which advocates for an inclusive lens in the creative process and mirrors the ethos embraced by many of the minority and female artists featured in this exhibition.

Additional support is provided by the San José Museum of Art Docent Council, Let’s Look at Art Volunteers, and Store Guild and Volunteers, in honor of SJMA’s 50th Anniversary.

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.