Rise Up! Social Justice in Art from the Collection of J. Michael Bewley

Robert Arneson
Five Times for Harvey, 1982
Mixed media on paper
30 × 24 inches
Gift of J. Michael Bewley
©Estate of Robert Arneson, 2018, licensed by VAGA, New York, New York.

Kara Walker
African/American, 1998
49 × 60 ½ inches
Collection of J. Michael Bewley
© Kara Walker, courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

Alison Saar
Deluge, 2016
Wood, ceiling tin, and cast iron
68 × 64 × 70 inches
Collection of J. Michael Bewley

Robert Arneson
I’m looking for you, Whitey, 1989
Latex, enamel, acrylic, oil stick on paper
72 × 51 ¾ inches
Collection of J. Michael Bewley

Luis Cruz Azaceta
The Scream, 1987
Lithograph on paper
48 ¾ × 35 ¾ inches
Gift of J. Michael Bewley

Friday, June 8, 2018Sunday, September 30, 2018

This exhibition highlights the generous 2016 donation to SJMA’s collection by J. Michael Bewley, as well as works from Bewley’s personal collection. Bewley, a retired employment lawyer in San José, was committed to combatting social injustices in the workplace. Spanning nearly a hundred years of artistic production and encompassing various mediums including painting, sculpture, collage, photography, and textile, these works are united by a strong social and political motivation.

The exhibition includes works by Robert Arneson, Sadie Barnette, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Dorothy Cross, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Lesley Dill, Marlene Dumas, George Grosz, Wangechi Mutu, Chris Ofili, Tino Rodriguez, Alison Saar, Mickalene Thomas, and Kara Walker. Rise Up! reflects SJMA’s dedication to supporting artists whose controversial work makes crucial contributions to society.