South East North West: New Works from the Collection

Petra Cortright, creatine monohydrate destruction_da_tirdkind, 2016. Digital painting on linen; 47 1/2 × 78 5/8 inches. Gift of Private Collection. Courtesy of Petra Cortright.

Diana Al-Hadid, South East North West, 2017. Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, gold leaf, copper leaf, painter’s tape, and pigment; 130 × 168 × 5 inches. Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky, New York and Aspen. © Diana Al-Hadid. Photo credit: Object Studies

Saturday, September 12, 2020
Organized by Rory Padeken, curator

Note: Opening date is subject to change due to city and county ordinances regarding Shelter in Place.

South East North West: New Works from the Collection highlights a dynamic array of paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper, and new media acquired by SJMA in the last five years. Reflecting the high-tech interests, lively cultural diversity, and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley, this exhibition features artworks by 30 artists from 11 countries, from internationally renowned figures to those working in California and the Bay Area as well as emerging practitioners. Together, these artworks demonstrate SJMA’s adventurousness and growing ambition to become a museum for the twenty-first century. Taking its title from the monumental, two-panel mixed-media work by Diana Al-Hadid in the exhibition, South East North West testifies to the expanding diversity, artistic creativity, and international scope of the collection through the work of over thirty artists from eleven countries.


South East North West: New Works from the Collection is dedicated to the memory of Theres Rohan and her unwavering support for artists and the artistic process. Support is provided by the SJMA Exhibitions Fund with generous contributions from the Lipman Family Foundation, Doris and Alan Burgess, Glenda and Gary Dorchak, Cheryl and Bruce Kiddoo, and Diane Jonte-Pace and David Pace.

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, Adobe, 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.

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