February 19th, 2019

San José Museum of Art

San José Museum of Art


Since it has been so cold here (still!) and we were in need of an indoor activity, on Sunday D. and I went to the San José Museum of Art to see what's on exhibit.  Here are some of the pics I took.


The exhibit Other Walks, Other Lines focuses on artwork made during the last thirty years in which walking played a role in one form or another.

Omar Mismar's The Path of Love No. 3 uses neon to trace the walking routes he took during 30 days in San Francisco.





Gabriel Orozco's video From Container to Don't Walk plays on a monitor in the corner of the gallery.





Francis Alÿs' Paradox of Praxis 1 performance video documents the artist pushing an outsized block of ice around the streets of Mexico City for more than 9 hours until it had completely melted.  It is meant to represent the experience of "sometimes making something leads to nothing," and also alludes to the futile efforts of thousands of laborers who roam the city's streets pushing carts filled with goods to sell but have nothing to show for their hard work.





Clarissa Tossin's Ladrão de Tênis/Sneaker Thief features casts of popular brands of footwear.  Due to Brazil's developing capitalist economy and increasing desire for material goods, a rising number of thefts of trendy sneakers taken directly off pedestrians' feet has resulted in violence and death.





A banner by Dutch-American artist Lara Schnitger advises us to be the walker, not the dog.





Another piece by Lara Schnitger casts interesting shadows on the floor.





Cuban conceptual artist Wilfredo Prieto put a plant in a wheelbarrow with some soil and took it for a 5-km walk around the island of Curaçao.  Because he could.  Here we see the plant and wheelbarrow, with a photograph of him on his walk on the wall in the background.





Native American New York-based artist Brad Kahlhamer's Nomadic Studio Sketchbooks are featured here.





Upstairs, video and photography installations of Vietnamese-American artist Dinh Q. Lê tell a multifaceted story about Vietnamese life before, during, and after the Vietnam War.







More interesting shadows.





Looking up to the ceiling above a tent of photographs.





Light and Belief: Voices and Sketches of Life from the Vietnam War is an installation of 101 drawings by various artists in pencil, watercolor, ink and oil on paper.





A participatory map invites museum-goers to annotate a local trail map with the favorite places they like to visit for socializing, exercise, or the enjoyment of nature.




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