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Thank you so much for your continued connection with and support of the San José Museum of Art during Shelter in Place. We were closed 232 days, adhering to Santa Clara County guidelines. Over that period of time, we continued to offer thoughtful and captivating content, free of charge. SJMA expanded programming virtually—furthering our mission to become a borderless Museum. Nearly 27,000 people engaged with us online. We hosted over 23 public programs and produced over 100 videos. We shared behind-the-scenes images and stories of exhibition installations, celebrated Pride, explored artists with curator chats, and worked with local partners to produce meaningful programs.

Additionally, we published a free online catalog, 50X50: Stories of Visionary Artists; co-published Sonya Rapoport: biorhythm; and launched the Curators’ Dashboard. The Museum’s Gala moved online—celebrating dedicated patrons Cheryl and Bruce Kiddoo and artist honoree Pae White—raising critical funds for the Museum’s essential operations. The event was free to all, and unveiled Pae White’s monumental mobile Noisy Blushes (2020) with performances by San Jose Jazz, New Ballet, Opera San José, Vân-Ánh Võ + Blood Moon Orchestra, Broadway’s Ryan Vasquez of Hamilton, and dance tutorials at the online after-party, including a flash mob led by Jadell Lee. SJMA’s education team worked tirelessly to provide art-making activity videos, as well as to reimagine our ever-popular summer art camp—moving it online and culminating in two online art exhibitions of the students’ work on SJMA’s virtual gallery walls. These programs, videos, and initiatives are highlighted in our Museum from Home section at sjmusart.org/MuseumFromHome. Thank you for spending time with us from afar!

Exhibitions | New and On View Now

When you enter the Museum, Pae White’s Noisy Blushes will greet you. Upstairs you will be swept around by contemporary and cutting-edge works of art in South East North West: New Works from the Collection. On the ground level, Barring Freedom brings together contemporary artists to confront the historical and structural racism embedded in the US criminal justice and mass incarceration systems.
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Know Before You Go | About Your Upcoming Visit
Enhanced Safety Measures + Precautions
The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us. We reopen having devised a comprehensive health and safety plan that is compliant with Santa Clara County Health Department and CDC guidelines. We invite you to read our plan in detail, here. We will carefully and continually monitor the efficacy of these guidelines in real time and make further adjustments as needed. Thank you for helping us make your Museum visit easy, enjoyable, and safe.

San José Museum of Art
- Requires all visitors ages 6 and up wear a face mask.
- Requires social distancing of 6 feet by all visitors unless members of same household.
- Recommends hand-washing and/or sanitizing before and after touching your face and/or public spaces.
- Requests you travel light because coat check is closed and large bags/backpacks not allowed in galleries.
- Requests you use credit cards to reduce contact.
- Asks that you be on the lookout for all new signage, indicating traffic flow to reduce visitor jams.
- And remember, if you’re feeling ill, please stay home.

New Hours | Museum, Store, Café

SJMA and the Museum Store will be open Friday–Sunday, 11am–5pm*
el cafecito will be open Friday through Sunday, 9am–3pm, for outdoor dining and take-away.
* SJMA has implemented a dedicated hour of each day for our most vulnerable guests to enjoy the Museum. We invite seniors, those who are pregnant, and those with underlying health concerns to visit from 11am–12pm.

Members | Thank you for Supporting SJMA

Thank you for your continued support throughout the pandemic! SJMA members will be welcomed back to the Museum with an exclusive button, a free drip coffee at el cafecito, and 20% off in the Museum Store (online + in person) now through Nov 8, 2020.
If you are not a member but would like to learn more, please email us at membership@sjmusart.org. Individual memberships start as low as $50 and include unlimited free admission, discounts at the Museum Store, el cafecito, and on public programs, as well as invites to special events just for members.
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South East North West: New Works from the Collection is a group show that is named after the monumental, two-panel mixed-media work by Diana Al-Hadid, which symbolizes the breadth and depth of the collection. Curated by Rory Padeken, South East North West celebrates SJMA’s 50th anniversary with a dynamic presentation of paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper, and new media recently acquired by the Museum. Reflecting the rich cultural diversity and innovative spirit that define San José and Silicon Valley, the exhibition showcases the work of internationally acclaimed artists, including those working in California and the Bay Area, and emerging artists garnering critical recognition. South East North West testifies to SJMA’s adventurousness and ambition of becoming a borderless museum for the future. See the exhibition for yourself, beginning Friday, October 30!
Featured Artists Include
Diana Al-Hadid, Firelei Báez, Rina Banerjee, Tony Berlant, Andrea Bowers, Alexander Calder, Victor Cartagena, Tiffany Chung, Petra Cortright, Russell Crotty, Tacita Dean, Jay DeFeo, Tony Feher, Genevieve Gaignard, Chitra Ganesh, Kojo Griffin, Mona Hatoum, Robert Hudson, David Huffman, Yojiro Imasaka, Jitish Kallat, Dinh Q. Lê, Hung Liu, Frank Lobdell, Vanessa Marsh, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Robert Minervini, Richard Misrach, Louise Nevelson, Ruben Ochoa, Nathan Oliveira, Hayal Pozanti, The Propeller Group (Matt Lucero, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, and Phunam), Lara Schnitger, Josephine Taylor, William T. Wiley, Margo Wolowiec, and Imin Yeh.

Poetry Inspired by Artists in the Exhibition | Video

In honor of National Poetry Month, Bay Area poets created new works inspired by art in South East North West. Janice Lobo Sapigao, the Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County, was the host and the event was co-sponsored by Poetry Center San José. Featured poets Mighty Mike McGee, Janice Lobo Sapigao, and Eileen Hernandez-Cuellar recorded their poetry in their respective homes. The works that inspired the poetry are Don’t Let the Boys Win, 2003 by Lara Schnitger; Improvised Garden II (Water Street), 2017 by Robert Minervini; and Wall, Tierra Del Sol, California, 2015 by Richard Misrach. Watch the video HERE.

Art-making Inspired by the Exhibition | Video Playlist

Explore the styles and processes of the artists in South East North West. The education team has created art-making videos to inspire and guide both young and old artists while using everyday household items. Watch the playlist HERE.

SJMA Reopens on Friday, October 30!
New hours are Fri–Sun, 11am–5pm*
Visit sjmusart.org to learn about our Enhanced Safety Measures.
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* SJMA has implemented a dedicated hour of each day for our most vulnerable guests to enjoy the Museum. We invite seniors, those who are pregnant, and those with underlying health concerns to visit from 11am–12pm.

Support
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. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the SJMA Exhibitions Fund, including 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.
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Barring Freedom, co-organized by the UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, brings together contemporary artists and activists raising awareness about prisons and policing. The exhibition opens October 30 and is on view through April 25, 2021. Barring Freedom is an arts initiative, focusing on Visualizing Abolition, which includes the exhibition, online programs, and a public art project, Solitary Garden. Made in collaboration between artist jackie sumell, UC Santa Cruz students, and Tim Young—who is currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison—Solitary Garden will simultaneously be on view at UC Santa Cruz.

With more than two million incarcerated individuals, a majority Black or Brown and virtually all from poor communities, the prison industrial complex reveals a troubled nation. Barring Freedom considers the strategies artists use to reveal this racist worldview and the social problems that it effectively creates and obscures. It also highlights alternative visions and future dreamscapes offered by these artists as a counter to the brutalities of our current reality. The exhibition is inspired by the teachings of noted prison abolitionist and scholar Dr. Angela Y. Davis.
Featured artists include: American Artist, Sadie Barnette, Sanford Biggers, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, Sonya Clark, Sharon Daniel, Maria Gaspar, Ashley Hunt, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, Deana Lawson, Sherrill Roland, Dread Scott, jackie sumell, Hank Willis Thomas, Patrice Renee Washington, and Levester Williams.

Visualizing Abolition | An Online Series

Visualizing Abolition is a series of virtual talks and events presented in conjunction with the exhibition Barring Freedom, co-organized by SJMA, UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS), and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The online events feature artists, activists, scholars, and others united by their commitment to the vital struggle for prison abolition and are coordinated by the IAS in collaboration with Professor Gina Dent, feminist studies, UC Santa Cruz. Learn more HERE.

Visualizing Abolition with Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent | Online Program

Tue, Oct 20, 4–5:30pm PDT | Free, registration required.
Join Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent, noted anti-prison activists, scholars, and educators, for an online conversation about critical issues in the arts, visual culture, and abolition. This is the first in a series of events that questions what it means to think of abolitionism as a vision—one that challenges the social, economic, and political worldviews that prisons promote. Register HERE.

Visit SJMA beginning Oct 30! | New Hours + Safety Measures

New hours are Fri–Sun, 11am–5pm*
The health of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and community members is our highest priority. Visit sjmusart.org for updates on how we are creating and maintaining a healthy and safe space to see art.
* SJMA has implemented a dedicated hour of each day for our most vulnerable guests to enjoy the Museum. We invite seniors, those who are pregnant, and those with underlying health concerns to visit from 11am–12pm.
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Pae White’s Noisy Blushes (2020) is a meditation on movement and time, light and color, material presence and the elusiveness of form. Commissioned by SJMA and supported by over 120 community members, the sculpture soars within the Museum’s thirty-foot high atrium and transforms its entrance into an experiential passageway, delivering a sublime experience for visitors. Selected from 10,000 options designed with custom software, Noisy Blushes is one of the artist’s largest hanging pieces and her most colorful. Sixty-eight colors sweep through the sculpture through an effect White calls a “blush.” Hues of gold, silver, and rose dominate to acknowledge the entwined histories of quicksilver mining in the town of New Almaden in south San José and the California Gold Rush of the High Sierras. White incorporated a few miniaturized versions of large-scale, geometric wall drawings by minimalist artist Sol LeWitt with designs of her own making, imbuing her sculpture with a multitude of references that addresses many things at once.

Pae White, Noisy Blushes, 2020
Ink, cable, and electroplated and polished stainless steel; 167 × 166 × 132 inches; 12,000 disks; 504 strands. Commissioned by the San José Museum of Art, in honor of its 50th anniversary. Photography © Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

Pae White on Beauty and the Power of Art

Pae White’s monumental hanging piece, Noisy Blushes is a gift to the City of San José and a beacon of light offering a moment of reverie to all who see it. Watch artist Pae White talk about what art and beauty mean to her and in her art, particularly in the period of Covid-19. Watch the artist HERE.

Pae White’s Noisy Blushes: Installation Timelapse

Pae White’s Noisy Blushes is the most ambitious commission in SJMA’s history. Let’s run the numbers to prove it: 12,000 disks, 1,129 cubic feet, 504 cables, 120 funders, 68 colors, 9 days of installation, 8 exhibition team members, 3 scissor lifts, and 1 artist. Watch the video HERE.

Pae White’s Noisy Blushes: A Bird’s Eye View

Get up close and personal with a bird’s-eye view of Pae White’s Noisy Blushes! See multitudes of colors and patterns emerge as the camera moves around, above, and below the sculpture. Watch the video HERE.

Artistic Styles: Pae White | Make Art at Home

Discover a new way to capture texture with paint. This art project is inspired by Pae White's paper clay paintings from the exhibition, Beta Space: Pae White, on view July 18, 2019–January 19, 2020. Watch the video HERE.

Stemless Wine Glasses Designed with Pae White’s Foreverago

In honor of the San José Museum of Art's 2020 Gala + Auction, the etchings on this limited-edition wine glass were designed by Los Angeles artist Pae White, based on patterns from her tapestry, Foreverago, (2017). Sales tax is included in price. Purchase your wine glass HERE!

2020 Gala + Auction | Encore Broadcast

Pae White was the artist honoree at this year’s Gala + Auction. Watch her acceptance speech and curator Rory Padeken speak about what her art means to SJMA and to the community. SJMA’s 2020 Gala + Auction Encore streams this Saturday, October 10 at 6pm PDT online at sjmusart.org/2020gala OR watch at 8:30pm PDT on Comcast channel 30, Apple TV, and Roku.

Support | Pae White, Noisy Blushes (2020)
Commissioned by the San José Museum of Art, in honor of its 50th anniversary, and acquired with funds provided by the Lipman Family Foundation, the Acquisitions Committee, Diane Jonte-Pace and David Pace, the Council of 100, the Richard A. Karp Charitable Foundation, and Brook Hartzell and Tad Freese, with additional support provided by the Docent Council, Toby and Barry Fernald, Evelyn and Rick Neely, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, C. Christine Nichols, Dorene Masterman, and Shauna Mika and Richard Callison.
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