.Visual Art

Silicon Valley's galleries, theater companies and concert venues crack open new art, stage and music productions

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In his new series, ‘Pintura Fresca,’ artist Fernando ‘Force129’ Amaro Jr. takes inspiration from people and their pets. Art by Fernando ‘Force129’ Amaro Jr.

Anderson Collection
Stanford | anderson.stanford.edu

Collected Marks
Mar 8 – Aug 20
The first part of a series showcasing select works on paper from the Anderson Family Collection, “Salon Style: Collected Marks on Paper” will feature the work of 20th century American artists like Arshile Gorky, Helen Frankenthaler and Philip Guston. The collection will be arranged as if the pieces were on display inside someone’s home.

Anno Domini
San Jose | galleryad.com

Sergej Vutuc
Feb 2 – Mar 17
Bosnian street photographer Sergej Vutuc has made a career of capturing the gritty beauty of urban landscapes. “Intimations of Substantiality Beneath” will feature hazy, dreamlike snapshots of skateboarders, crowded boulevards and bustling cafes—all full of movement and life.

Cantor Arts Center
Stanford | museum.stanford.edu

Photography in the Americas
Feb 7 – Apr 30
This exhibition features artists from 12 countries, each of which uniquely utilizes a wide range of unconventional materials to explore how photography influences our view of history and current events.

Framing in Time
Jan 24 – May 28
A series of student-made short films will reimagine photographs from the Cantor Art Center’s collection in an attempt to bring new insight to each image’s original context.

Working Metal in 20th-Century Sculpture
Jan 31 – Apr 30
Featuring the work of Ph.D. candidate Sydney Skelton, this exhibition explores some nontraditional casting methods of metal as a medium through a series of sculptures, photographs and sound recordings.

De Saisset
Santa Clara | scu.edu/desaisset

Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs
Jan 26 – Jun 16
This showcase of snapshots documents some incredible moments in jazz history. The 34 photos by 16 photographers cover the 1920s through the 1980s, and capture many of jazz’s greatest performers—including Miles Davis, John and Alice Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.

KALEID
San Jose | kaleidgallery.com

Pintura Fresca
Feb 2 – 23
The First Fridays Art Walk held in the SoFA district will feature a judicious splash of color with this exhibition by local artist and designer Fernando “Force129” Amaro Jr. His new work, Pintura Fresca, is a series of portraits inspired by the people of the neighborhood and their pets.

MACLA
San Jose | maclaarte.org

Notes on Democracy
Thru Mar 11
The work featured in this exhibition strives to provide much more than political commentary. The six different artists each aims to challenge today’s political climate and spark a lasting conversation about about how we handle current political discourse.

‘Chinese Boy, San Francisco’ is one of the photos on display at the Cantor’s new exhibit, ‘Framing in Time.’ Photo by Andrew Barnaby McKinne

NUMU
Los Gatos | numulosgatos.org

Waterlines
Thru Mar 18
Hoping to aid conservation efforts, NUMU is featuring the work of 16 artists across a variety of media—all focused on our world’s most precious resource. Each work aims to celebrate and educate by diving into our emotional, economic and spiritual connection to the substance we call water.

Art & Environment: Andrew P. Hill
Thru Apr 15
Twelve rare paintings by the local painter, photographer and environmentalist are currently on display courtesy of the Charles and Peggy Bergtold Collection. These beautiful landscapes and portraits from the late 19th and early 20th centuries give us historical snapshots of the Santa Clara Valley long before the tech giants took over. Other Hill-related artifacts are also featured, including rare photographs of his San Francisco studio before it was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire.

What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been
Mar 15
Part of their yearlong exhibition on the century-old, 72-acre property in the Los Gatos Mountains, famously dubbed by hippies as the “House of Freedom”—or Chateau Liberté—NUMU will be screening this developing documentary about the legendary venue at Charley’s LG. For ages 21 and up.

Faces of Resistance
Thru Jul 15
When she arrived in the Bay Area in the 1960s, German-American photographer and activist Ilka Hartmann began her career during one of the most turbulent eras in our history. She was able to capture much of the social justice movement of the time and has continued to document similar events over the course of her 53-year career. This exhibition features photographs from Hartmann’s personal collection, including photos of Cesar Chavez, the anti-war movement, LGBT marches and parades and other related movements and personalities of the time. Also included are related memorabilia, such as protest flyers, Black Panther literature and much more.

SJ Museum of art
San Jose | sjmusart.org

Paintings by Raimonds Staprans
Feb 2 – May 20
San Francisco painter Raimonds Staprans shows us the beauty in these seemingly mundane, California-inspired landscapes and still lifes. From an empty marina to a crate of fruit, the artist utilizes his signature deep blues and saturated yellows in order to capture each slice of Californian life. The exhibition will include a full-color catalogue with essays by experts and critics from around the region.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
San Jose | sjquiltmuseum.org

A Geographical Journey
Jan 19 – Apr 15
Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design Paul J. Smith will be showcasing some never-before-seen pieces from his own collection. Famous for his curatorial works in the American studio craft movement, Smith has accumulated a variety of traditional and ethnographic textiles from around the world.

Talismanic Tresses: Vien Le Wood
Jan 19 – Apr 15
The award-winning textile artist and founder of Gold Spink Studio, Vien Le Wood, features a piece made up of human hair—something she believes “acts as a conductor to our higher consciousness and intuition.”

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