Come in out of the cold this winter at one of the many thought-provoking exhibits opening this winter and spring in local galleries and museums. In addition, there are worthwhile exhibits that opened in January but are still on view: con.Text by Bryan Ida at de Saisset Museum; Spaces of Belonging at the Euphrat Gallery; and work by Doug Glovaski, David Einstein, Pantea Karimi and Roland Petersen at the Triton Museum of Art.
Through Their Lens
Gilroy Center for the Arts | 7341 Monterey Rd, Gilroy | Feb 1-28
This South County art center marks Black History Month with a group exhibit showcasing the work of Black photographers. A reception will be held 1-4pm on Feb 18.
Community Arts Auction
WORKS/San José | 38 S 2nd St, San Jose | Feb 3-Mar 4
On Feb 3 from 5-9pm during First Friday, WORKS will open the doors of its new home so that art lovers can survey dozens of pieces available for purchase. A fundraiser for the gallery, the exhibition will be on view Fri-Sun through Mar 3. Bidding will be open throughout the show, and there will be a closing auction party on Mar 4 beginning at 5pm. Previews of the work can be found online.
Being. Jennifer DeChenne
Kaleid Gallery | Feb 3-24
Not all art is representational. In her new show Being., San Jose artist Jennifer DeChenne avoids representation altogether, instead depicting the images she imagines when suffering from anxiety. Here, impossible juxtapositions happen peacefully, dreamlike blends of natural life, outer space and inner light.
DESBLOQUEO: An Artist Mixer
Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) 510 S 1st St, San Jose | Feb 9, 6-9pm
Now through Mar 19 at MACLA, the exhibit Pertencer (To Belong) will be on view, featuring the work of six Latinx artists. An additional reason to stop by on Feb. 9 is to attend an artist mixer produced by MACLA and Universal Grammar. In addition to mingling, guests will listen to a set by DJ EMZ and enjoy appetizers from Petiscos. RSVP on EventBrite to attend.
A Change of Scenery
Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery at the Cantor Arts Center | Stanford University | Feb 8–Jul 16
Whether portrayed in paintings or photographs, natural landscapes are one of the most popular subject choices in art. The exhibit A Change of Scenery: Photographs of Leisure in the Landscape, shows work by some 55 American photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries depicting people in various outdoor public spaces but the focus is on what people do in the outdoors, and how it makes them feel.
Sadie Barnette: Family Business
San Jose Museum of Art | Mar 10-Oct 15
Oakland-based artist Sadie Barnette drew from her own roots to create Family Business, a multi-sited exhibition showing Mar 10-Oct 15 at the San Jose Museum of Art and Apr 28-Sep 3 at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. A mix of photographs, drawings, sculptures and a newly commissioned video, the work is part of Visualizing Abolition, an initiative exploring art, prisons, and justice.
ArtNow 2023 Theme: Unarmed Truth
New Museum Los Gatos | 106 E Main St, Los Gatos | Mar 31-Jun 25
NUMU poses a question for its annual Santa Clara County Juried High School Exhibition: The participating artists—all students in Santa Clara County high schools—create an original work of art that reveals a personal or universal truth.
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles | May 10-Aug 20
Life’s a stitch. Originally scheduled for 2022, Queer Threads weaves together the work of more than thirty West Coast LGBTQIA+ artists redefining the fabric arts. To borrow a phrase, these are likely not “your grandmother’s quilts”—though they may incorporate swatches of it. This exhibit shows the fluidity and vibrancy of both the medium and the community.
Silicon Valley Open Studios
Multiple locations | Three weekends in May |
Though this annual extravaganza celebrating local creativity isn’t happening until May, artists who want to participate must sign up by Feb. 5. Since 1986, artists from around the region have opened their doors to the public, who cruise around the region checking out artwork in every medium—paintings, sculptures, woodworking, fabric arts, jewelry, photography, and more. The first weekend, May 6-7, showcases coastside artists. May 13-14 puts the spotlight on Mid-Peninsula creators, followed by South Bay artists on May 20-21.