South East North West: New Works from the Collection

Friday, May 1, 2020Sunday, September 27, 2020
Organized by Rory Padeken, curator


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

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 supported by the SJMA Exhibitions Fund with generous contributions from Cheryl and Bruce Kiddoo and the Lipman Family Foundation.

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Theres Rohan and her unwavering support of artist and the artistic process