Silicon Valley, the innovation capital of the world, is no stranger to the IPO, or initial public offering. From early tech stalwart Hewlett-Packard to search giant Google to social networking hub Twitter, each company went public to great fanfare. “Going public” signals opportunities for future growth, expansion, and innovation.
This spring the San Jose Museum of Art goes public with a selection of exciting acquisitions from the last three years. Initial Public Offering marks the debut of various works in SJMA’s galleries. From Clare Rojas’s folk-inspired narrative paintings to Tim Hawkinson’s cardboard and urethane foam sculpture Scout (2006-2007)—the artist’s absurdly humorist take on the human figure—the works in this exhibition signal a bold, new direction for SJMA’s permanent collection.
Initial Public Offering presents works that exemplify SJMA’s surprising and playful take on the art of our time. Displayed for the first time at the museum will be the entirety of Stephanie Syjuco’s expansive installation, The International Orange Commemorative Store (A Proposition) (2012). Originally commissioned by the FOR-SITE Foundation for the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, Syjuco’s faux store features a vast array of the usual souvenir gift shop find—pencils, mugs, buttons, keychains, and countless other trinkets—all saturated in the Bridge’s iconic orange color. Also on view will be Alan Rath’s Absolutely (2012), a fifteen-foot-tall robotic sculpture with pheasant feathers. Activated by movement and heat, the sculpture comes alive with a dance that seems improvisational.
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