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Founded in 1911 and located in downtown San Jose at the heart of Silicon Valley in California, the Department of Art and Art History remains one of the oldest, most comprehensive and most affordable contemporary art schools in the western United States.
Injustice in Focus Virtual Book Talk @ Fri Feb 9, 2024 12pm - 1pm (PST)
For Black History Month, the Department of African American Studies will host a virtual book talk on the recently published book, Injustice in Focus: The Civil Rights Photography of Cecil Williams. This is a unique opportunity to chat with authors Cecil Williams and Claudia Smith Brinson and learn more about their work. This event is sponsored by the Department of Art and History.
SJSU Faculty Irene Carvajal participates in the The Butterfly Effect, an art exhibition inside a textile factory in Mouzakis Greece.
According to chaos theory, the Butterfly Effect is when a small change in one part of a complex system can lead to significant consequences elsewhere. The Butterfly Effect exhibition adds yet another layer of meaning to the term, since it takes place inside the fully operating textile factory “Butterfly Threads - Mouzakis.”What makes this location even more remarkable is its historical significance, given its position along the ancient procession route of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Its history and location inspired 41 artists each working across diverse artistic mediums. Their installations, pottery, and sculptures are integrated into the daily operations of the factory in a fusion of art and industry. Curated by Kostas Prapoglou & organised by artefact athens.
Marisa Avila (BFA Pictorial Art) says she believes this is important when she is using her art to embody her spiritual beliefs in relation to the natural world, “I have a tattoo of an eye on the back of my neck and I kind of feel like I'm being protected by it,” Avila said. “It’s like all these eyes in my art are protective entities in a way.” Megan Huddlestun (BFA Pictorial Art) said she tends to extract fictional characters from classic western folklore and fairy tales, aspects of natural history and living organisms in nature as inspiration. Huddlestun said these parts of her inspiration intricately fit together like webs to make what she likes to call a functioning and living document of her art.
My article, “The Limits of Counterculture Urbanism: Utopia Planning and Practical Politics in Berkeley, 1969-73” will be published this fall in the Journal of Planning History.
Binh Danh's piece will be displayed in SFMOMA from September 2, 2023–February 19, 2024
Rhonda Holberton, Associate Professor of Digital Media Art, was selected for Montalvo Arts Center’s Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program (LAP) fellowship. Fellows will receive three months of residency time which can be used at their discretion over a three-year period, beginning in October of this year and extending through 2026. Located within Montalvo’s 175-acre public park and historic property in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the LAP is dedicated to providing artists with a self-directed flexible and expansive space in which to take risks, incubate, collaborate, investigate and create.