San José Museum of Art

Modern and contemporary art. Presents a participatory approach to visual arts and education.

The San José Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection with every visit. Welcoming and thought-provoking, the Museum rejects stuffiness and delights visitors with its surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time.

SJMA’s special exhibitions focus on modern and contemporary art. Widely recognized around the country as a stellar showcase for California artists, the Museum presents an array of exhibitions that examine the interface of art and new technologies, themes of current interest to the general public, or the master artists of our time.

The Museum’s burgeoning permanent collection includes over 2,700 modern and contemporary works of art: paintings, sculpture, installation, new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artists’ books. Widely known for supporting California artists, SJMA has earned a reputation for acquiring pivotal artists early in their careers. As part of the strategic plan, the Museum has expanded the focus of its collection to reflect the high-tech interests, dynamic cultural diversity, and international scope of its communities.

In 2022, SJMA presents an array of exhibitions:

Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun

Pae White’s Noisy Blushes

Beta Space: Trevor Paglen

Jean Conner: Collage

Brett Weston

Kelly Akashi: Formations

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1. Brett Weston, Rock and Pebbles, Pebble Beach, California, 1976. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches. Gift from the Christian Keesee Collection, 2020.14.42. Brett Weston on view at San José Museum of Art July 22, 2022 through January 22, 2023. 2. Kelly Akashi, Be Me (Japanese California Citrus),  2016. Lost-wax cast and polished stainless steel, 5.75 x 4.25 x 4.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist, François Ghebaly Gallery, and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Kelly Akashi: Formations on view at the San José Museum of Art September 3, 2022–April 23, 2023. 3. Hito Steyerl, Factory of the Sun, 2015. Single channel high definition video, environment, luminescent LE grid, beach chairs, 23 minutes. Purchased jointly by San José Museum of Art with funds provided by the Lipman Family Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago with funds provided by Albert A. Robin by exchange, and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, through the Board of Overseers Fund. Courtesy of the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin. Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun on view through September 25, 2022. Photo by Frederick Liang. 4. Pae White, Noisy Blushes, 2020; Ink, cable, and electroplated and polished stainless steel; 167 x 166 x 132 inches; 12,000 disks; 504 strands. Commissioned by the San José Museum of Art, in honor of its 50th anniversary. Photography © Fredrik Nilsen Studio. 5. Installation image of Our whole, unruly selves on view at San José Museum of Art through June 26, 2022. Photo by Frederick Liang. 6. Exterior of San José Museum of Art's historic Century Clock Tower. Photo by Frederick Liang.
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