Other Walks, Other Lines

Hiwa K
Still from Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue), 2017
Single channel HD video, 16:9, color, sound, 18 minutes
Courtesy of Hiwa K, KOW, Berlin and Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan/Lucca
©Hiwa K.

The Great White Way, 22 miles, 9 years, 1 street, 2000–09 Performance
Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY
© Pope.L

Friday, November 2, 2018Sunday, March 10, 2019

One of our most elemental behaviors as human beings—like eating, sleeping, and breathing, is walking. It’s an amateur activity. But what happens when we become explicit, inquisitive, and deliberate about what is as natural to us as eating and breathing? Walking is both universal and idiosyncratic; we all walk but choose different paths, peppered by unique interactions and experiences. As Rebecca Solnit says, “walking is a mode of making the world as well as being in it.”1 This project examines the variety of ways in which artists reflect on this specific, mundane activity, and use it to make meaning. 

Opening November 2, 2018 and on view until March 10, 2019, Other Walks, Other Lines considers what walking means in a contemporary context, touching upon topics such as urban planning, immigration, and the dérive.

Organized by the San José Museum of Art, and curated by Lauren Schell Dickens, curator; Rory Padeken, associate curator; and Kathryn Wade, curatorial associate, Other Walks, Other Lines focuses on artwork made during the last thirty years by artists around the world who use walking as a mode of making the world, as well as being in it. The exhibition is divided into six sections: Meaning of Ordinariness; Pilgrimage and Psychogeography; A Body Measured Against the Earth: Immigration and Land Wars; Access/Ability; Street Life: Processions and Protests; and Other Walks: Gabriel Orzoco. In conjunction with the exhibition, performances will activate the gallery and take the exhibition outside of SJMA’s building. Choreographer and artist Brendan Fernandes addresses the borders that are constructed within a museum’s walls. In his commissioned work Inaction, Fernandes choreographed the movements of dancers to explore boundaries and thresholds within SJMA’s building. Lara Schnitger’s Suffragette City—a participatory procession and protest—extends the exhibition's focus on artists using street demonstrations as another form of public art. 

Artists included are Yuji Agematsu, Francis Alÿs, Ginny Bishton, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Brendan Fernandes, Ana Teresa Fernandéz, Regina José Galindo, Hiwa K, Brad Kahlhamer, Glenn Kaino, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Kimsooja, Pope.L, Omar Mismar, Paulo Nazareth, Gabriel Orozco, Wilfredo Prieto, Lordy Rodriguez, Michal Rovner, Lara Schnitger, Clarissa Tossin, and Charwei Tsai.

The exhibition is part of the cross-disciplinary collaboration, New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, presented in collaboration with community partners including Art Ark Gallery; Art Object Gallery; Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University; Chamber Music Silicon Valley; Children’s Discovery Museum; Chopsticks Alley Art; City Lights Theater Company; College of Adaptive Arts; Consulado General de México en San José; the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University; FWD.us/Welcome.us/ genArts Silicon Valley; History San José; ICA/San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana; Montalvo Arts Center; New Museum of Los Gatos; Pajaro Valley Arts; Palo Alto Art Center; Research Center for the Americas/UC Santa Cruz; Sangram Arts; San Jose Jazz; San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles; San José Public Library; Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History; SETI Institute; Soul Focus Sports; South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition; Teatro Vision; The Tech Museum of Innovation; Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UC Santa Cruz Arts Division and the Arboretum at UCSC; Walk San Jose; Works/San José; Yu-Ai Kai Senior Community Center; and ZERO1. 

Other Walks, Other Lines is sponsored by Applied Materials Foundation and Melanie and Peter Cross. In-kind support for equipment is provided by BrightSign. Supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José.

Visit newterrains.org for more information and partner programming.

Other Walks, Other Lines - The Reading List


Other Walks, Other Lines Opening Celebration
November 15, 2018 | 6–7:15pm

Celebrate the opening of Other Walks, Other Lines. Remarks at 7pm.
Admission is $5 after 5 PM (free to members). No-host bar.


Artrage: New Terrains
November 15, 2018 | 7–10pm

Celebrate the new exhibition Other Walks, Other Lines and experience a showcase of New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, a collaboration among dozens of organizations throughout the region. See performances and presentations presented by Montalvo Arts Center, Mosaic Silicon Valley, San Jose Jazz, and others. Admission is $5 after 5 PM (free to members). No-host bar.


Gallery Talk: Other Walks, Other Lines
December 13, 2018 | 12:30–1:30pm

Tour the exhibition Other Walks, Other Lines with Rory Padeken, associate curator and Kathryn Wade, curatorial associate. Free with Museum admission (free to members).


Creative Minds: Lara Schnitger, Suffragette City, a participatory procession and protest
January 12, 2019 | 10am–1pm, Downtown San Jose

Join artist Lara Schnitger in a celebration of female empowerment in a culture of patriarchy.  In her ongoing traveling procession and protest piece, costumed volunteers parade Schnitger’s bold and vibrant portable sculptures and banners—some bearing slogans and others more abstract—through the streets of downtown San José.   

Suffragette City has been enacted in New York City, Basel, Dresden, Los Angeles, Berlin, as well as at the Women’s March on Washington, DC last year.  Enacted in San José as part of the exhibition Other Walks, Other Lines, it extends the exhibition's focus on artists using walking out into the streets.

Art 101: Street Photography
January 12, 2019 | 1–4pm


Brendan Fernandes' Inaction: a performance with the New Ballet Studio Company
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6pm

Performance by the New Ballet Studio Company, choreographed by Brendan Fernandes. Join us for a Creative Minds conversation with the artist directly following the performance. Admission is $5 after 5pm (free to members)


Creative Minds: a conversation with Brendan Fernandes
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7pm

Choreographer and artist Brendan Fernandes, a former dancer, is acutely aware of the particular way in which ballet dancers are trained to walk. Their gait broadcasts an authority, a calculated deliberateness, which Fernandes notes is “not unlike the presented authority of the museum.” In Inaction, Fernandes has choreographed the movements of a team of dancers to explore boundaries and thresholds within SJMA’s building. Blocking entryways, restricting doorways, and disrupting normal circulation, the dancers draw attention to borders and bodies within the Museum, and by extension to the growing tension surrounding borders and bodies in the world at large. Admission is $5 after 5pm (free to members)

Inaction is commissioned as part of the exhibition Other Walks, Other Lines.


Brendan Fernandes' Inaction: a performance with the New Ballet Studio Company
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1 and 4pm

Performance by the New Ballet Studio Company, choreographed by Brendan Fernandes. Free with Museum admission (free to members)


Art 101: Urban Sketching
March 2, 2019 | 1–4pm


1. Wanderlust: a history of walking, Rebecca Solnit, published 2000.


San Jose Museum of Art’s new exhibition is worth the walk, San Jose Mercury News
November 3, 2018

San Jose Museum Takes a Walk, Metro Silicon Valley (Metroactive)
November 14, 2018