The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of Iraqi born artist Wafaa Bilal in a virtual exhibition that will open on April 6, 2021 through April 1, 2022 in New Art City. Wafaa Bilal is known internationally for his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international and interpersonal politics. Bilal’s work explores tensions between the cultural spaces he occupies —his home in the comfort zone of the U.S. and his consciousness in the conflict zone in Iraq. Produced as part of Bilal’s virtual artist residency at the Thompson Gallery, this exhibition presents project documentation, prototypes, and designs for a 2U cube satellite constructed in partnership with the Digital Media Arts Program at SJSU, which will be launched into orbit in 2022.
Wish You Were Here grew out of a series of brainstorming sessions with the Natalie & James Thompson Gallery and faculty from Art & Design departments at San Jose State University about ways to meaningfully connect the themes from the San Jose Story Map with the visual arts while sheltering in place. Wish You Were Here serves as way to collect multidisciplinary contributions of visual & text based work focused on placemaking in San Jose with sub-themes of: Sheltering in Place, Sustainability, Cultural History, Generational Connectivity, Transformation.
People's Kitchen Collective (PKC) works at the intersection of art and activism as a food-centered political education project. Based in Oakland, California, our creative practices reflect the diverse histories and backgrounds of co-founders Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Jocelyn Jackson, and Saqib Keval. Written in our families' recipes are the maps of our migrations and the stories of our resilience. It is from this foundation that we create immersive experiences that honor the shared struggles of our people. We believe in radical hospitality as a strategy to address the urgent social issues of our time.
Natalie and James Thompson Gallery
The Pandemic Pandemonium invited students to release their artistic, creative, and intellectual geniuses to express, create, analyze, and visualize how the pandemic has affected our lives, our art, and our world. The initiative is a movement designed to reflect and take visible action about the role of artists and thinkers across disciplines in our society as we grapple with this monumental moment.
Visiting artist Shaun Leonardo discussed his multi-disciplinary work in Conversation #4 of the PLATFORM Event Series presented by ConSortiUm. The artist also described his investment in performance as a process of embodiment—exploring the ways in which memory and trauma are lodged within our bodies.
View culminating Fall 2020 class exhibitions from across all disciplines in the Department of Art & Art History. Pictured: Cal Oliver, "Of Illumination and Obfuscation", 2020. Copper, Brass, Acrylic. 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 5". Image courtesy of the artist.