Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

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New Kinships: Community Dialogues and Interdisciplinary Connections

New Kinships: Community Dialogues and Interdisciplinary Connections presents two distinct, yet interrelated projects: Wish You Were Here, which features multidisciplinary contributions of visual and text based work focused on placemaking, and Community Table, which utilizes printmaking and design to consider food insecurity in San José. With guidance and mentorship of faculty and staff members in Art, Design, English, Urban Studies, and Nutrition, for over a year students have been engaged in thoughtful exploration of concerns that are currently central in the lives of the San José community: the Covid 19 pandemic and ensuing shelter in place orders, food insecurity, climate change and sustainability, cultural history, and intergenerational connection.

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Colorful painting of four figures and a block with a horse head
Roberta Loach, "Equestrian's Pride", 1967, oil on canvas

Where We Are: Selections from the San José State University Art Collection

The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is pleased to reopen to the public with an exhibition of works drawn entirely from San José State University’s extensive art collection. Inspired by the relationship between the University and the Bay Area art scene, the exhibition includes work by faculty, students, visiting artists and notable regional artists representing the major art historical movements and genres of modern art. Featuring work by Helen Gerardia, Jun Kaneko, Roberta Loach, Dennis Nolan, George Rouault, Paul Staiger and others.

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Wafaa Bilal: Canto III

Installation view of Canto III (cubesat) in New Art City.  The cubesat is floating in space above Earth.  The cubesat has a gold bust of Saddam Hussein inside of it.
Installation view of Canto III in New Art City.

Wafaa Bilal: Canto III

A satellite launch, historical archive, and an expanded conversation on the after effects of dictatorship come together in Canto III, a groundbreaking new project by internationally renowned artist Wafaa Bilal. The work is an anti-monument that parodies a 1990’s proposal by Saddam Hussein’s followers in the Ba’ath Party to launch a golden bust of the despot into orbit. Thirty years later, the cubesat designed by Bilal, will be launched into lower orbit and will periodically transmit images of the miniaturized monument against the dramatic backdrop of space to the gallery via a selfie cam. This self-documenting monument is both a critique of the self-reflective nature of monument creation and a commentary on the ways that digital technology has transformed viewers’ collective relationship with not only space, but reality itself.

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Rosa Menkman: Shadow Knowledge

Rosa Menkman Glitch Art
Rosa Menkman: Beyond Resolution, Tuesday Night Lecture Series

Born in 1983 in Arnhem, Netherlands, artist and researcher Rosa Menkman has worked extensively on pushing the boundaries of technology through the exploration of glitches, compressions, encoding, and other artifacts that are produced in analogue and digital media. Menkman’s career is defined by a strong basis in research. In 2010, Menkman published the Glitch Studies Manifesto, in which she laid out eight statements on understanding and working with glitch. The crucial one being that one must start by accepting the inevitability of such errors. “Acknowledge that although the constant search for complete transparency brings newer, ‘better’ media, every one of these improved techniques will always possess their own inherent fingerprints of imperfection,” wrote Menkman. In 2011, she published Glitch Moment/um, which explores the growing field of glitch art and examines it through critical, technical and cultural lenses, before considering the possibilities of a glitch art genre.

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