A Point Stretched: Views on Time

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    Patrick Nagatani, Japanese Children's Day Carp Banners, Paguate Village, Jackpile Mine Uranium Tai, 1990. Silver dye bleach print on paper, 13 x 18 1/2 inches. Gift of Arthur J. Goodwin, 1997.24.092. Photo by Douglas Sandberg.

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    Diana Al-Hadid, Candle Clock in the Citadel, 2017. Modified polymer gypsum, fiberglass, brass, copper, steel, concrete, polyurethane foam, plaster, metal leaf, pigment, 117 x 90 x 73 inches. San José Museum of Art Collection. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Lipman Family Foundation, 2018.01.01.  

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    David Huffman, AHMAUD, 2021. Acrylic, oil, spray paint, color pencil, glitter, and collage on panel, 96 x 99 ½ inches. Museum purchase with funds from the Acquisitions Committee, 2022.03. Courtesy the artist and Miles McEnery, New York, NY. 

A Point Stretched: Views on Time presents artworks that stretch, warp, and compact the viewer’s sense of time. By highlighting works that endeavor to conceive of time in unusual, mutable, and unfixed ways, the exhibition challenges the histories we tell and the expectations we hold for the future. From Chitra Ganesh’s work blending truth and fantasy to depict the full range of a woman’s life to Maia Cruz Palileo’s kaleidoscopic representation of Filipino history and Ala Ebtekar’s epic print-based work inspired by the moon, artists in the exhibition propose timelines without hierarchies of past, present, and future.  

Memories, dreams, and reality blend in these galleries, as mold creeps across TV screens, apple orchards grow among discarded solar panels, and melting wax measures time. Generational, ecological, and cosmic time vibrate concurrently as long-ago ecologies and distant possible futures intertwine. Embracing scales of time from the microbiological to the interstellar, these artworks position our human existence within broader timescales to challenge our assumptions about human history, agency, and possibility in relation to the world—and universe—around us. Drawing from the Museum’s permanent collection and beyond, the exhibition also includes works by Diana Al-Hadid, Harold Edgerton, David Huffman, Kahlil Robert Irving, Ranu Mukherjee, Patrick Nagatani, Sam Richardson, and Gail Wight, among others.


A Point Stretched: Views on Time is supported by the SJMA Exhibitions Fund.