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With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith
Friday, November 1, 2019–Sunday, April 5, 2020

Organized by Lauren Schell Dickens, curator

In 1968, at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, San José State University runner Tommie Smith raised a gloved fist during the medal ceremony to protest human rights abuses around the world, and to bring international attention to the struggle for civil rights in the United States. This act of protest, which still reverberates today, is explored in a series of collaborations between Smith and Los Angeles–based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino. The exhibition includes monumental sculpture, print-based projects, and memorabilia from Smith’s personal collection that reflect his time as an athlete and civil rights activist.

With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith is sponsored by the San José Museum of Art's Exhibitions Fund with generous grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Applied Materials Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from McManis Faulkner and Tad Freese and Brook Hartzell.

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, 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.

Woody De Othello: Breathing Room
November 1, 2019 – April 5, 2020

Oakland-based artist Woody De Othello creates

Belying their cheery and colorful veneers is a darkly comedic sense of exhaustion. Born in Miami to a family of Haitian descent, Othello is interested in the nature of many African objects, which offer both ritual and utilitarian functions and possess a spirit of their own. His sculptures express a tension between the animate and inanimate and draw humor from a place of pain. For his project at the SJMA—the artist’s first solo museum presentation—Othello is creating a new body of work based around his Defeated, depleted (2018), a sculpture recently acquired by San José Museum of Art.​

Woody De Othello: Breathing Room is supported by the San José Museum of Art's exhibitions fund, with contributions from Tad Freese and Brook Hartzell, the Lipman Family Foundation, and Donna and Marvin C. Schwartz.

Almost Human: Digital Art from the Permanent Collection
Sunday, September 22, 2019–Sunday, August 9, 2020\

The technologies developed in Silicon Valley have intrigued and inspired artistic experimentation for more than three decades and pave a way toward the future. Almost Human: Digital Art from the Permanent Collection highlights artists who use digital and emergent technologies from custom computer electronics and early robotics to virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Artists in the exhibition include Andrea Ackerman, Jim Campbell, Ian Cheng, Petra Cortright, Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin, Zara Houshmand and Tamiko Thiel, Tony Oursler, Alan Rath, Jacolby Satterwhite, Jennifer Steinkamp, Diana Thater, and Bill Viola.

BETA SPACE: PAE WHITE
July 18, 2019–January 19, 2020

SAN JOSÉ, California (July 13, 2019) —The sixth installment of the San José Museum of Art (SJMA)’s exhibition series “Beta Space” presents a compendium of new and recent work by internationally renowned artist Pae White. The exhibition features three new immense paper clay paintings; a dramatic new silk-screened electroplated steel mobile; a series of delicate cotton and rayon letters and numbers handstitched on paper; and two massive installations making their US debut: a 127-foot long tapestry woven with metallic threads and a chess set comprised of over 100 toys fashioned from glass, wood, clay, porcelain, plastic, acrylic, and rubber. Beta Space: Pae White opens on Thursday, July 18, 2019, 5–9pm through January 19, 2020.

“The work of Los Angeles-based artist Pae White transcends nearly all traditional boundaries—between art and design, craft and fine art, architecture and installation, theory and practice,” said S. Sayre Batton, Oshman Executive Director at SJMA. “White’s practice across various media and disciplines captures the spirit of the ‘Beta Space’ series: her work brims with artistic risk taking and experimentation—qualities that resonate with the wildly creative and innovative ethos of Silicon Valley.”

Beta Space: Pae White features both her monumental installations and newly created works of art that will transform the gallery and encourage visitors to rethink how they move through space and to reflect on everyday objects, materials, and phenomena. Shifting our associations and ideas regarding architecture and conventional museum display practices, White’s work, which often features elements of traditional craft merged with digital practices, shares and allows room for different types of workmanship that are often overlooked within the walls of a museum.

“White’s art is always kinaesthetic—as much a bodily as visual experience that plays with the senses,” said Rory Padeken, SJMA associate curator and curator of the exhibition. “Her work is as alluring as it is ambiguous, suggesting that things may not be as they may seem. The handmade nature of her work, combined with sophisticated technologies and inventive processes, allows for a high degree of improvisation.”

The centerpiece of the exhibition is foreverago (2017), the artist’s largest tapestry to date at 127 feet long. Shown in the United States for the first time, it will meander through the gallery, creating a sinuous wall-like structure that presents both the front and back of the weaving. Revolutionizing the genre of tapestry for the 21st century, White relied on the help of skilled artisans while employing advanced digital imaging techniques to weave together colorful cotton, cashmere, and metallic threads, and used custom software that randomizes distribution patterns to produce her seemingly chaotic scene. Part of the artist’s ongoing series “Bugz + Drugs,” foreverago explodes with a cacophony of insects—ladybugs, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and crickets—descending on mushrooms, poppies, and cannabis—plants known for their psychoactive, calming effects. Renderings of antique Japanese kimono fabric samples and Byzantine icons further enhance an already rich and visually abundant composition.

About Pae White
Born in 1963 in Pasadena, California, Los Angeles-based artist Pae White received her BA from Scripps College, Claremont, California in 1985 and MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in 1991. She received a City of Los Angeles (COLA) Fellowship in 2003 and a Getty Mid-career Fellowship in 2009. Her solo exhibitions include Saarland Museum, Germany (2017); Le Stanze del Vetro, Venice, Italy (2017); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2015); Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2012); Art Institute of Chicago (2011); Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri (2010); Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona (2008); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2007); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2004). Her public art projects include Metro Rapid Line, Los Angeles County; Oslo Opera House, Norway; and Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. Contributions to publication design include Extreme Abstraction (2005); Ex-Machina, with Jorge Pardo (2002); and Jorge Pardo (1997). Her advertising projects and magazine cover designs have been featured in Art in America, Art issues, Artforum, frieze, and make. Her work is in the collections of the Hammer Museum of Art; Henry Art Gallery; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Tate Modern, London.

About Beta Space
The exhibition series “Beta Space” takes its cue from the legendary Silicon Valley garage: it is a work in progress, resourceful, experimental, and innovative. These projects are purposefully intended to be the opposite of exhibitions planned years in advance. “Beta Space” is a place to encourage artistic experimentation, to incubate ideas, and to foster creative opportunities as well as links within our community.

Launched in 2011, “Beta Space” addresses several priorities for SJMA: to closely connect its audiences with artists and with the artistic process; to showcase the cross-disciplinary interests of many contemporary artists; to foster timely collaborations; and to reflect the diversity and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley. “Beta Space” encourages artists to experiment and venture into new areas by creating new work commissioned by SJMA for the exhibition. Invited artists work collaboratively with the exhibition curator to develop and refine ideas and content for the exhibition.

Previous projects from the series include Ruben Ochoa and Kevin Appel (March 26–August 14, 2011); Anna Sew Hoy (August 27, 2011–February 26, 2012); Ranu Mukherjee: Telling Fortunes (August 18, 2012–January 13, 2013); Diana Thater (March 13–September 13, 2015); and Victor Cartagena (March 17–September 4, 2017).

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