SJMA Celebrates the Maker Spirit, June 1

Release date 
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Celebrate Silicon Valley’s spirit of creativity and innovation at Community Day: Maker Day at the San José Museum of Art on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 11am–5pm.  The celebration is free and open to the public and includes a day of live demonstrations, presentations, and art-making activities. Reservations are encouraged and are available at

Activities and demonstrations (11am–4pm) include:

  • San José Public Library’s Maker [Space] Ship in the Circle of Palms
  • Julie Cardenas “cardboard craze” workshop in the Circle of Palms
  • LED Beasts inspired by Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World
  • Sun Prints inspired by Catherine Wagner: Paradox Observed
  • Local maker Darius B’ Alexander’s critter sticker station for visitors

Visitors are also invited to see exhibitions on view:

  • Undersoul: Jay Defeo, on view through July 7, 2019. This focused exhibition highlights Jay DeFeo’s prolific use of photography to track the artist’s visual vocabulary across media and subject matter.
  • Catherine Wagner: Paradox Observed, on view through August 18, 2019. Highlighting Catherine Wagner’s monumental Pomegranate Wall (2000) and photographs taken within laboratories, this exhibition considers the parallels between artistic and scientific process.
  • Screen Acts: Women in Film and Video, on view through June 20, 2019. This series of video and film by women artists highlights filmmakers whose works draw on the histories and performance in film and video to address some of the most pressing social issues of our time.
  • Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, on view through October 6, 2019. Through baroque sculptures made of materials sourced throughout the world, Rina Banerjee explores the splintered experience of identity prevalent in diasporic communities.

Community Day: Maker Day is made possible by generous support from a Cultural Affairs Grant from the City of San José.


The San José Museum of Art reflects the diverse cultures and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley. Through its exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and collections, SJMA connects the present and the past, the art of the West Coast and the world. The Museum fosters awareness of artists’ broad contributions to society and engages audiences with the art of our time and the vitality of the creative process.

SJMA is located at 110 South Market Street in downtown San José, California. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm and until 8pm or later on the third Thursday of each month. As of Friday, February 1, 2019, SJMA is also free to all on the first Friday of each month from 5–9pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, 17 and under, college students and teachers with a valid ID, and members are free. On the Third Thursday of every month, admission is reduced to $5 after 5pm. For more information, call 408.271.6840 or visit

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Programs at the San José Museum of Art are made possible by generous operating support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José, and the Richard A. Karp Charitable Foundation.